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Brahms and Beyond

09 March 2018, 14:00 - 17:00



In collaboration with TORCH and the Oxford Song Network, this promises to be a fascinating afternoon of talks by Natasha Loges, Laura Tunbridge, Sophie Fuller and Jennifer Ronyak. Inspired by Natasha Loges's new book, Brahms and His Poets (Boydell, 2017), as well as celebrating the hundredth anniversary of women's suffrage and falling just one day after International Women's Day, these talks will explore various facets of gender, society, and the song tradition, from Schumann's settings of female poets, to Brahms' approach to female characters in song poetry, Fanny Hensel’s Heine settings in English translations by Mary Alexander, and the salon world of Maude Valérie White.

2pm: Introduction and Welcome (Philip Ross Bullock)

2pm - 3pm SESSION ONE: Alex Lloyd (Chair)

Natasha Loges (Royal College of Music, London): ‘Hearing Women’s Voices in Brahms’s Solo Songs’

Laura Tunbridge (Oxford): ‘Robert Schumann’s Frauenleben

3pm - 3.30pm BREAK

3.30pm - 4.30pm SESSION TWO: Alex Lloyd (Chair)

Jennifer Ronyak (Graz): ‘Two Women, Three Poems, and Two Private Acts of Translation: Fanny Hensel’s Three Songs After Heinrich Heine from Mary Alexander

Sophie Fuller (Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and Dance): ‘Songs and the Late Victorian and Edwardian Salon: The Case of Maude Valérie White (1855-1937)’

4.30pm - 5pm CONCLUDING DISCUSSION AND Q&A

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Natasha Loges

Natasha Loges

Speaker

Natasha Loges is Head of Postgraduate Programmes and Reader in Musicology at the Royal College of Music, London. She gained her BMus in piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, her MMus at King’s College London, and her PhD at theRoyal Academy of Music, University of London, entitled Text and Context in Brahms’s Lieder. Her books include Brahms in the Home and the Concert Hall: Between Private and Public Performance (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Brahms and His Poets (Boydell, 2017), Brahms in Context (Cambridge... 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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Sophie Fuller

Sophie Fuller

Speaker

Sophie Fuller is the author of The Pandora Guide to Women Composers: Britain and the United States, 1629-present (1994). As well as women’s musical creativity, her research interests include many different aspects of music, gender and sexuality but focus in particular on musical life in late 19th- and 20th-century Britain. She has published a wide range of essays in these areas, including ‘“Something Revolting”: Women, Creativity and Music after 50’ in Gender, Age and Musical Creativity ed. Colton and Haworth (2... Read Full Biography
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Jennifer Ronyak

Jennifer Ronyak

Speaker

Jennifer Ronyak is currently Senior Scientist in the Institute for Musical Aesthetics at the University for Music and Performing Arts Graz (Kunstuniversität Graz). Her work has been published in The Journal of the American Musicological Society, 19th-Century Music, Music & Letters, The Journal of Musicology, and the Jahrbuch Musik und Gender. Her book, Intimacy, Performance, and the Lied in the Early Nineteenth Century, will appear later this year from Indiana University Press. She has also explored the implications of her resear... Read Full Biography

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2018 Spring Weekend of Song

The 2018 Spring Weekend of Song  is a mid-year mini Festival, full of great music and events and with much of the special atmosphere of the main Festival. Three world-class evening recitals are surrounded and complemented by the audition recitals for the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Programme, study events and masterclasses.

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