Igor Stravinsky (05:09)
The two world wars changed the course of musical history. In 1913 when the ballet "Rite of Spring" hit Paris, there was a riot. An excerpt from the ballet called the sacrificial dance is included.
Edward Elgar’s "Cello Concerto" (06:13)
After WWI, Europe was devastated. Elgar’s "Cello Concerto" was a kind of requiem for a lost world. An excerpt from this work is included.
Erick Satie (02:17)
After WWI, composers and musicians looked for new ways of writing tonal music. An excerpt from Satie’s "Three Waltzes of the Fastidious Dandy" is included.
Scott Joplin and Igor Stravinsky (03:52)
An excerpt from Joplin’s "Maple Leaf Rag" is included. The phonograph took ragtime and jazz to Europe. An excerpt from Igor Stravinsky's "Ragtime" is included.
Paul Hindemith (02:33)
Paul Hindemith's "1922 Suite for Piano" contains a ragtime movement "with the exuberance of a Joplin rag," but underpinned with a sense of horror over WWIl. An excerpt is included.
Darius Milhaud (01:57)
An excerpt from Milhaud’s "La Création du monde" demonstrates a French take on American jazz music.
Sergei Prokofiev (03:18)
Prokofiev’s "Quintet in G Minor" demonstrates the revolutionary qualities found in his music. An excerpt is included.
George Gershwin (02:50)
When Gershwin went to Paris, he took with him some special talents and wide acceptance for "Rhapsody in Blue," a blend of jazz and classical music. An excerpt from Gershwin’s "An American in Paris" is included. Leonard Bernstein conducts.
Maurice Ravel (05:42)
Ravel’s style is very personal, controlled, and cool. His music seems to suggest a longing for order, calm, and peace. An excerpt from his "Piano Concerto in G" is included.
Kurt Weill (02:53)
“Mack the Knife” from Weill’s "Kleine Dreigroschen Musik" is featured.
Bela Bartók (07:58)
Bartók was intensely interested in ethnic and rural folk music in his own country. It was to be the inspiration behind many of his works. An excerpt from Bartók’s "Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion" is included.
Dmitri Shostakovich (05:10)
Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 ("The Leningrad") depicts the onset of the WWII and the horrors that followed. An excerpt is included.
Benjamin Britten (08:54)
This excerpt of Britten’s "War Requiem" features Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Sir Peter Pears, and Galina Vishnevskaya.
Credits: War and Peace (01:15)
Credits: War and Peace
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