1920–1930, The Roaring Twenties

Manuel Orazi (1860–1934). from L’Amour et l’Esprit Gaulois by Edmond Haraucourt, ca. 1925, color engraving. Bridgeman Images

Concert Program VI

1920–1930, The Roaring Twenties

In 1921, Russian influence expanded in the east, the Miss America pageant was born, and, for the first time, baseball was heard on the radio. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s immortal documentation of the hedonistic Jazz Age, was published in 1925. Four years later, Wall Street crashed, bringing a decade of prosperity to an end. These years likewise saw Romanticism’s cinematic legacy come to life in the music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold, while nationalist fervor found voice in Ravel’s Basque rhythms and Bartók’s folk-inspired modernism. Half a world away, a young George Gershwin emerged as an icon of the Roaring Twenties in the United States.


Sergei Prokofiev(1891–1953)
Five Melodies for Violin and Piano, op. 35bis (1925)
Maurice Ravel(1875–1937)
Sonata for Violin and Cello (1920–1922)
Béla Bartók(1881–1945)
String Quartet no. 3 (1927)
George Gershwin(1898–1937)
Lullaby for String Quartet (ca. 1919–1920)
Erich Wolfgang Korngold(1897–1957)
Piano Quintet in E Major, op. 15 (1921)