In the book Music in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries (Western Music in Context: A Norton History) I see this line:

Krenek’s opera ends with Jonny standing on top of a globe while a dancing mob below sings, “The radiant New World comes across the sea to take over old Europe through dance.”

I don't understand what the "across the sea" infer. From which continent to which continent?

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    While it does relate to music, I think in the future this type of question should go to EL&U or ELL.This is a question about the English language. – user45266 Mar 2 at 6:08
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    I would tend to agree with @user45266 that this kind of question belongs on ELL. We might deal with vocal technique and delivery - and even, perhaps, the creative choices involved in writing lyrics - but straightforward questions about meaning are probably best-served there. – topo morto Mar 2 at 8:14


This opera contains various other symbols of change from the Old World to the New in addition to that in your quote, like the theft of a classical musician's violin which is then put to use in jazz, again to represent the changing of ways.

The character mentioned, Jonny, is an extrovert, and engaged with the world around him. He is contrasted with the introverted Max, who is a Romantic archetype, living isolated from the world around him. The world changed, but Max didn't change with it.


This opera is quite a prophetical one: The sentence means that the New World (America) will come with its music and dance (jazz and rock’n roll) across the ocean and conquer the old continent Europa.

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