Paris Across the Semester

At the beginning of this semester I had little idea of what was happening in Paris in the 1920s. I knew it is right after the first World War and it was the sweet spot before the second war started with a surge of nationalism happening all across Europe. I had some...

Triumphs and Trials in the Research Process

In my current research about the Théâtre du Châtelet I in Paris I have encountered documentation on a number of concerts and premieres taking place there in the 1920s, however specificities of these concerts are lacking. I began my research process using the St. Olaf...

Negrophilia: Genuine Respect or a Passing Fad?

While I do believe several 1920s Parisians had a genuine love and respect for African American artists, this number of people was limited. It is separated between the people who celebrated African American artists for their uniqueness with respect and admiration and...

Wanda Landowska: Master of the Harpsichord

Polish national, Wanda Landowska, brought the harpsichord revival to France and all of Europe in the early twentieth century. After beginning piano at age four she received a more formal music education beginning at the Warsaw Conservatory with Jan Kleczyńsky and...