NOSTALGIA & INNOVATION IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY FRENCH MUSIC
THE JACK HYLTON MUSIC ROOMS
LANCASTER INSTITUTE FOR THE CONTEMPORARY ARTS
LANCASTER UNIVERSITY, UK
8 MAY 2009
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Nigel Simeone (Sheffield University)
Programme Committee: Dr Deborah Mawer (Lancaster University); Richard Langham Smith (Royal College of Music); Rachel Moore (Royal Holloway, University of London); Adam Greig (Lancaster University)
Organisers: Adam Greig and Philip Purvis (Lancaster University)
Following the Exposition Universelle of 1889, French music became increasingly dislocated between a rich, forgotten and imagined past and a future full of hope, expectation and excitement. This Study Day seeks to explore how nostalgia and innovation influenced France’s artistic climate from the fin de siècle until the end of the twentieth century. The harmonically adventurous invocations of ‘the ancient’ in the music of Debussy and Ravel; the playful milieu of the baroque and classical, sharpened with a twist of modernity, in the works of Stravinsky and Les Six; and the reconfigured romanticism and overt expressionism of Messiaen and Jolivet, are but a few examples of the past/future dichotomy which shaped and continues to impact upon much of France’s artistic output.
We invite 20-minute papers which approach any domain of French music research (whether historical, analytical, or critical) centring on the preoccupations with, and relationships between, the past and the future. Topical issues include: how the past/future dialectic has affected composers’ outputs and shaped a distinctly French music; why interdisciplinary and collaborative modes have been so important in the development of a French artistic identity; what particular role nostalgia might play in current areas of French musicological research.
Proposals should be submitted by email attachment in the form of a 200-word abstract with a separate cover-sheet (detailing name, contact details, institution and AV requirements). Proposals should be sent to Adam Greig (a.greig2 at lancaster.ac.uk) by 31 December 2008. General enquiries can be sent to the same address. The Programme Committee will assess the abstracts and successful candidates will be notified by 31 January 2009.