Jazz Meets Classical Music

Jazz Meets Classical Music

Karl Hinterbichler, Ph.D., UNM
February 9, 2020

The Roaring Twenties: jazz meets the classical world or was it the classical world meeting jazz? This was a time of tremendous change both in classical and popular music. In the first few decades of the 20th Century there were a large number of composers such as Strauss, Mahler, Puccini, and Rachmaninoff, still hanging on to 19th century romantic musical ideals. Others argued that those times had passed and a radically new musical language was needed to express a changing world. Radicals such as Schönberg, Berg, Webern, and Varese, wanted to completely do away with the lush romantic language and replace it with completely new concepts. There was also a third way emerging, with many classical composers still clinging to traditional tonal practices but finding inspiration in the idioms of jazz and the new popular dances of the Roaring Twenties. But how can these be incorporated into a classical style? 

Karl Hinterbichler teaches applied music, music history and chamber music at UNM. He has performed professionally with numerous organizations including the National Repertoire Orchestra, Florida Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Eric Hawkins Dance Company, Santa Fe Opera, New Mexico Symphony, Opera Southwest and the New Mexico Brass Quintet, an ensemble that toured worldwide. Active as a writer, lecturer and arranger, he has had numerous original works, arrangements, reviews, book chapters and articles published both in the US and in Europe.

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