This October Lecturer of Music Dr Paul Smith (University of New England); and Penrith Regional Gallery Director, Sheona White will guide you through four enlightening mornings of insight and discovery as they explore 20th Century Music Trends on Monday 14 October and French and Australian Impressionism on Monday 21 October.
For Music Insights in October, the presentation will consider:
The Great Divide: Music Trends in the Early 20th Century (14 October)
During the first half of the 20th century, new musical languages were being developed across Europe, America and Australia. Many composers had to choose which camp they would side with. There was extensive pressure to adopt serialism, argued by Schoenberg as the music of the future, or continue using classical structures but deal with the pressure of finding ways to reinvent these ideas and forms. The result was a difficult period for composers and audiences alike, and a time of tense creative relationships around the world.
Out of this period comes some of the most thrilling, inventive, and highly regarded pieces of music; now standard classical music repertoire, including Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Rachmaninov’s three piano concertos. We will also look at music from female composers who made their mark, such as Ruth Crawford Seeger in America and Lili Boulanger in France.
The Great Divide will explore the trends and characters of this time and look at them within the global politics of the early 20th century.
In October, Art Insights explores:
French and Australian Impressionism (21 October)
Exhibitions of Monet and Van Gogh are well known to draw huge crowds and long queues all around the world. What is the compelling allure of their paintings? What is the context that nurtured these talented artists?
French Impressionism arose at a time of great change and the paintings often depict scenes of leisure in public parks, gardens and social spaces of entertainment. Yet they also depict the work that goes into these pleasurable pursuits such as the hard work of ballerinas’ rehearsals, and laundresses keeping fashions beautiful.
The artists of Australian Impressionism were thought to be the first to capture a real Australian landscape in oil paint and as a key moment in Modernism, this rich period in art evokes many fascinating insights into the life and times of the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Each talk will begin at 11am with refreshments and a light morning tea, and finish at 12.30 with a short break in the middle with a short Q&A at the end.