Gabriel Fauré: Effable and Ineffable

23-25 October 2015
University of Washington, Seattle

Carlo Caballero (University of Colorado)
Stephen Rumph (University of Washington)

Abstract deadline:  December 30, 2014


Despite his popularity beyond the academy, Gabriel Fauré remains the least discussed of major composers.  Fittingly, philosopher Vladimir Jankélévitch esteemed him a paragon of music’s alleged ineffability.  Beloved by performers and audiences, yet seemingly inaccessible to scholars, Fauré’s works provide a unique focal point for rethinking the relationship between music and discourse.  This interdisciplinary conference aims to open new keyholes onto Fauré’s notoriously (and gloriously) elusive art, addressing questions provoked by Jankélévitch’s philosophy of l’ineffable musical:  Why does Fauré’s music resist analysis?  What accounts for his marginal status in music histories?  How can his music reshape our practice as critics?  The weekend will include master classes and recitals, and a fully staged orchestral production of Fauré’s seldom heard opera Pénélope.  Keynote speakers include Sander Goldberg (University of Oregon), Roy Howat (Royal Academy of Music, London), Steven Huebner (McGill University), Sylvia Kahan (CUNY-Staten Island), Jay Lutz (Oglethorpe University), Jann Pasler (University of California at San Diego), and Steven Rings (University of Chicago).

We welcome papers on all aspects of Fauré’s music, cultural contexts, and reception.  Please send abstracts (350 words or less) and a short c.v. (both PDF) to Carlo Caballero (