Department of Music

Ethel Smyth session, International Musicological Society
Melbourne, July 2004


Commemorating the life and music of Ethel Smyth (1858-1944), 60 years
after her death


Music Commemoration is one of the themes of the 2004 Symposium of the
International Musicological Society, to be held in Melbourne, Australia
11-16 July 2004. I would like to propose a session on Smyth for this
symposium and invite Smyth scholars to send me expressions of interest.

The English composer Ethel Smyth has been attracting increasing scholarly
interest over recent years, from a variety of perspectives. Her
extraordinary compositional career, unique music, compelling biography and
success as a writer are only a few of her claims to scholarly attention.

If you would be interested in submitting an abstract, please contact me as
soon as possible, as the deadline for session submissions is 1 May 2003.

My own research into Ethel Smyth over the last decade has focused on
reception of her music and the nature of her career. My PhD thesis (2001)
addressed the German and English reception of her operas.

Dr Elizabeth Kertesz
Research Fellow, University of Melbourne, Australia
ekertesz@unimelb.edu.au