A Celebration Of The Centenary Of Dr Laurence Picken

 
 

The Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge, and Department of

Music, SOAS, announce



A CELEBRATION OF THE CENTENARY OF DR LAURENCE PICKEN


 SCIENTIST AND MUSICOLOGIST, 1909 - 2007


17 October 2009

3.30 pm - 7.00 pm

Faculty of Music, West Road, Cambridge


Dr Laurence E.R. Picken FBA, a member of the Faculty of Music,

Cambridge and an Honorary Fellow of SOAS, was a pioneer of

ethnomusicology in the UK. But his was a very individual view of  "the

science of musicology", one that reflected both his parallel career as

a distinguished scientist, and his interest in the history of music as

evidenced by documents, musical instruments, and the spread of

cultural ideas. Starting from an interest in 18th century quotations

of the music of Bach, he went on to write classic studies of early

Chinese music documents, studies of the historical organology of

Europe and Asia culminating in his book The folk musical instruments

of Turkey, and many publications with his research group on the

transmission of Tang Music to Japan, especially Music from the Tang

Court. In celebrating the centenary of his birth, we wish to salute

his contributions to musicology, and consider what can be learned from

his unique vision.



Picken Memorial Lecture: Prof. Allan Marett


"Vanishing Songs: How Musical Extinctions Endanger the Planet."


For full details go to: http://sites.google.com/site/pickencentenary/home


With financial support of the Faculty of Music, University of

Cambridge, and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, SOAS.