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Elgar and Musical Modernism, London, 14 December 2007

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ONE-DAY CONFERENCE: ELGAR AND MUSICAL MODERNISM

INSTITUTE OF MUSICAL RESEARCH, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON/GRESHAM COLLEGE

14 DECEMBER 2007

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: PROF. BYRON ADAMS (UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE)

Among the chief areas of growth in Elgar studies in the last decade have been various approaches to his relation to musical modernism, conceived in broad terms which encompass musical structure and design and the cultural contexts in which his music was written, operated, and has maintained or changed its meaning and significance in subsequent generations. Scholars have considerably enriched our understanding of his music by assessing his symphonic processes alongside those of Sibelius, Mahler, and others; by questioning his position in British art and culture as it underwent the process of change attendant on being a late-imperial power; and by relocating his art and thought alongside broader European concerns, for instance vis-a-vis the Decadent movement and a number of gender identities. As new definitions of modernism break down previous disciplinary boundaries, Elgar is coming into clearer focus as an important critical voice in the first years of twentieth century.

This one-day conference is held by Gresham College, Holborn (London), in association with the Institute of Musical Research. There is no registration fee, but reservations are required. The day will end with a performance of music by Elgar and his contemporaries.

Provisional Programme 

10.00   Welcome and coffee

10.30   Session 1: Elgar, Modernism, and Modernity
Matthew Riley (University of Birmingham): 'Musikalische Moderne: Dahlhaus and After'
Christopher Mark (University of Surrey): 'New Music, Progressivism, and Elgar's Relation to Modernism'
Charles Edward McGuire (Oberlin Conservatory): 'Edward Elgar: "Modern" or "Modernist"? Memory, Nostalgia, and Ambivalence in the Views of the British Press, 1900-1920'
               
12.00   Discussion

12.30   Lunch

2.00    Session 2: Elgar's Intertextuality, Influence, and Iconoclasm
David Crilly (Anglia Ruskin University): 'Elgar and the Aesthetic of Collision'
Raphael D. Thöne (University of Music and Drama Hannover): 'Elgar's Influence on Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006): Elgar's Pomp and Circumstances as a Model for a British Concert Overture?'
David Owen Norris (University of Southampton): 'Elgar's Pianistic Iconoclasm'

3.30    Discussion

4.00    Break

4.30    Keynote paper: Byron Adams (University of California, Riverside)

5.30    Discussion/round-table

6.00    Concert

To book, visit the Gresham College website: <http://gresham.ac.uk/event.asp?PageId=4&EventId=718>

Enquiries about the conference should be submitted to the conference convenors, J. P. E. Harper-Scott (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Daniel M. Grimley (University of Nottingham) at the following email address: ElgarIMR@gmail.com


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