The Music of America – North and South
Jazz, the Blues and Latin American dance music have all played important parts in the development of popular music over the part century. But to think that’s where music of the Americas starts and ends would be a big mistake.
When Antonín Dvořák went to New York in the 1890s to lead the new National Conservatory of Music, he was captivated by the richness of the traditional music of the negro population. Meanwhile, Heitor Villas-Lobos in Brazil, Astor Piazolla in Argentina and Silvestre Revuelas in Mexico – among many others – have found exciting ways of building their compositions on the foundations of the folk and traditional music of their countries.
Using excellent recordings – audio and visual – we shall explore all this in its dazzling variety.
Residential Fees From: £397. Non Residential: £460.
Course runs from Dinner on Friday to Lunch on Sunday.
Gwyn Parry-Jones is a widely experienced musician, as performer, conductor and academic. He has held posts at the universities of Oxford, Gothenburg and Reading, where he was for many years Director of Music in the Faculty of Education, and remains a visiting lecturer at Reading and Oxford. As a performer Gwyn has played with the Hallé and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestras among others, under the batons of some of the world’s greatest conductors, including Barbirolli, Giulini and Rattle. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Reading. Gwyn is also well known as an adjudicator and mentor for Music for Youth, and is a composer of numerous published works.
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