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Socialist Realism in Central European Music: 1945-1955
Cardiff, March 2001

Central European Music Research Centre (CEMRC),
Department of Music, Cardiff University,
in collaboration with the Department of Music, Bristol University

Socialist Realism in Central European Music: 1945-1955

Cardiff University
Saturday 10 March 2001
11.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

Provisional Programme and Timetable


11.00    Welcome & Introduction: Adrian Thomas (Cardiff)
11.10    Christopher Norris (Cardiff)
11.35    Mikulas Bek (Brno)
'Socialist Realism and the Tradition of Czech National Music: Czech Music of
the 1950s'
12.00    Rachel Beckles Willson (Bristol)
'Realisms and Realities between text and music in Kurtág's pieces for the
12.25    Discussion session led by John Tyrrell (Cardiff)

13.00-13.45    LUNCH

13.45    Lóránt Péteri (Budapest)
'Official and Unofficial Patronage of Musicology in Hungary under State
14.10    Adrian Thomas (Cardiff)
'Hide and Seek: Lutoslawski's concealed cantatas as paradigms of a creative
14.35    Discussion session led by Malgorzata Szyszkowska (Cardiff)

15.00-15.30    TEA

15.30    Toby Thacker (Cardiff)
'Relatively Content?  Musicians and Republikflucht in the early GDR'
15.55    David Tompkins (New York)
'Composers' Unions in Poland and the GDR, 1948-1956: Comparing Methods of
Composer Self-Organisation and Political Control'
16.20    Discussion session led by Jonathan Osmond (Cardiff)
16.45    Respondent to the Day: Jim Samson (Bristol)

17.00    DRINKS

'The Hidden Composer:Witold Lutoslawski and Polish Radio', an exhibition
first seen in January 1997 at the Barbican Centre in London as part of the
BBC's Lutoslawski festival 'Breaking Chains', will be on display during the

Conference fee, incl. buffet lunch and refreshments:  £15 (£5 students)

Enquiries and Conference details:
tel:    +44 (0)29-2087-6626
fax:    +44 (0)29-2087-6025

CEMRC, Department of Music, Cardiff University,
Corbett Road, Cardiff, CF10 3EB, Wales, UK