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The Life and Music of Irving Berlin: America's Schubert

Thomas Cimarusti
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Course Description

George Gershwin referred to Irving Berlin as the "Greatest songwriter that ever lived." Explore the life and music of one of the greatest American composers/lyricists through classic hits such as "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "Cheek to Cheek," and "Blue Skies." How did Berlin write songs or play piano without any formal musical training? How did he so beautifully integrate the music with the sentiment of the lyrics? Come find out as we investigate Irving Berlin's contribution to American pop culture. And, of course, a lecture on Irving Berlin would be incomplete without a live performance!

About the Instructor

  • Thomas M. Cimarusti, Ph.D., is a Professor of Music History at Florida Gulf Coast University. He has lectured at various campuses across the country including Florida State University, Utah Valley University, and Texas Tech University. With an interest in 18th and 19th-century music, Cimarusti has presented conference papers and has published on the topics of Mozart, Beethoven, Italian opera, and chamber music in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. His current research interest concerns the musical culture of the Koreshans, a Utopian group that settled in Estero, Florida in the late 19th century.