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Russian Musical Identity: Past, Present and Future
Oxford, May 2002

University of Oxford
European Humanities Research Centre
Malcolm Bowie, FBA, Director

Russian Musical Identity: Past, Present and Future
Two-Day Conference: Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May 2002
The Old Library, All Souls College, Oxford OX1 4AL

This conference has been organised in conjunction with Oxford Contemporary Music's
Russian music series (2 May to 8 June 2002), a programme of performances, films
and discussions featuring the residency of the New Studio Ensemble from Moscow.
Further details may be obtained from

Friday 17 May

3.00-3.15    Welcome and Introduction
Prof. Malcolm Bowie. EHRC and All Souls College and Dr Rosamund Bartlett, EHRC,
conference chair

3.15-4.15   Session I
Prof. Marina Ritsarev, Department of Music, Bar-Ilan University, Israel: "The
Problem of National Identity in 18th-Century Russian Music"

Dr. Leslie Kearney, Hamden, CT, USA, "Intonatsiia: Identity and Non-Identity in
Russian Music"

4.15-4.45 tea

4.45-5.45  Session 2
Dr. Caroline Brooke, Department of History, Queen Mary College, University of
London: "Changing Identities: The Russian and Soviet National Anthems"

Dr. Philip Bullock, Wolfson College/Sub-Faculty of Russian, Oxford: "The Formation
of National Taste in the Russian Art Song in the Light of the 1937 Pushkin

8.00 Oxford Contemporary Music event: Concert by Stekpanna, Anglo-Scandinavian
jazz trio, featuring Leonid Vintskevich and David Goloshchokin, Jacqueline du Pre
Music Building

Saturday 18 May
9.30-10.30 Session 3
Dr. Irina Snitkova, Department of Musicology, Gnesin Academy, Moscow: "The Music
of Ideas and the Idea of Music: Russian Conceptualism and the Western Avant-garde"

Prof. Svetlana Savenko, Department of the History of Russian Music, Moscow
Conservatoire: "Tarnopolsky and Chevengur: Platonov's novel as a Paradigm of
Post-Soviet Musical Culture "

10.30-11.00 Coffee

11.00-12.30 Session 4

Dr. Marina Frolova-Walker, Clare College/Faculty of Music, University of 
Cambridge: "The Hidden Fault-Line in Russian Musical Identity: The 'Tragic Soul'
Myth and Its Rival"

Dr. Rosamund Bartlett, EHRC/Departments of Russian and Music, University of
Durham: "New Identities: The Post-Soviet Musical Landscape"

Prof. Alexander Ivashkin, Department of Music, Goldsmiths College, University of
London: "Songs my mother taught me: Recycling Processes in Soviet Popular Songs
and in Post-Modern Russian Music"

12.30-2.00 Lunch

2.00-4.00 Session 5=20
Prof. Vladimir Tarnopolsky, Department of Composition, Moscow Conservatoire: "When
Time Overflows its Banks: Some Comments on the Opera"

Video-screening of When Time Overflows its Banks, opera by Vladimir Tarnopolsky
based on Chekhov's Three Sisters, commissioned for the Munich Biennale, 1999

4.00-4.30 Tea and final discussion

5.00-6.30 Oxford Contemporary Music event: Showing of Evgeny Bauer's "After Death"
(1915), with live performance by the string trio Triptych of music by Oxford-based
composer Nicholas Brown, The Auditorium, Magdalen College

8.00 Oxford Contemporary Music event: Studio for New Music Ensemble, Moscow,
artistic director Vladimir Tarnopolsky, conductor Igor Dronov: programme of
Russian music of the 1920s, The Auditorium, Magdalen College


REGISTRATION All are welcome. There is no registration fee, but since space is
limited those wishing to attend are asked to notify Margaret Lord at All Souls
College, preferably by e-mail: Those who attend
should make their own arrangements for lunch and any accommodation needed.

For further information about the conference, please write to

European Humanities Research Centre
76 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6LE, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1865 284680
Fax: +44 (0)1865 284681