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at the 92nd Street Y (or NYU) since 1984


(courses last twelve weeks, 100 minutes per session, unless otherwise indicated.) 



SURVEY COURSES, 1700 – Present 

The Art of Listening: An Introduction to Music

Music Below the Surface: An Introduction to Music

The High Baroque, 1700-1750: Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Couperin, Telemann

The Classical Style, Part I: Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven

The Romantic Style: Schubert to Mahler

Music for Orchestra: The 18th Century

Music for Orchestra: Beethoven to The Rite of Spring

Music from 1825 to 1945: Schubert to Stravinsky

The 20th Century: Debussy to Glass

The Evolution of the Symphony: Haydn to Mahler

The Symphony After Mahler: Sibelius to Glass

The Living Composer

Music in the 1890's - Europe and America

Music in the 1910's - The Emergence of Modernism

Music of the 1920's - Europe and America (featuring 12 television programs created by Aaron Copland)

Music of the 1930's - Europe and America

Music of the 1940's - Europe and America

Leonard Bernstein's Omnibus Lectures Revisited, 1955-58 

Music of Our Time: 1960-2000 - America and Latin America (two consecutive semesters, 24 weeks) 

The Complete, "The Unanswered Question": Exploring Leonard Bernstein's Norton Lectures

Music in Times of Crisis



The Keyboard Music of Johann Sebastian Bach

The 18th Century: Enlightenment to Revolution

Johann Sebastian Bach and His World (2 consecutive semesters, 20 weeks)

Haydn & Mozart – The Symphony

Haydn, Mozart and the Birth of the Quartet

Haydn Quartets

Haydn & Mozart: Trios, Quartets and Quintets

The “Complete” Mozart (3 consecutive semesters, 34 weeks)

Mozart Before Vienna: 1773-1781

Mozart in Vienna: 1781 to 1791

The “Complete” Beethoven (3 consecutive semesters, 34 weeks)

Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies

Beethoven: Chamber Music, Quartets and Sonatas

Piano Concertos of Mozart and Beethoven



The Music of Franz Schubert: Classicist and Romantic

Frederic Chopin and the Romantic Era

Robert Schumann: Radical Modernist & Classicist

Schumann and Chopin: a 200th Birthday Celebration

Mendelssohn & Schumann – The Chamber Music

Johannes Brahms – Music for Orchestra

Johannes Brahms – Chamber Music, 1855-1870

Johannes Brahms – Chamber Music, 1871-1896

Music of Russia, Part I: Tchaikovsky & Mussorgsky

Music of Russia, Part II: Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich

The Complete Mahler (2 consecutive semesters, 24 weeks)

Music for Orchestra, 1805-1850: from Beethoven to Liszt

Music for Orchestra, 1850-1913: from Brahms to Stravinsky 



Benjamin Britten: 100th Birthday Celebration

The Isle of Joy: Music of Claude Debussy

The Music of Maurice Ravel: Incomparable Beauty

Erik Satie and the Birth of the Avant Garde

Birth of the Modern, Part I: Paris, 1889 to 1929       

Birth of the Modern, Part II: Vienna and Berlin, 1900 to 1934

The “Complete” Stravinsky (2 consecutive semesters, 24 weeks)

Bela Bartok: His Music and World

Music of England, Part I: Elgar, Delius & Vaughn-William

Music of England, Part II: Benjamin Britten, William Walton

Modern Beauty: 100 Years of Music for Dance

Music of Terezin: Ullman, Krasa, Haas, Klein & Berman (three-week mini-course)

Erik Satie and Claude Debussy





American Masters, Part I: 1890 to 1950, Ives to Copland

American Masters, Part II: 1950-2000, Bernstein to Adams

The American Composer Today

Gershwin at 100

Copland at 100

Music by Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein & the Jewish Experience

Copland & Bernstein at the Millenium

Music of Samuel Barber                                

The African-American Composer in America

Crossing Genres: 1990-2010

The “Minimalists” – Riley, Reich, Glass, Adams, etc…

Music from Latin America – 20th Century

American Music Comes of Age  The Concert  Hall: 1920-1950



Louis Armstrong: From New Orleans Style to Modern Master

Jazz, Part I, The Birth of Jazz: Joplin to Armstrong

Jazz, Part II, Swing & the Rise of Modern Jazz: From Duke to Bird

Jazz, Part III, Bebop and Beyond: From Dizzy to Miles

Jazz, Part IV, From Coltrane to Marsalis

Jazz, the Composers: Joplin to Marsalis

Ellington at 100

Ellington in the Concert Hall: The Suites

Jazz in the Concert Hall – from Europe to America

The Jazz Concept Album, Parts I & II

Five Giants of Jazz: Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Wayne Shorter



