Richard Markowitz has made a lifelong study of domestic and foreign record catalogs (from 78s to LPs and CDs) and has focused in detail on the history of sound recordings and published scores in the areas of concert works, folksong, and musical theater.
The Unknown Hans Christian Andersen
Andersen’s fairy tales are known and loved the world over, but they have eclipsed his output as novelist, playwright, poet, travel writer, and autobiographer. His work in each of these genres, and as a graphic artist, will be examined and discussed. To follow along (highly recommended), you may request texts in advance. Forward your email address to Richard at email@example.com and he will email the texts to you before the class. [This class was originally scheduled for summer session 2022, but was preempted because of the instructor’s bout with COVID.]
Paul Robeson vs. the House Un-American Activities Committee
In 1956, the distinguished bass-baritone, actor and civil rights activist Paul Robeson was summoned to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). In spite of declining health and emotional vulnerability, he defended himself with eloquence and forthrightness. We will hear interviews and speeches in which Robeson expressed his political and ideological beliefs, as well as his appearance before HUAC. To follow along (highly recommended), you may request texts in advance. Forward your email address to Richard at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will email the texts to you before the class