Notes & Reviews:
George Frederick McKay composed 'Epoch', which has lain forgotten for virtually seventy years, as 'An American Dance Symphony'. This new art form was to express in colourful music, costumes and dance scenes, utilizing the latest techniques in lighting and stagecraft, the spirit of four great American poets: Edgar Allan Poe, Sidney Lanier, Walt Whitman and Carl Sandburg, as well as the flow of history through romantic, pastoral, pioneering and industrial episodes. 'Epoch' was first performed in 1935 during the Great Depression, with severe social-political turmoil brewing on many fronts, and McKay's music, like the 1927 silent movie 'Metropolis', warned of a dawning robotic and polluted modern industrial society, in contrast to a peaceful, natural existence.
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Works DetailsMcKay, George Frederick : Epoch :: An American Dance Symphony, for orchestra & women's chorus
- Conductor: John Nardolillo
- Ensemble: University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra
- Notes: Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Lexington, KY (02/06/2007-02/08/2007)
- Running Time: 62 min. 8 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Written: 1935