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Giorgio De Chirico Self-portrait 1920/Edward Hopper Automat 1927
Art, History & Politics, Music, Theater & Dance

Novecento: Italy & USA

What Makes It Italian? Studies in Contrast

April 26, 2021
6:30 pm

A time of Nationalism in art and music, with Italians refreshing traditions and American artists destabilizing them.
Italian pairing: Ildebrando Pizzetti’s Requiem recreates Renaissance styles in 20th-century terms, and Giorgio de Chirico repurposes Ancient Rome.
American pairing: Charles Ives underlays the traditional song “At The River” with skewed harmonies, and Edward Hopper destabilizes Americana.

What Makes It Italian? Studies in Contrast is a music listening and discussion group that meets online on the Zoom platform and is open to everyone.

Participation is free.

The group is led by Gina Crusco, who guides listening at Bard LLI and Riverdale Y, and who has been music instructor at The New School and director of Underworld Productions.

Please email to confirm your attendance and receive an invitation link.

What seems indescribable in music often becomes easy to name in the visual arts. So this series for the first time offers much to see as well as to hear. Each week an Italian pairing of music and art is held up against a similar pairing from elsewhere. Noting how the Italianate aesthetic contrasts with England, Spain, France, the Low Countries, Austria and the US will help us define more clearly “What Makes it Italian.”