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Study Event: Song in Translation

25 October 2015, 14:00 - 16:30


This event will be broadcast from Okinaga Room

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This event looks at the tradition of performing songs in English translation, once common practice and now largely faded. A series of short talks and readings, with a mini-recital at 3pm, will examine the history, philosophy and current state of song in translation.

2pm Laura Tunbridge discusses the history of translated song in performance

2.30pm Philip Bullock examines the reception across national borders of poetry through song

2.40pm Coffee

3pm A short recital, illustrating the day's talks with Simon Wallfisch (baritone), Gemma Lois Summerfield (mezzo-soprano) and Sholto Kynoch (piano).

3.40pm Helen Abbott discusses French poetry in song and its seeming absence in English translation

4pm Richard Stokes talks about the art of translation and the differing approaches required for performance

This event is part of a series:

2015 Festival: Singing Words: poets and their songs

Singing Words: Poets and their Songs celebrates the glorious and varied poetry of song and emphasises this unique meeting of words and music. Following the triumph of last year’s ‘The Schubert Project’ and our recent Royal Philharmonic Society Award, we are pleased to present another stellar array of world-renowned artists in the heart of Oxford. Many of the programmes are bas...

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