William Sterling

SPOTLIGHT: Music

Dmitri Shostakovich

Prokofiev and Shostakovich This course examined how two Russian composers came to terms with the constraints of living and working under the Soviet regime. Unlike their contemporaries, Rachmaninov and Stravinsky, both Prokofiev and Shostakovich found ways to express their artistic integrity within the strict confines of Soviet Russia. They were both censored at times but… Read more »

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor – The Black Mahler Best known for his youthful masterpiece Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast, Coleridge-Taylor was considered by Elgar to be the most gifted composer of his generation.  He was the composing son of a West African father and English mother. His “Hiawatha” trilogy became one of the most popular choral works in England.… Read more »

Johannes Brahms

Brahms and Bruch This was a comparative study of the two greatest German instrumental and choral composers of their day whose reputations have not fared equally well. Johannes Brahms and Max Bruch were two of the most celebrated composers in late nineteenth century Germany. Bruch predicted that his fame would fade as Brahms’s grew. Although… Read more »

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