Coe’s Thursday Forum explores musical nationalism

Extra: Lonnie Zingula, Associate Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2010-01-21 09:35:53 - General

Musical nationalism is February's topic at Coe College's Thursday Forum lecture series for adult learners.

Music Professor Marc Falk will examine the roots of musical nationalism and trace its development around the globe. The main focus will be on the music, but Falk will also examine the social, political, and cultural contexts that led to its creation.

Starting in the late 19th century, musical nationalism led countries to develop a new classical music of their own. Many incorporated traditional (or native) scales, rhythms, folk music or dances, forms, or instruments. Others were more nationalistic in content, celebrating national heroes, places or events, and setting texts by native poets. Finally, much nationalistic music was simply self-defined. The act of being trained in your own country and writing music for local ensembles was often enough to make your music nationalistic.

Each week will include lecture and sound recordings. The lectures will explore musical nationalism in Germany, Italy, France, Russia, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Scandinavia, England, Mexico, Brazil and Venezuela, as well as the United States.

The lectures are held in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Each session begins with coffee and pastries from 8:45-9:15 a.m., followed by the class until 11:30 a.m. The course is open to all adults and registration is on-site. The cost of the four-part series is $30, or $10 per week.

For more information, call (319) 399-8561. Thursday Forum schedule:

  • "My Country 'tis of Thee: Musical Nationalism Around the World" - Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25
  • "Armchair Adventures: Earthwatch Expeditions & Great Destinations" - March 4, 11, 18, 25
  • "Merchants, Migrants & Missionaries: A History of U.S.-East Asia Interaction" - April 1, 8, 15, 22