Public Research Seminar: Laura Tunbridge (Oxford University)
Public Research Seminar Series
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - Workshop 2
200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR
Free to BCU staff/students
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The Piano’s Voice: Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms
Writings about the piano’s ‘voice’ in nineteenth-century lieder, accord the instrument equivalent musical weight to that granted the singer and poetic text. This talk assesses whether the gradual increase in the piano’s significance in the songs of Schubert, Beethoven, the Schumanns and Brahms, reflects its ever-increasing dominance of nineteenth-century repertoire or reveals something about changing attitudes – then and now – towards the composer’s and performer’s authorial voice.
Laura Tunbridge is a Professor of Music at the University of Oxford and the author of Schumann’s Late Style, The Song Cycle, and Singing in the Age of Anxiety: Lieder Performances in New York and London between the World Wars. She has just begun a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for a project on the string quartet.