History of music program to feature Richard Rognstad Richard Rognstad, associate professor of music at The University of South Dakota, will present the third Spring Colloquium in the History of Music at Farber Hall of Old Main at 12:05 p.m. Friday, May 5.
The Department of History at USD, with support from the University Honors Program, will sponsor the presentation by Rognstad titled, "American Art Music before the First World War: Why Bother?" The lecture is free and open to the public.
Unlike their fellows in the fields of science and commerce, even art and literature, American composers of the 19th century had a difficult time establishing an identity and having their works accepted into the repertories of performing ensembles. Unfortunately, one may therefore assume that our musical heritage includes nothing of value until the time of Ives and Copland.
Rognstad will briefly trace the history of American art music during the period between 1850 and 1918, propose some reasons why the music is so little known, and suggest that learning of it may be both beneficial and rewarding.