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Shostakovich: Centenary Reflections

UK Shostakovich Society
Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, Friday 15th September - Sunday 17th September, 2006


Friday 15th September

15.00   Registration

16.45   Welcome address
Lewis Owens (President, UK Shostakovich Society)

17.00 Paper session: death and the late quartets
Kristian Hibberd (Goldsmiths College, University of London) 'Narrative
structure in the Fifteenth Quartet: a chronotopic interpretation'
Yulia Kreinin (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) 'Shostakovich's last
quartets and Mahler's last symphonies: a farewell to the world, or
lust for life?'

18.00 Paper session: film music
Hélène Bernatchez (University of Cologne) 'Shostakovich and FEKS: the
music to New Babylon and Odna'
John Riley (British Universities Film and Video Council) '"Hello
Belinsky, do you know Michurin?": fulfilling expectations in the
Soviet biopic'

19.00   Dinner

20.00   Performance
'Unfinished' String Quartet
String Quartet No 9 in E flat major, op 117
The Fitzwilliam String Quartet

Saturday 16th September

09.00 Paper session: Shostakovich and Shakespeare
Fiona Ford (University of Nottingham) 'Ophelia's music from
Kozintsev's film version of Hamlet: acknowledging its Shakespearean
Erik Heine (Oklahoma City University) 'Shostakovich, King Lear and the
concert hall?'

10.00   Paper session: Shostakovich and the Soviet republics
Aida Huseynova (Baku Music Academy) 'Shostakovich and Azerbaijan'
Yevhen Stankovych (Ukrainian Music Academy) 'Shostakovich and Ukraine:
the tragedy of Babyn Yar'

11.00   Refreshments

11.30 Paper session: reception and collection in Britain
Pauline Fairclough (University of Bristol) 'The old Shostakovich:
reception in Britain 1932-1992'
Derek Hulme (Scotland) 'Pictures of the past: cataloguing Shostakovich'

12.45   Lunch

13.45 Workshop: String Quartet No 7, op 108
Michael Mishra (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville)
'Shostakovich's other autobiographical quartet? Narrative, modalism
and personal allusion in the Seventh Quartet'
Fitzwilliam String Quartet

14.30 Lecture-recital: Satirï, op 109, and Japanese Lyrics (fragments)
Svetlana Savenko (Moscow Conservatory) 'The word in Shostakovich's
music: on the evolution of his vocal writing'

15.30 Paper session: songs
Gilbert Rappaport (University of Texas at Austin) 'The poetics of word
and music in Five Satires (Pictures of the Past), op 109:
representations through the prism of Russian cultural history'
Francis Maes (Universiteit Gent) 'Shostakovich and the Pushkin songs'

16.30   Refreshments

17.00 Lecture-recital: Sonata for Viola, op 147
Erik Levi (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Alan George
(Fitzwilliam String Quartet)

18.00 Keynote lecture Levon Hakobian (Arts History Institute, Moscow)
'The symbolism of twelve-tone rows in Shostakovich's late music'

19.00   Drinks reception

19.30   Conference Dinner

21.00   Concert
Preludes and Fugues, op 87, Nos 23 and 24
String Quartet No 11 in F minor, op 122
Piano Quintet, op 57
Colin Stone, Piano
The Fitzwilliam String Quartet

Sunday 17th September

09.00 Paper session: Eros and Psyche
Richard Pleak (Albert Einstein College of Medicine) 'Shostakovich's
use of music for trauma resolution'
Vladimir Orlov (Clare College, Cambridge) 'Shostakovich and
the Soviet eros: forbidden fruit in the realm of communal communism'

10.00 Paper session: instrumental music
Lyudmila German (City University of New York) 'The constructive role
of polyphony in the Second, Fourth and Eleventh Symphonies'
Sofia Moshevich (Toronto, Canada) 'Shostakovich and the piano'

11.00   Refreshments

11.30 Lecture-recital: 24 Preludes and Fugues, op 87
Tanya Ursova (Goldsmiths College, University of London)
'Shostakovich's 24 Preludes and
Fugues, op 87: hidden aspects of performance interpretation'

12.45   Lunch

14.00   Concluding performance
Piano Sonata No 1, op 12
Aphorisms, op 13
Piano Sonata No 2, op 61
Alissa Firsova, Piano

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