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Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979)
Waltham, MA, September 1999

Rebecca Clarke

A Conference and Concert

Saturday, September 25, 1999

Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Rebecca Clarke was part of the renaissance of English music that took
place between the two world wars.  A professional violist, she achieved
fame as a composer with her Viola Sonata and Piano Trio written for
competitions of the Berkshire Festival of Chamber Music, sponsored by the
American patron Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge.  Clarke wrote a steady stream
of chamber music and songs, much of it for her fellow performers.  In 1944
she married and settled in New York, where she lived until her death at
age 93.  Commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the death of this
Anglo-American composer, Brandeis University has planned the day in
conjunction with the fall meeting of the New England Chapter of the
American Musicological Society. 


Silver Auditorium (Sachar International Center) 1:30-5:30
1:30 -- Welcome -- Jessie Ann Owens (Brandeis University)
Christopher Johnson (Oxford University Press)
    "Rebecca Clarke in Her Own Words"
Deborah Stein (New England Conservatory)
    "The Englishwoman of Many Voices: Clarke's Songs"
Cyrilla Barr (Catholic University)
    "The Sonata for Viola: An 'Also Ran' or Cinderella?"
3:15-3:30  Break
Paula Gillet (San Jose State Univ.)
    "The Climate for Female Musical Creativity
        in Turn-of-the-Century England"
Liane Curtis (Brandeis University)
    "The ISCM of 1942 and other Contexts for Clarke's Late Works"
4:30 -- Roundtable Discussion, Ruth Solie (Smith College), Chair
    Issues of Biography: Writing Women Composers into Music History
Panelists: Barr, Laurie Blunsom (Northeastern Univ.), Curtis, Alain
Frogley (Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs), Gillet, Johnson, Judith Tick
(Northeastern Univ.)
5:15  -- Ruth Solie  Closing Remarks

An All-Rebecca Clarke CONCERT, Schwartz Auditorium, 8:00 p.m.
        The Lydian String Quartet in the world premiere of  "Comodo e
amabile" (1924); Coro Allegro (directed by David Hodgkins) singing
Clarke's recently published choral works; and songs performed by Sarah
Pelletier (soprano) and Shiela Kibbe (piano).
The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Liane Curtis; Women Studies Program;
Mailstop 082; Waltham, MA  02254-9110; USA.  E-mail:
tel: +1-(617) 776-1809      fax: +1-(781) 736-3044

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