Public Research Seminar: Professor Shirley Thompson

Public Research Seminar: Professor Shirley Thompson
Date and time
12 Mar 2024 (3:30pm - 5:00pm)

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - Workshop 2

200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR


Free - booking required

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Professor Shirley Thompson

Professor Shirley Thompson (RBC)
Against the Grain: Situating Charpentier’s ‘Cantatas’

Hitchcock’s Catalogue raisonné (1982) categorizes eight works by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643–1704) as ‘cantatas’, all predating the recognized birthdate of the French cantata, in some cases by more than 30 years.

Charpentier’s cultivation of this Italian genre in France at a time when Italian music was officially discouraged was nonetheless in keeping with his tendency to absorb Italianate elements into his own music.

This seminar explores these works both in relation to their Italian models and the eventual French genre.

Professor Shirley Thompson is Vice Principal (Music) of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Her research and publications have mainly focused on Marc-Antoine Charpentier, including an edited book and a two-volume critical edition of his motets, and at present she is co-authoring a book (with Graham Sadler) on Charpentier and Italian music.

She is also currently co-editing Rameau’s opera La Naissance d’Osiris for Opera Omnia Rameau, scheduled for publication later this year.