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37. Beethoven and the Enlightenment

17 October 2020, 11:00 - 12:00



Presented in association with TORCH, with support from the Humanities Cultural Programme, and Worcester College

This year marks the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven. Although often denigrated as a song composer, who had no natural affinity for writing for the voice, Beethoven was a pioneer in song as he was in every other genre he turned his hand to. This is the case beyond his famous song cycle An die ferne Geliebte (‘To the Distant Beloved’), which was arguably the model for Schubert’s settings of Rellstab in Schwanengesang. This final Song Connections event is led by Laura Tunbridge, whose recent book Beethoven: A Life in Nine Pieces has been praised as ‘elegant and enquiring’ (The Evening Standard) and ‘pithy, different and welcome’ (The Guardian). In asking to what extent Beethoven can be perceived as an Enlightenment figure, Laura is joined by Ritchie Robertson, Taylor Professor of German Language and Literature at Oxford University, who provides a rich cultural context, and Joanna Raisbeck, Lecturer in German at Wadham College, who introduces some of the poets Beethoven chose to set.

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The talk and music for this event will be pre-recorded, but will be introduced live by our speakers, who will also be available to answer any questions at the end. During the event, please email any questions ([email protected]) or post them on social media (#OLF2020), and we will answer as many as time allows.

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Joanna Raisbeck

Joanna Raisbeck

Speaker

Joanna Raisbeck is the Stipendiary Lecturer in German at Wadham College and The Queen's College. Click here to read more.
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Ritchie Robertson

Ritchie Robertson

Speaker

Ritchie Robertson, D.Phil. (M.A. Edinburgh), FBA, has been Taylor Professor of the German Language and Literature at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of The Queen's College since 2010. He is interested in a wide range of authors and topics in the period from 1750 onwards, notably Kafka; Heine; Schiller; Austrian literature; and the Enlightenment as an international movement. He is convenor of the monograph series Germanic Literatures, published by Legenda. His New History of the Enlightenment is due out from Penguin Books in Ma... Read Full Biography
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Laura Tunbridge

Laura Tunbridge

Speaker

Laura Tunbridge is a musicologist whose research has centred on German Romanticism, with a particular interest in vocal and chamber music and its reception through criticism, performance, and composition. She studied at Oxford (B.A.), Nottingham (M.A.) and Princeton (PhD) and taught at the Universities of Reading and Manchester before joining the Faculty of Music at Oxford in 2014, where she is now a Professor and Henfrey Fellow and tutor in music at St Catherine’s College. Laura’s books include Schumann’s Late Style (C... 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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Louise Kemény

Louise Kemény

Soprano

A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Louise Kemény is a former Britten-Pears Young Artist, Independent Opera Fellow and Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. She is the recipient of the Ian Smith of Stornoway Opera Prize, Basil A.Turner Prize, Joaninha Trust Prize and David Goldman Award. In 2018/19 and 2019/20 Louise Kemény was an ensemble member at Theater Bonn, performing roles such as Pamina/Die Zauberflöte, Gretel/Hänsel und Gretel, Sophie/Der Rosenkavalier, Susanna/Le Nozze di Figaro, R... Read Full Biography

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