What is it that can give a song unique power—an enduring sense of immediacy and universal appeal? In this course we are going to explore four such songs in depth: Ol’ Man River; I Got Rhythm; St. Louis Blues, and Strange Fruit. Learn about the biographies of these songs—how they came to be, their deep structure, their cultural context and more.
Dr. Joshua Berrett earned a BA from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, an MA from Columbia University, and a PhD from the University of Michigan. He studied at the Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard, and at the Tanglewood Music Center. He is a Professor Emeritus at Mercy College, a freelance violinist, and the author of many publications on music. With his wife, Lynne, he is co-founder of the non-profit Ageless Mind Project, Inc.
Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25, August 1 at 10:10 to 11:50am