Paris During La Belle Epoque: Society, Art and Music

OSH 587 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English

Course Description:

Surveying the aesthetic trends in Paris during La Belle Époque and its aftermath.  Focusing on stylistic novelties in the music of Debussy Satie, Ravel, and Stravinsky from the 1880s to the 1920s.  Appending Charles Ives as the great contemporary avant-garde composer in the US.

Week 1 Fiction and reality of La Belle Époque.  From late Romanticism to the diverse artistic movements in Paris of the 1880s.  Traditional and new stylistic features in select piano works by Claude Debussy.

Week 2 Debussy’s orchestral works : a new approach to the musical evocation of poetic and visual sources.

Week 3 Erik Satie : Music as Furniture.  His pivotal influence on 20th-century aesthetics.

Week 4 Maurice Ravel’s remarkable stylistic diversity: select piano and orchestral works.

Week 5 The Ballets Russes in Paris. 1910-1913; excerpts from known works by Rimsky-Korsakov and Stravinsky.

Week 6  Charles Ives: Select works from 1908-1916


Instructor:  Dr. Judith Etzion


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This course is available as part of the following:

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Courses
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all OLLI at UM fall courses will be taught remotely, via Zoom.

OLLI 2020-2021 Membership is required to take this course and will be added to your cart upon enrollment. If you already have purchased a membership, you will not be charged for this membership.
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Starts: 8/1/2020 Ends: 7/31/2021