Western art music has had a complex relationship with social class. In its origins, the notated music of the West was in the hands of those educated by the Church or empowered by the nobility. With the Romantic movement of the nineteenth century, composers turned to the "music of the people" as a resource for melodic material and in order to evoke a nostalgically idealized pastoral world. In reality, though, the uneducated or socially marginalized classes could not contribute to the stream of art music with any permanence; it would take the advent of recording technologies to give fuller voice to a diverse society. This morning's musical selections feature the work of classical composers who turned to folk music for inspiration, as well as the music of composers shunned in their own lifetimes by the musical establishment. Read on for programming details, and stay tuned for spoken introductions.
Gathering Music: Adam Kent, piano
Halling, Op. 47, No. 4
Peasants' March, Op. 54, No. 2
Dance with Sticks
On the Spot
Humoresque in Gb Major, Op. 101, No. 7
"It Don't Mean a Thing"