Frost Professor Frank Cooper Presents The Gilded Era: Music and Arts in Europe and America 1890-1914

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Frost Professor Frank Cooper Presents The Gilded Era: Music and Arts in Europe and America 1890-1914

By UM News
Professor Frank Cooper Offers Lecture Series, "The Gilded Era" exploring Music & Arts in Europe & America 1890-1914.
The University of Miami Frost School of Music presents The Gilded Era: Music & Arts in Europe & America 1890-1914. The autumn lecture series is presented by Frost Research Professor of Musicology Frank Cooper as a special non-credit course for lovers of music, images and ideas. The five, Monday evening sessions will take place in Clarke Recital Hall on the Coral Gables campus from 7:30-9:30 PM beginning September 12. 

This series aims to “paint” for a view of the Gilded Era using audio, video and live performances in the company of commentary drawn from the personalities of the day and now. The sessions will also incorporate colorful images of artworks, architecture, theatrical design, and clothing. Familiar faces will appear alongside new faces – and famous musical works will accompany wonderful pieces for the audience’s enrichment.

The effulgent glory of Romanticism had peaked by the Mid-Nineteenth Century. Its heir, Late Romanticism, swept forward to Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, and Mahler. All the while, new movements such as Symbolism and Impressionism eddied on the periphery of public and critical opinion.

Enormous international expositions on two continents excited interest in technological advances and in foreign cultures. Musical life in the great cities broadened into new genres affecting composers, their marketplace and ultimately consumers. The seeds of modernism were sown as the lavish era teetered on the brink of extinction with the Great War and Russian Revolution to come. As a result, everything was changing – musical harmony, form and style, esthetic theory, societal norms, and ideas of education.


The Frost School of Music, one of two schools created in 1926 when the University of Miami was founded, is one of the largest and best music schools located in a private university in the U.S., and one of the most comprehensive in all of higher education. The naming gift from Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost was one of the historic highlights in the life of the School. Building on its foundation as a Conservatory of Music, the Frost School has pioneered new curricula and was the first in the nation to offer professionally accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music Business and Music Engineering Technology. The Frost School was also among the first to offer degrees in Studio Music and Jazz, Music Therapy, and Accompanying and Chamber Music. In addition, the Frost School was the first in a major university to develop a student-run label, ‘Cane Records, and a publishing company, Category Five. The School’s innovative programs, combined with its traditional areas of concentration, offer its students one of the widest choices of career programs of any music school in the nation. The Frost School continues to lead, having recently established a new songwriting degree; the “Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program.” Also, the world-renowned Henry Mancini Institute has relocated from Los Angeles to the Frost School.

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