Words into Music: Poets, Composers & Songs

A Study Day

Friday 16 October 2015
9:30am – 5:30pm
Okinaga Room,
Wadham College, Oxford

In association with the Open University Literature and Music Research Group, the Faculties of Modern Languages and of Music at Oxford University, and Wadham College

To introduce the theme of this year’s Festival, we are delighted to welcome an array of renowned scholars and speakers for a one-day symposium exploring the relationship between words and music. The day will comprise eight 20-minute papers around a lunchtime concert. The tone of the day will be scholarly but very much accessible, and all are warmly invited.

A schedule follows here. Scroll to the bottom of the page to download a full schedule that includes abstracts for all the talks.

Tickets: £20 (incl. lunchtime concert). Lunchtime concert only: £10. Click here to book tickets.


09.30am – 10.00am: Coffee and Welcome

10.00am – 12.15pm: Papers

Chair: Helen Abbott

Singing Words
Angela Leighton

Sappho’s Russian Voices
Philip Ross Bullock

Pushing the boundaries of the French mélodie: 20 years of Debussy (1882–1902)
Richard Langham Smith

Music in love with poetry
Peter Dayan

12.15pm – 1.pm: Lunch break

1.10pm – 2.10pm: Recital, Holywell Music Room

Music by Debussy and Schumann

Benjamin Appl baritone
Sholto Kynoch piano
Richard Wigmore speaker

2.30pm – 4.30pm: Papers

Chair: Laura Tunbridge

Singing Mignon: Goethe versus Beethoven’s view of Lyric Song
Amanda Glauert

Song-Cycles for Mignon
Terence Cave

The Poetic Muse: Goethe, Schubert and the Art of Song
Lorraine Byrne Bodley

Words into Music into Words: Singing Tones and Musical Poetry
Robert Samuels

4.30pm: Tea

4.40pm Final Round Table and Audience Discussion

Chair: Delia da Sousa Correa

The Symposium Speakers and Timothy Coombes

5.30pm: Close