François Couperin: A 350th Anniversary Symposium

François Couperin: A 350th Anniversary Symposium
Date and time
09 - 10 Nov 2018 (4:00pm - 5:00pm)

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

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Earlybird Day Registration: £15
Late Full Registration: £30
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BCU Staff and Student Lunch: £10

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Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is delighted to host a symposium to mark the 350th anniversary of the birth of François Couperin. This international event, part of the inaugural celebrations of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s new building, is organised by the Conservatoire’s Forum for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Music and supported by its French Music Research Hub.

Friday 9 November, 2018 - Recital Hall

4pm - Registration

5.30pm - Welcome

5.45pm - Invited speaker (Chair: John Whenham, University of Birmingham)

Denis Herlin (Centre national de recherche scientifique, Paris; Royal Northern College of Music)

‘Editing Couperin’s first two books of pièces de clavecin: a bibliographical imbroglio’

6.35pm - Break

6.45pm - Harpsichord recital: Davitt Moroney

An anthology drawn from Couperin’s four books of pièces de clavecin interspersed with preludes from his L’Art de toucher le clavecin

Saturday 10 November, 2018 - Workshop 1

9.15-10.30am - Attributions (Chair: Davitt Moroney, University of California, Berkeley)

9.15am - Graham Sadler (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire):

L’Épouse entre deux draps: Couperin or Rameau?’ (illustrated lecture)

9.45am - Julien Dubruque (Centre de musique baroque de Versailles):

Ariane and the “Couperin chord”: a cantata rediscovered’ (lecture-recital)

10.30am - Refreshments

11.00-12.10pm - Influence and Inspiration (Chair: Colin Timms, University of Birmingham)

11.00am - Shirley Thompson (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire):

‘Charpentier and Couperin: evidence of a mentor-student relationship’

11.30am - Jane Clark (Independent scholar, London):

D’un goût nouveau: the influence of Evaristo Gherardi’s Théâtre italien in François Couperin’s pièces de clavecin’ (lecture-recital)

12.10pm - Lunch @ Boult's Bar

1.15-2.15pm - Couperin and his Cultural Milieu (Chair: Denis Herlin, CNRS, RNCM)

1.15pm - Marie Demeilliez (Université Grenoble Alpes)

‘Contrasting influences on Couperin’s L’Art de toucher le clavecin

1.45pm - Florence Gétreau (CNRS; Institut de recherche en musicologie, Paris)

‘Re-assessing the Couperin iconography’

2.15pm - Break

2.30-3.20pm - Invited speaker (Chair: Donald Burrows, Open University)

Davitt Moroney (University of California, Berkeley):

La Couperinéïté de Couperin, or What makes Couperin Couperin?’

3.25pm - Refreshments

3.50-5.30pm - Performance and Posterity (Chair: Jamie Savan, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire)

13.50pm - Chloé Dos Reis (IReMus, Sorbonne-Université):

The notation of ornaments in Francois Couperin’s published harpsichord pieces: testimony to a transition between two schools’

4.20pm - Emer Buckley and Jochewed Schwarz (harpsichords):

‘His version: Couperin’s Les Nations for two harpsichords’ (lecture-recital)

5.00pm - Susan Daniels (King's College, London)

'1933: Louise Dyer, Éditions de L’Oiseau Lyre and François Couperin’

5.30pm Conclusion

5.40pm Symposium ends