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Romania - Enescu - Europe

New York, December 2005

Call for papers

Festival commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of George Enescu, organized by the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation of the City University of New York Graduate Center and the Romanian Cultural Institute of New York, co-sponsored by the Mannes College of Music

1-2 December 2005

The two-day festival with conference and concerts will commemorate George Enescu (1881-1955), the great Romanian composer, violinist, conductor, and teacher. Throughout his life Enescu maintained a close relationship with New York, returning there to teach, perform as a violinist, and conduct the New York Philharmonic; in 1936 he was one of the candidates considered to replace Toscanini as its permanent conductor. After World War II he gave lessons at the David Mannes School of Music.

The conference, which will take place at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, will examine the political and cultural context of Enescu's activities in his native country, Europe, and the United States. Proposals are invited for individual papers on the following topics:

  • Enescu - violinist, composer, conductor, pedagogue
  • Romanian modernism of the 1920s and 1930s in a European context
  • Enescu in the musical life of Romania, France, and the United States
  • Enescu and his contemporaries in East Central Europe
  • European modernism of the first half of the 20th century
  • Transformations of folk idiom in art music
Abstracts of 200-300 words may be submitted before 1 September 2005 to:

Zdravko Blazekovic
Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation
The City University of New York Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016-4309, USA
Telephone: +1-212/817-1992, Fax: +1-212/817-1569
e-mail: zblazekovic@gc.cuny.edu

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