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Read more at: Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4: Depictive Text-Painting and the Birth of the “Musical Idea” - Jack Boss (University of Oregon)

Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4: Depictive Text-Painting and the Birth of the “Musical Idea” - Jack Boss (University of Oregon)

Wednesday, 6 March, 2024 - 17:00

Abstract: There has been disagreement among music scholars as to whether Schoenberg’s string sextet, Verklärte Nacht , tips the balance toward program music or absolute music. Some argue for a line-by-line correspondence with the Richard Dehmel poem that inspired the work, while others argue that Verklärte Nacht , as a...


Read more at: Chopin’s Suicidal Plan? Rethinking Failure in the Early Nineteenth-Century Non-Modulating Sonata Exposition - Anne Hyland (University of Manchester)

Chopin’s Suicidal Plan? Rethinking Failure in the Early Nineteenth-Century Non-Modulating Sonata Exposition - Anne Hyland (University of Manchester)

Wednesday, 28 February, 2024 - 17:00

Abstract Scholarly tradition reveals a preference for reading the monotonal expositions of Chopin’s early sonatas (Opp. 4, 8 and 11) as unsuccessful attempts at a more normative dual-tonal structure owing to their lack of establishment of an expected secondary key. Writing on the Op. 11 Piano Concerto, Donald Francis Tovey...


Read more at: Unveiling Sounds: Music and Commemoration in Weimar (1849–1859) - Michele Calella (University of Vienna)

Unveiling Sounds: Music and Commemoration in Weimar (1849–1859) - Michele Calella (University of Vienna)

Wednesday, 21 February, 2024 - 17:00

Abstract: When Franz Liszt took up the post of Kapellmeister of the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach in 1848, Weimar had just entered a new phase of its cultural history. The writers who had contributed to its reputation as the 'New Athens' - notably Goethe, Schiller and Herder - were increasingly stylised as the...


Read more at: Humanist Connotations and Musical Rhetoric in Qigang Chen’s Choral-Orchestral Work Jiang Tcheng Tse - Sun Yue (Shanghai Conservatory of Music)

Humanist Connotations and Musical Rhetoric in Qigang Chen’s Choral-Orchestral Work Jiang Tcheng Tse - Sun Yue (Shanghai Conservatory of Music)

Wednesday, 14 February, 2024 - 17:00

Abstract: Jiang Tcheng Tse , a choral-orchestral work composed by Qigang Chen in 2017, is based on Su Shi’s ( 蘇軾 , 1037-1101) mourning poem Jiang Cheng Zi: Yi Mao Zheng Yue Er Shi Ri Jimeng ( 江城子 · 乙卯正月二十日夜記夢 a riverside town: dreaming of my deceased wife on the 20 th night of the 1 st lunar month. After its world premiere...


Read more at: Opera Down the Line - Flora Willson (King's College London)

Opera Down the Line - Flora Willson (King's College London)

Wednesday, 7 February, 2024 - 17:00

Abstract: This is a talk about cultural connectedness in the 1890s. More than a century before what media scholar José van Dijck identifies as our own “culture of connectivity”, urban life in the West was closely entangled with infrastructural networks: of transit, media and communication. Those networks characterise “...


Read more at: Listening to Early Modern Travel Writing - Emilie K.M. Murphy (University of York)

Listening to Early Modern Travel Writing - Emilie K.M. Murphy (University of York)

Wednesday, 31 January, 2024 - 17:00

Abstract: This talk introduces the short monograph I am working on: Listening to Travel Writing: Sound, Bodies and Samuel Purchas' His Pilgrimes . Its central argument is that the epistemic value of hearing (both real and imagined) was vital to early modern travel literature. It builds on the recent work of musicologists...


Read more at: Plenisentient Musicking - Bettina Varwig (University of Cambridge)

Plenisentient Musicking - Bettina Varwig (University of Cambridge)

Wednesday, 24 January, 2024 - 17:00

Abstract: In this colloquium, I will discuss some of my recent research on early modern modes of music making. In particular, I will propose the idea of plenisentience as a basis for understanding these past musical experiences. Plenisentience posits a model of being-in-the-world in which human sense-making takes place in...


Read more at: Arthur Honegger’s ‘Modernized Eroica’: Dissolving Liberal Selfhood in Berlin 1933 - Dr Emily MacGregor (King’s College London)

Arthur Honegger’s ‘Modernized Eroica’: Dissolving Liberal Selfhood in Berlin 1933 - Dr Emily MacGregor (King’s College London)

Wednesday, 29 November, 2023 - 17:00

Arthur Honegger’s Mouvement Symphonique nr. 3, the third in a trio of symphonic movements that began with Pacific 231 and Rugby —and the only one without a juicy programmatic title—was a commission for the Berlin Philharmonic’s 50 th anniversary celebrations. It premiered in Berlin in March 1933, just days after the...


Read more at: The Scattered Court: Hindustani Music in Colonial Bengal - Dr Richard David Williams (SOAS, University of London)

The Scattered Court: Hindustani Music in Colonial Bengal - Dr Richard David Williams (SOAS, University of London)

Wednesday, 22 November, 2023 - 17:00

How did Hindustani art music respond to the political transition from the Mughal empire to British colonialism? In this lecture, I will introduce my recent book which examines musical society and culture in nineteenth-century India. The book charts the movements of musicians and dancers, and the transregional circulation...


Read more at: “Enhanced by Conscious Selection”: Eugenics, Scientific Management, and the Quest to Make a Better Musician - Alexander Cowan (Jesus College, Cambridge)

“Enhanced by Conscious Selection”: Eugenics, Scientific Management, and the Quest to Make a Better Musician - Alexander Cowan (Jesus College, Cambridge)

Wednesday, 15 November, 2023 - 17:00

Analysis of writing by eugenicists in Britain and the USA from 1869 to 1945 reveals an unlikely preoccupation with musical ability. Following discipline founder Francis Galton, eugenicists believed musical talent to be a particularly obvious example of an inherited gift, and, therefore, proof that other qualities, such as...