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British Music and Modernism 1901-1939

University of Birmingham Study Day, Saturday 6 May 2006

Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon

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10.30 am Coffee

Session I

11.00 am John Pickard (University of Bristol)
Edward Elgar, Havergal Brian and Strauss's 'young progressivists'

11.30 am Christopher Scheer (University of Michigan)
'Significant form': Gustav Holst on the composer and music in the modern

12.00 pm Gareth Thomas (University of Birmingham)
What is 'modern music'? The search for an English musical modernist

12.30 Lunch

Session II

2.00 pm Christopher Mark (University of Surrey)
'The boughs have withered because I have told them my dreams': Warlock's
The Curlew and the harmony of despair

2.30 pm Aidan Thompson (Queens University Belfast)
The 'Celtic North' as a critique of pastoralism
3.00 pm J. P. E. Harper-Scott (Royal Holloway, University of London)
'Our true north': Walton's First Symphony and Sibelianism

3.30 pm Tea

Session III

4.15 pm Paul Rodmell (University of Birmingham)
'Damned ugly me bhoy': the curse of Stanford

4.45 pm General discussion

5 pm End

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