The term “Art Deco” is used to refer to the iconic visual arts style that reigned in the early 20th Century between World War I and World War II. It is not something that is applied to music; however we
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Art Deco: Music of the 1920s & 1930s

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main

by Gabrielle Riel on Thursday, 27 March, 2014

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The term “Art Deco” is used to refer to the iconic visual arts style that reigned in the early 20th Century between World War I and World War II. It is not something that is applied to music; however we at Radio Riel are changing that for the day!

Today’s program on Radio Riel’s Main stream is comprised of both popular and classical music from roughly 1920 — 1940. This time frame was also the era of the Art Deco movement.

One of the components of Art Deco that differentiated it from any previous artistic movement was its focus on progress via technology. Possibly the best musical example of this was Aaron Copland’s piece “The City”. The City” was a documentary made for the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City. Copland’s score accompanied the film, which described the ideal “City of Tomorrow”.

As a part of today’s program, we will be playing “The City” at 2:00pm, 6:00pm and 8:00pm North American Pacific time.


Today’s program is presented by Gabrielle Riel. If you are in the United States, please click here to launch the Stream Licensing player. To listen from outside of the United States, click here to start your player .

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