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10. Hafez and Persian Poetry in Song (Part Two)

11 October 2020, 17:00 - 18:00



Presented in association with TORCH, with support from the Humanities Cultural Programme, and the Bodleian Libraries

In the second of today’s illustrated talks about Hafez, we jump ahead several centuries and explore the many appearances of Hafez’s poetry, in translation, in the European song tradition. The most famous instance of this is, arguably, through Goethe’s West-Eastern Divan: this collection of lyrical poetry was inspired by Hafez and set to music by countless composers. But Hafez had fascinated Europeans of all nationalities for several centuries before Goethe, and continued to inspire composers thereafter. Russian composers set his poetry extensively, as did the Polish composer Karol Szymanowski in the twentieth century, and it continues to be an inspiration today. The conversation comes back to a discussion of the continuing importance of Hafez in contemporary Iran. The conversation will be led by Philip Ross Bullock, Professor of Russian Literature and Music at Wadham College, with Edmund Herzig, Professorial Fellow in Iranian Studies at Wadham College (further speaker TBC).

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Philip Ross Bullock

Philip Ross Bullock

Speaker

Philip Ross Bullock is Professor of Russian Literature and Music at the University of Oxford, Fellow and Tutor in Russian at Wadham College, Lecturer in Russian at Christ Church, Magdalen and Worcester Colleges, and Director of TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities. Before coming to Oxford, he taught at University College London and Bangor University, and has held visiting fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the Institute for Advanced Study in Paris. Philip studied French, German and Russian at Dur... Read Full Biography
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Soraya Mafi

Soraya Mafi

Soprano

Lancashire-born soprano Soraya Mafi studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and Royal College of Music, supported by the Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Award. Soraya continues her studies with renowned soprano Janis Kelly and repertoire coach John Fraser. Soraya’s many awards and prizes include the Maggie Teyte Prize in 2014 and the Susan Chilcott Award in 2016. She was also the 2nd Prize winner of the 2015 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Soraya is a Harewood Young Artist of the English National Opera and Associate Artist of the Classi... Read Full Biography
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Sholto Kynoch

Sholto Kynoch

Pianist

Sholto Kynoch is a sought-after pianist who specialises in song and chamber music. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, which won a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2015, cited for its ‘breadth, depth and audacity’ of programming. Recent recitals have taken him to Wigmore Hall, Heidelberger Frühling in Germany, the Zeist International Lied Festival in Holland, the LIFE Victoria festival and Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Opéra de Lille, Kings Place in Lo... Read Full Biography
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Edmund Herzig

Edmund Herzig

Speaker

Edmund Herzig came to Oxford University in 2006 after eighteen years at the University of Manchester. As a student, he read Russian and Persian for his first degree at Cambridge and went on to graduate work in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton, before writing his doctoral thesis at Oxford on the New Julfa Armenian merchants of Isfahan in the Safavid age (16th-18th centuries), spending a year researching and learning the language in Armenia along the way. He continues to work on the premodern and early modern history of Iran and neighbouring ... Read Full Biography
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Soosan Lolavar

Soosan Lolavar

Speaker

Soosan Lolavar is a British-Iranian composer, auto-ethnographer lecturer and project manager whose music has been performed across the UK, as well as in the USA, Canada, Iran, UAE, Japan, Chile and Australia. Her work has been broadcast on BBC television in both the UK and Iran as well as played several times on BBC Radio 3. Having studied Iranian classical music, with the help of a Fulbright Scholarship 2015-16. Her music draws on ideas from both Western and Iranian traditions. Her academic work considers contemporary composition practices ... Read Full Biography
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Joshua Owen Mills

Joshua Owen Mills

Tenor

Born in Neath, South Wales, Joshua Owen Mills is recognised as one of the country’s most promising young tenors. Having studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Joshua was a Jerwood Young Artist with Glyndebourne Opera, and between 2015 -17 was a member of the Opera Studio at the Bayersiche Staatsoper, Munich. With a particular passion and flare for Mozart repertoire, this season Joshua will make his debut in the role of Don Ottavio Don Giovanni at the Staattheater Klagenfurt. His appreciation of this repertoire is illu... Read Full Biography
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Roderick Williams

Roderick Williams

Baritone

Roderick Williams is one of the most sought after baritones of his generation and performs a wide repertoire from baroque to contemporary music in the opera house, on the concert platform and in recital. He enjoys relationships with all the major UK opera houses and has sung world premieres of operas by, among others, David Sawer, Sally Beamish, Michael van der Aa, Robert Saxton and Alexander Knaifel. Roderick Williams has performed with all the BBC orchestras, and many other ensembles including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, ... Read Full Biography

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This event is part of a series:

Connections Across Time - A Brief History of Song

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