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Master Class I: Igor Stravinsky

Professor Gustavo Romero

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) was one of the most influential composers and artists of twentieth-century music, both in the West and in his native land. Although he composed primitivist, neoclassical, and serial works, he is best known for three compositions from his earlier, Russian period: L'Oiseau de feu (“The Firebird”) (1910), Petrushka (1911), and Le sacre du printemps (“The Rite of Spring”) (1913). These daring and innovative ballets practically reinvented the genre. Stravinsky also wrote for a wide range of ensembles in a broad spectrum of classical forms, ranging from opera and symphonies to piano miniatures and works for jazz band to the powerful spirituality of works like the Symphony of Psalms and the Mass. In his long career, there was scarcely a musical form that Stravinsky did not turn his hand to.

July 5 Early Years with Rimsky-Korsakov and Diaghilev

July 12 The Rite of Spring, the War Years (WW1)

July 19 Neoclassicism and Maturity

July 21 A Citizen of the World: The New Stravinsky (NB: This class is on Friday)

Instructor: A native of San Diego with heritage in Guadalajara, Mexico, Gustavo Romero discovered his love and gift for the piano at the age of five and gave his first public performances at the age of 10, when he also won his first piano competition. At 13, he performed with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. Rudolf Serkin recognized his exceptional talent, and at the age of 14 he attended the Juilliard School. For the past 16 years, Romero has performed a summer series of concerts in La Jolla, sponsored by the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, featuring music of one composer each year. In the last 12 years he has graciously shared his talent with Osher, giving four lectures, including piano excerpts, each summer. Romero is a Professor of Piano at the University of North Texas.

Coordinator: Reed Sullivan

Course Number: OSHR-70134   Credit: 0 units


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