Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Music and Morality Conference, 15-17 June 2009

The University of London's Institute of Musical Research and the Institute of Philosophy will be co-hosting a three-day conference, organised by Guy Dammann, on Music and Morality, from 15 to 17 June. Keynote speakers will be: George Benjamin ('The composer as pied piper'), John Deathridge ('Music on trial'), Deirdre Gribbin ('Inside the truth: the composer as commentator, critic, and artist'), Jerrold Levinson ('Popular song as microcosm: life lessons in jazz standards), Susan McClary ('We creatures who musick'), and Roger Scruton (Virtue and vice on music'). There will be a plethora of additional speakers hailing from various academic disciplines, addressing subjects ranging from music education to Theresienstadt, from eighteenth-century Jesuit musical drama to Adorno. I shall be speaking as part of a double session on twentieth-century music, my paper addressing 'The case of Richard Strauss'. Further details may be found by clicking here.


Anonymous said...

In view of the new play 'Collaboration' about Richard Strauss - what are your views then on 'The case of Richard Strauss' - will we know
here after your talk? You do not appear to have seen the play - have you? There have been some interesting articles and reviews including a good one on 'Seen and Heard'. Was Strauss an innocent or is he as guilty as can appear to be - or something in between?

Mark Berry said...

I shall post something more after my talk; at the moment, I am still trying to put my thoughts together. However, I shall not be so concerned here with Strauss in terms of the Third Reich, as with his music, his aesthetic intentions, and the ways in which they have been perceived. I haven't yet seen the Harwood play but must get round to doing so.