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May 6, 1889: The Opening Day of the Exposition Universelle in Paris

From: The WFMT Radio Network
Series: The Keeping Score Series: 13 Days When Music Changed Forever
Length: 59:00

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The Exposition Universelle was where Debussy first heard gamelan music, and “world” music became a part of Western European classical language.  Composers before and after Debussy frequently turned to vernacular sources for inspiration, whether Brahms, Mahler, and Bartók incorporating folk melodies, Copland and Gershwin using the rhythms of Latin dance, or Steve Reich quoting West African drumming.

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The Exposition Universelle was where Debussy first heard gamelan music, and “world” music became a part of Western European classical language.  Composers before and after Debussy frequently turned to vernacular sources for inspiration, whether Brahms, Mahler, and Bartók incorporating folk melodies, Copland and Gershwin using the rhythms of Latin dance, or Steve Reich quoting West African drumming.

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In- (Crowd noise and distant band)
Out- "...WFMT Radio Network."

Length- 58:59

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