Music of Gershwin & Bernstein
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: The Arts
Course Number: LMUS 2015
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
- Music History, Theory & Criticism
- Visual Culture
While classical composers have a long tradition of borrowing from popular music, only a few composers have been able to succeed in both the “pop” and the straight “classical” world, One was George Gershwin, who started as a Tin Pan Alley songwriter and went on to write the opera Porgy and Bess. The other was Leonard Bernstein, who began in the classical world but went on to write the highly successful musical West Side Story. This course will look at why both American composers were able to “cross-over” constantly between popular and classical music, and how this ability made both the “popular” and “classical” compositions of each composer standards in their respective repertoires.
Open to Undergraduate students.