The Blues: W.C. Handy to Muddy Waters

American Song: Stephen Foster to the Present

American Song, Part I, 1830 to 1920 

American Song, Part II: 1920 to 1945 

American Song, Part III: The Rise of Rock and Roll: 1945 to 1970

American Roots Music: The Song of Rural America

Bob Dylan

American Song: The Singer-Songwriter, Part I

American Song: The Singer-Songwriter, Part II

American Song: Women Songwriters

From Spirituals to Soul: The Rise of Soul Music

Blowin' in the Wind: Politics & Song, American Style

The Concept Album

The Beatles

The Beatles After The Beatles – The Solo Careers

Love in Song: Love, Lust & Sexual Politics in Song since Stephen Foster

Bob Dylan & Paul Simon at 70: Forever Young

A Birthday Celebration: Carole King, Brian Wilson, Joni Mitchell & Randy Newman @ 70 

Four Essential Songwriters: Leonard Cohen, Laura Nyro, Neil Young & James Taylor

Bob Dylan at 75

Paul Simon at 75


George Gershwin’s Musicals: The Road to Porgy and Bess

The American Musical as Opera – from Porgy to Rent

Music for the Theatre: The American Musical and the 20th Century

Gershwin at 100

Sondheim at 85

The Theater of Leonard Bernstein: from Fancy Free and On the Town to Mass and The White House Cantata

The Theater of Stephen Sondheim (two semesters, 20 weeks)

Kurt Weill at 100

Weill & Sondheim: Modernists in the Theatre

The Cradle Will Rock: Politics and the American Musical Theater


SPECIAL LECTURES at 92Y (Many of these lectures are given in coordination with a 92Y concert in Kaufman Concert Hall. Lectures are 110 minutes long.)

Introducing Bach, Part I: Preludes and Fugues (2012)

Introducing Bach, Part II: Suites and Partitas (2013)

The New Tango of Astor Piazzola (2013)

W. S. Gilbert, The First Lyricist (2013)

Kern and Hammerstein's Showboat (2013) 

Music for Shakespeare: Mendelssohn, Ellington, Rosen (2013)

Felix Mendelssohn: The Romantic Classicist and the String Quartet (2014) 

Mozart: Chamber Composer to the Emperor (2014)

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel (2014)

West Side Story (2014)

The Fred Astaire Songbook (2014)

Robert Schumann, 1830's Modernist: Carnaval (2014)

Beethoven: The “Hammerklavier” Piano Sonata (2015)

Leonard Bernstein & Jerome Robbins: On the Town and Fancy Free (2015)

Leonard Bernstein: Candide (2015)

Ellington Uptown: Harlem and Beyond (2015)

The Genius of Louis Armstrong (2015) 

Jelly Roll Morton and the New Orleans Style (2015)

Introducing Charles Ives (2015)



1. Gershwin at the Piano 

2. The Story of Rhapsody in Blue 

3. Concerto in F 

4. An American in Paris

5. Hollywood and Havana (The Second Rhapsody and Cuban Overture)

6. The Political Operettas: Strike Up the Band; Of Thee I Sing; Let 'Em Eat Cake

7. Porgy and Bess

8. Last Songs: Hollywood, 1936 - 37


Beethoven and the Sonata as Fantasia (2016): Op. 27, Nos. 1 & 2

Haydn and the String Quartet (2016): Op. 33, No. 2, "The Joke"

The Genius of Miles Davis (2016)

Harold Arlen and the Blues (2016)

Stride: The Great Harlem Pianists (2016)

Take the "A" Train: Billy Strayhorn at 100 (2016)



1. Aaron Copland and the Jazz Age

2. Aaron Copland and the Great Depression

3. Aaron Copland and the Sound of America

4. Aaron Copland at the Pinnacle: Appalachian Spring


Introducing J. S. Bach: The Two-Part Inventions (2016)

Mozart at the Keyboard (2016)

Harold Arlen: The Early Years -- from Harlem to Hollywood (2017)

Mussorgsky and Pictures at an Exhibition (2017)

Cole Porter: Easy to Love (2017)

Beethoven's Grosse Fuge (2017)

Bach's Cello Suites: An Introduction (2017)

Lerner & Loewe: The Making of My Fair Lady (2017)



1. Introducing Ellington: The 1920's

2. It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing: Ellington in the 1930's

3. Making Ellington Masterpieces

4. Ellington, Black, Brown and Beige: Composing for the Concert Hall