The World Changing: The 1890s

Date: August 24, 2021
Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Location: Show map
JCC of Middlesex County
1775 Oak Tree Road
Edison, NJ 08820

Contact: Sue Horwitz
Phone: 732.494.3232

Presenter: Robert Butts, PhD

The 1890s was a decade of immense change – technologically, politically, socially, economically and culturally.  All these impacted the arts and music in major ways.  On the one hand, the decade has been called a period of “Late Romanticism” with some composers such as Edgar Elgar, Richard Strauss, Petr Tchaikovsky and Antonin Dvorak continuing to compose works that remain popular and influential.  At the same time composers such as Claude Debussy, Charles Ives and Arnold Schoenberg were creating early modernist masterpieces.  The world of popular music saw the beginnings of jazz, the development of Barbershop singing, early Broadway musicals, and ragtime.  In the opera world, Ruggiero Leoncavallo and Giacomo Puccini created the world’s most popular operas in a style that was both Late Romantic and Early Modern.  The technology that most impacted the music world was the development of recording, broadcasting and film.

Dr. Robert W. Butts serves as Music Director and Conductor with the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey and The New York Classical Music society.  He teaches at The Casperson School of Graduate Studies at Drew University and at Montclair State University.  As a composer, Dr. Butts has created popular works for orchestra, voice and chamber ensembles.


“Grant Funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners 

         Through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.”


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