The Roaring Twenties

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Monday, July 04, 2016

Duke Ellington (seated) and members of his famous Ellington Orchestra Duke Ellington (seated) and members of his famous Ellington Orchestra (Photofest)

Jazz, airplanes, skyscrapers and the invention of the radio, these exciting new developments and others from the Roaring Twenties were reflected in the innovative compositions of that time. This week on Exploring Music, host Bill McGlaughlin surveys the rollicking music that was written and performed in the cities of New York, Paris and Berlin from 1920 to 1929. We'll hear works by American composers George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Aaron Copland and William Grant Still, as well as the Europeans ones, including Edgard Varèse, Erik Satie, Béla Bartok, Francis Poulenc, Igor Stravinsky and Kurt Weill.

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Comments [2]

Les from Miami, Florida

I think two other composers embraced the "devil-may-care" atmosphere of the roaring and experimental 1920's: Paul Hindemith and George Antheil; the former with his "Kammermusik" and Trio for Viola, Heckelphone and Piano and the latter most famously for his "Ballet Me'chanique" with doorbell and airplane propeller. True, both went through stylistic change and/or evolution in years to come, but I think they deserve inclusion in this era nonetheless.

Jul. 07 2016 08:47 AM
Peter from New York

Why the early 1940s photo when you are advertising a 1920s show?

Jul. 06 2016 03:04 PM

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