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Accenting the Classics Conference

Accenting the Classics Conference
Date and time
05 - 07 Sep 2018 (5:00pm)

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

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Early bird: £65
Early bird RMA member: £55
Early bird student/unwaged: £40

Late registration: £85
Late registration RMA member: £75
Late registration student/unwaged: £60

Free to BCU staff and students

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Editing, Performing and Re-Composing the Musical Past: French Neoclassicism (1870–)

The French Music Research Hub at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University (UK), is very pleased to be hosting this international conference at the state-of-the-art Royal Birmingham Conservatoire over the course of three days, Wed 5 Sept - Fri 7 Sept 2018.

The Conference forms part of the culminating phase of the major AHRC-funded project: Accenting the Classics: Durand’s Édition classique (c. 1915–25) as a French Prism on the Musical Past’.

Wed 5 Sept, 2018

REGISTRATION 17.00 – 18.00 @ Gallery Bar

SESSION 1: 18.10 – 19.30 @ Recital Hall

18.10 Welcome Address: Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University
18.20 Introduction to French Music Research Hub and ‘Accenting the Classics’
18.30 KEYNOTE LECTURE: Steven Huebner, McGill University

Varieties of the Classical
Chair: Deborah Mawer (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire)

DRINKS RECEPTION 19.30 @ Gallery Bar (Sponsored by Boydell & Brewer)

Thu 6 Sept, 2018

SESSION 2: 09.00 – 10.30 @ Recital Hall

‘Accenting the Classics’ and Neoclassicism
Chair: Christopher Dingle (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire)

Mozart as ‘Classic’ in Early Twentieth-Century France: The Case of Saint-Saëns’s Mozart Editions
Barbara L. Kelly (Royal Northern College of Music)

L’Édition classique: Dukas’s Beethoven in Wartime France
Rachel Moore (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire)

Durand’s L’École moderne as an Exemplar of French Neoclassicism (1870-1925)
Deborah Mawer (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire)

REFRESHMENT BREAK 10.30 – 11.00 @ Gallery Bar

SESSION 3: 11.00 – 12.30 @ Recital Hall

Ideas of Tradition and Renewal
Chair: Barbara L. Kelly (Royal Northern College of Music)

Bach’s Memento as Widor’s Musical Dialogue with the Past: A Case Study
Miłosz Bazelak (Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music, Łódź)

Other ‘Classics’: Compositional Engagements with Lavignac’s Encyclopédie de la musique
Peter Asimov (University of Cambridge)

Tradition, néo-classicisme, renouveau: itinéraires conceptuels dans la presse musicale française, 1900–1940
Federico Lazzaro (Université d’Ottawa)  

LUNCH 12.30 – 13.15 @ Gallery Bar

LUNCHTIME RECITAL 13.15 – 14.15 @ Recital Hall

A French Accent on the Classics
Advanced pianists from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Domonkos Csabay and Connor Wilcox, perform music from Durand’s Édition classique, to include:

Handel ed. G. Ropartz (1917), ‘Prélude’, from Suite in A major, HWV 426 (to be performed in two versions)

Chopin ed. C. Debussy (1915), Étude Op. 10, No. 9
Debussy Étude VIII (1915), ‘Pour les agréments’

Selected pieces from L’École moderne: ‘De Bizet à Maurice Ravel’ (1926), ed. I. Philipp
Durand Murmure, Op. 8 (c. 1890)
Vuillemin ‘Sur la route’, Op. 23 (1922)
Büsser ‘Valse lente’, Op. 12 (c. 1898)
Ravel ‘Rigaudon’, from Le Tombeau de Couperin (1917)
Dukas ‘Finale’, from Variations, interlude et finale (‘sur un thème de Rameau’, c. 1902)

transc. J. Roger-Ducasse (1918), Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582

SESSION 4: 14.30 – 16.00 @ Recital Hall

Twentieth-Century Compositional Engagement with the Past
Chair: Michael J. Puri (University of Virginia)

Musical Fantasy about the Past in Debussy’s Six épigraphes antiques
Marija Simonović (University of the Arts, Belgrade)

A Saxophone for a Troubadour: ‘Il vecchio castello’ by Ravel
Marica Bottaro (Academy of Fine Arts, Bologna)

Poulenc at a Crossroads: Litanies à la Vierge Noire and French Neoclassicism
Daniel Galbreath (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire)

REFRESHMENT BREAK 16.00 – 16.30 @ Gallery Bar

SESSION 5: 16.30 – 18.00 @ Recital Hall

(Pre)Neoclassicism in the French fin de siècle
Chair: Katharine Ellis (University of Cambridge)

Returning to the Source: Chabrier and Pre-Neoclassicism
Elisabeth Honn Hoegberg (University of Indianapolis)

Saint-Saëns’s Inspiration
Sabina Teller Ratner (Université de Montréal)

Early Music Performance and the Emergence of a Neoclassical Aesthetic during the French Fin-de-Siècle
Catrina Flint (Vanier College, Montreal)


Fri 7 Sept, 2018

(Sessions run in parallel, please see full programme listings below)

SESSION 6: 09.00 – 10.40 @ Recital Hall

Nineteenth-Century Collections and Responses to Rameau
Chair: Graham Sadler (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire)

‘Une école impérissable’ – The Collections of Violin Music edited by Alard and Deldevez
George Kennaway (University of Leeds)

Lecture-Recital: Louise Farrenc and Le trésor des pianistes
Maria Stratigou (Royal Northern College of Music)

Styles of Listening to Early Music and the Creation of French Harmony: Rameau’s Music in the Debussy Era
Tomoko Yasukawa (Kitasato University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Kanagawa)

SESSION 7: 09.00 – 10.00 @ Workshop 2

Early Twentieth-Century Franco-Spanish Connections to the Musical Past
Chair: Lola San Martín Arbide (University of Oxford)

À la recherche de les fondements de la liberté musicale: Joaquín Nin et son regard sur les anciennes éditions de musique
Tamara Valverde-Flores (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

L’Influence de la Schola Cantorum dans le développement de la musique nationale espagnole à travers Joaquín Turina
Tatiana Aráez Santiago (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

REFRESHMENT BREAK 10.45 – 11.15 @ Workshop 1

SESSION 8: 11.15 – 12.45 @ Recital Hall

Editing Couperin and the First French Clavecin School
Chair: Denis Herlin (IReMus, CNRS, Paris)

Les rééditions françaises du XIXe siècle jusqu’aux années 1920 des pièces de la première école française de clavecin (1670–1713)
Chloé Dos Reis (Université Paris-Sorbonne, IReMus)

Louise Dyer and the Couperin Edition
Kerry Murphy and Jennifer Hill (University of Melbourne)

Re-Packaging the Old Masters: The Place of Early Music in Durand’s Édition classique
Graham Sadler (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire)

LUNCH 13.00 – 14.00 @ Workshop 1

FINAL SESSION 9: 14.00 – 15.30 @ Recital Hall

Emergence and Meanings of French Pre/Neo/Classicism
Concluding Roundtable and Plenary, with participation from the floor

Led by: Christopher Dingle, Katharine Ellis, Denis Herlin, Steven Huebner, Michael J. Puri

REFRESHMENT BREAK 15.30 – 16.00 @ Workshop 1