Awakening of Russia: A Musical and Historical Passage

Dr. Nancy Bailey and Dr. Newell Boyd explore the rich surge in Russian culture and creativity from after the death of Czar Nicholas I until the outbreak of the Russian Revolution.

Painting of Russian theater

There was a spectacular flowering of Russian culture in the aftermath of the death of Czar Nicholas I (1825-55). Ushered in was a relatively liberal ear which, combined with a powerful national upsurge, yielded a period of remarkable creativity -- noted especially in this course by Russian music. This interdisciplinary course couples the historical and musical threads of Russian culture from the death of the aforementioned Romanov Czar until the end of World War I and the outbreak of the Russian Revolution.

PHOTO CAPTION: Performance in the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, Russia


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MLSC 618 Nancy Gisbrecht Bailey, Newell Boyd On-campus 6:15-9:30 p.m. Monday, September 11, 2017

Instructor: Nancy Gisbrecht Bailey

Nancy Gisbrecht Bailey, Ph.D., is a lecturer in vocal studies for the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. She also teaches at the Houston Women's Institute and for the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice. Dr. Bailey does pre-performance lectures for the Houston Symphony Orchestra and Houston Grand Opera, has done radio work for Col Canto -- a vocal performance group in Houston -- and the Houston Ballet and has lectured for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She has been with Col Canto since its inception and in addition to speaking at most of their concerts, she is program consultant and vice president of the board of directors. She is currently writing "Song, Lieder, Mélodies, Canzone: A Discussion of the Literature for Voice and Piano." Dr. Bailey holds an undergraduate degree in music from the University of Redlands in California and a master's degree and a doctorate in musicology from the University of Southern California.

Newell Boyd, Ph.D., is a semi-retired professor of history whose primary teaching field is Victorian Britain and the British Empire. He is also an instructor for the Master of Liberal Studies program at Rice University and has been published in a variety of books and scholarly journals in the field of British history. He has published two historical novels on the lives of Joseph Chamberlain and John Ruskin. Dr. Boyd holds a doctorate in history from Texas Tech University and has done post-doctoral research at the University of London, Birmingham University, the London School of Economics, Oxford University, the University of Manchester and the University of Edinburgh. He has been a fellow at the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London and is a member of England’s Society of Authors and the Royal Historical Society.

Term: Fall 2017

Start Date: Sept. 11, 2017

End Date: Nov. 20, 2017

Schedule: 6:15-9:30 p.m.

Length: Eleven Mondays

Location: Rice campus

Note: This course was offered in Fall 2017 as part of the Graduate Liberal Studies program. Please select VIEW CURRENT OFFERINGS to see similar classes offered by the Graduate Liberal Studies program.

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