Department of Music

Stravinsky/Cocteau/Oedipus: Myth, Music and Modernism
A Colloquium on the Stravinsky/Cocteau 'Oedipus Rex'
Bristol, July 2004

Stravinsky/Cocteau/Oedipus: Myth, Music and Modernism

A colloquium on the Stravinsky/Cocteau 'Oedipus Rex'

Wednesday 7th July 2004; The Victoria Rooms, University of Bristol

Igor Stravinsky's opera-oratorio Oedipus Rex of 1927, with its libretto by Jean
Cocteau translated into Latin, appears in both subject and form as an extraordinary
and fascinating intersection of different intellectual and cultural traditions: the
reinterpretation of ancient Greek tragedy for the modern world (as seen also in
Cocteau's Antigone), the re-imagining of antiquity (above all through an emphasis on
myth and 'primitivism') and the negotiation of ideas of the 'classical' and the
'monumental' in composition and performance.

The aim of this conference is to bring together scholars studying the different
traditions of twentieth-century music, modern French drama and the reception of
classical culture, both to explore different aspects of this particular work and to
consider its place in the wider cultural context.

Speakers: Maureen Carr (Penn State), Edward Forman (Bristol), Nicholas McKay (Sussex)
and Stephen Walsh (Cardiff).

For further details, please visit the website
( or contact Neville Morley
( or Vanda Zajko (