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LECTURE RECITALS ON AMERICAN MUSIC

Peter Muir’s lecture recitals focus on American Vernacular Music 1890-1930.  They combine his brilliance as a pianist and singer with his expertise as a musicologist, and are  sophisticated in their presentation, yet accessible to a wide range of audiences. These are some of the most popular programs:

• Rags, Blues and All That Jazz
An exploration of these three styles of American music  tracing emergence and development. Details »

• Pioneers of Ragtime
What ragtime is, how it arose, and why it’s important.  Details »

• Grace and Beauty: The Rise of Black Popular Music
Inspirational recital that explores the treasury of songs and instrumentals written by black popular composers from the Civil War to the Great Depression. Details »

• The Worlds of Rhapsody in Blue
Culminating in a performance of the work itself, this recital celebrates the diverse styles that came together to form Gershwin’s masterpiece. Details »

• `S Wonderful: The Genius of George Gershwin
A lecture-recital exploring the multi-faceted talent of arguably the greatest of American composers, George Gershwin (1898-1937). Details»

•”I Love a Piano”: Neglected Gems of the American Parlor
Explores the neglected musical treasures created for the American parlor at its heyday 1900-1920. Details »