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International Conference, 21-23 June 2013
Rethinking Poulenc: 50 Years On
The 50th anniversary of Poulenc’s death provides us with a timely moment to reappraise his contribution to music of the twentieth century. Poulenc has emerged as arguably one of the most frequently performed French composers of the twentieth century alongside Debussy, Ravel, Fauré and Messiaen. Yet in rejecting aspects of modernism, his musical contribution is often overlooked or not taken seriously in narratives of twentieth-century music. In recent years, however, there have been some notable studies and the publication of important primary sources, facilitating this
reassessment. The conference will explore Poulenc and his artistic circles, looking at his music, his public and private networks, and his legacy. Given the recent debates about modernism, its scope and nature, this conference provides a timely moment to draw together scholars worldwide to discuss his enduring significance. There will be a number of performances of Poulenc works during the conference. The event will culminate in a roundtable of leading scholars in the area.
Rethinking Poulenc: 50 Years on (Keele University, 21-23 June 2013) is now open for registration. Please find the link to the booking form and the draft programme below.
I am delighted to announce that Hervé Lacombe (Université Renne, 2) and Nicolas Southon (Paris) will be giving Keynote lectures. Other speakers include Christopher Moore (University of Ottawa), Philippe Cathé (Université de Paris, Sorbonne), Stephen Downes (University of Surrey) and Dominique Escande (Philharmonie Luxembourg and Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg) and many more. There will be performances of Poulenc works by Roy Howat (Royal Academy of Music) and Ronald Woodley (Birmingham Conservatoire), Michael Bell (Keele University) and Karen Radcliffe (Keele University). Concert programmes will be announced shortly.
The conference will bring together colleagues from the UK, France, Luxemburg, Belgium, Germany, Italy, USA and Canada to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Poulenc and reappraise his musical significance for the twenty-first century.
We are pleased to acknowledge the support of the Royal Musical Association, Association des Amis de Francis Poulenc, Society for Music Analysis, Birmingham Conservatoire and Keele University Key Fund.