Frank Cooper Spring Lecture Series ‘Music and the Arts in France, Impressionism to Early Moderism’

May 01, 2013 — Coral Gables, FL — University of Miami Frost School of Music Research Professor of Musicology Frank Cooper presents a special non-credit course beginning Tuesday, May 7, 2013 entitled Music & the Arts in France, from Impressionism to Early Modernism. Preregistration is required, and closes at 12 p.m. on Monday, May 6.

Five weekly lectures will take place beginning May 7 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Clarke Recital Hall in the Weeks Center for Recording and Performance, 5501 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables. Tuition is $150 for all five lectures. Click here to pre-register online by credit card. To order by phone, please call 305-284-2400. Sales for the series will close at 12 p.m. on May 6.

Tuesday, May 7, Seeds of Newness
Tuesday, May 14, Growth of the New
Wednesday, May 22, The Blossoming
Tuesday, May 28, The Fruiting
Tuesday, June 4, More Seeds

Cooper describes the spring lecture theme as follows:

The young composers, poets and painters of Paris gradually realized the limits imposed by past traditions and sought, unpopularly at first, to discover new means of expression with the potential to exist in the face of the academic. Vividly inspired, contentious personalities felt obliged to champion the new against the established & did so eventually, if controversially, over a period of roughly seventy years.

As arts of revolt, the age’s stunning array of progeny remain among society’s most continually vital and cherished. This series seeks to inculcate understanding, evaluation and enjoyment of the era’s pioneers, their social environment, their entanglements of influence & their created works in the changing but related arts of words, pigments and tones.

Featured will be three major composers: Gabriel Faure, Claude Debussy & Maurice Ravel as well as others whose names (and music) you will delight in knowing. To be considered are the group known as Les Six, the poets Baudelaire, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Mallarmé, the painters Manet, Fantin-Latour, Renoir, Monet, Seurat, Moreau & Braque, the sculptors Rodin & Claudel, the novelists Flaubert, Zola, Stendhal & Proust, and a host of other creative minds drawn to Paris in this overwhelmingly exuberant era.


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Research Professor of Musicology, Frank Cooper