15. Mendelssohn and the Jewish Enlightenment
12 October 2020, 15:00 - 16:00
This event will be broadcast from The Bodleian Library
Presented in association with TORCH, with support from the Humanities Cultural Programme, and the Bodleian Libraries
The Bodleian Libraries house one of two major collections of Felix Mendelssohn’s manuscripts, the other being in Berlin. Martin Holmes, Alfred Brendel Curator of Music at the Bodleian, shows us some of these important scores, letters, and paintings, and tells the story of how they ended up in Oxford.
Within our wide-ranging exploration of the Enlightenment, Philip Bullock is joined by Avi Lifschitz, Professor of History at Magdalen College, whose research explores the intellectual and cultural history of Europe in the long eighteenth century (c. 1680-1815). They delve into the ideas of the Jewish Enlightenment and to what extent Felix, grandson of the philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, was influenced by this.
Throughout the event, we hear some of Mendelssohn’s songs performed by two exceptional young musicians from the Royal Academy of Music.
Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)Wiegenlied
- Am Seegestad’, in lauen Vollmondnächten
- Reiselied (Op. 19a no.6)
- Altdeutsches Frühlingslied
SpeakerAvi Lifschitz is an Associate Professor of European History at Magdalen College. The intellectual and cultural history of Europe in the long eighteenth century (c. 1680-1815) is his main area of research; he is particularly interested in the links between Enlightenment anthropology, theology, and political theory. Other significant aspects of Avi’s work include translation and cross-cultural transfer as well as the history of royal academies and exiled intellectuals in the eighteenth century. Avi joined the History Faculty and Magda... Read Full Biography
SpeakerPhilip 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
TenorTenor Magnus Walker has just completed his undergraduate degree at the Royal Academy of Music and has remained there for his Masters, studying under the tutelage of Richard Berkeley-Steele and Matthew Fletcher where he has recently won First Prize in the Joan Chissell/Rex Stephens award for Schumann Lieder. While at the Academy, Magnus has undertaken many different projects: he has performed a recital of duets by German Lieder composers Brahms and Schumann, taken part in the Spencer Collection, and given the world premiere of Mario Ferrar... Read Full Biography
PianistGus Tredwell is a British pianist who lives and works in London. He recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, where he specialised in vocal accompaniment and chamber music under the tuition of James Baillieu and Malcolm Martineau. Notable achievements at the Academy include representing the RAM Song Circle at Wigmore Hall, winning the pianist’s award in the Rex Stephens Schumann Lieder competition, and winning the pianist’s award in the RAM Club Prize, which was open to all invited soloists and ensembles. He is al... Read Full Biography
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