Over six sessions the class will tour the twentieth century theater, movie, and pop music worlds and how they were effectively invented by Jewish publishers, songwriters, lyricists, and composers. We’ll have a close look at the great songwriters of the era, including Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Harold Arlen, and all the talented lyricists and collaborators that worked with them. We’ll also talk about how Jewish merchants in New York City in the late nineteenth century effectively invented music publishing and the modern system of pop charts and promotion. Many musical examples (live and recorded) will make this class a very enjoyable experience.
Class 1: The Invention of Music Publishing and Promotion, Irving Mills, and others - How a bunch of Jewish merchants turned an art form into a commodity
Class 2: Irving Berlin - How Israel Balint became an American and changed American music forever
Class 3: George Gershwin - From the tenements of Brooklyn to the concert halls of the world with his brother and chief collaborator, Ira Gershwin
Class 4: Harold Arlen - The great songwriter who’s almost one of America’s great secrets
Class 5: Richard Rodgers and Jerome Kern - The men who invented and perfected modern musical theater with collaborators Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II
Class 6: Who Else? - A look at many other Jewish composers, arrangers, lyricists, and creators of American music in the twentieth century and beyond, including Jewish refugees in Hollywood before WWII, into the television era, and beyond
Registration Fees: $55 for members; $70 for non-members
Mondays, 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
October 12, 26; November 2, 9, 16, 23 [please note change in dates]
Read more: Fall 5776/2015: The American Popular Song: A Jewish Invention?