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Music Language & Identity

Athens Conservatoire and British School at Athens
08 (14:00) - 10/05/2015 (20:30)

This event is open to all and free to attend, no booking is required.

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Gysiz: study for the painting Harmony

Nikolaos Gyzis (1842-1901): Study for the painting Harmony, 1893. Oil painting, 0.11 x 0.11 m. Inv.No. 23260 Copyright 2014 Benaki Museum, Athens

Music, language & identity in Modern Greece: Defining a national art music in the 19th and 20th centuries

An international conference hosted by the Centre for Hellenic Studies in collaboration with the Music Department of King's College London, the Athens Conservatoire and the British School at Athens.

The conference will scrutinise approaches to the creation of national poetry and art music in Greece since the 19th century. It concentrates on absences, complexities and contradictions which arose from efforts to synthesise the indigenous musico-poetic tradition with artistic developments in Western Europe.

The conference will be of interest to students of modern Greek poetry and music; ‘the autonomy of music’ and ‘national music’; ‘musical poetics’ of poets; the role of music in the construction of national identity; Balkan music; and more generally cultural approaches to poetry and music.

With the generous financial support of:
The Schilizzi Foundation
The Ouranis Foundation (Ίδρυμα Κώστα και Ελένης Ουράνη)

Friday 8-Saturday 9 May:
The Athens Conservatoire, Aris Garoufalis Concert Hall, 17-19 Vassileos Georgiou II and Rigillis Street, Athens 106 75
Sunday 10 May: The British School at Athens, 52 Souidias Street, Athens 106 76

Keynote speaker: 
Giorgos Couroupos (Composer and Artistic Director of the Athens Concert Hall, MMA)

Sessions include:
Rethinking national music history vis-à-vis the canon of Western art music; Music for a reborn nation: Practices and ideologies; Poets and music; Music and ancient Greek drama in 20th-century performance; Manolis Kalomoirs and beyond; Nikos Skalkottas; Comparative cases (on Nationalism and music; 20th-century music and classical reception; The music of poetry). 

A special panel will be devoted to the Athens Conservatoire Archive.

The conference will be accompanied by two concerts:
Friday 8 May: Academica Athens Orchestra. Conductor: Nikos Athinaios
Saturday 9 May: Works for voice and piano from the Athens Conservatoire Archive, with the participation of students and teachers of the Athens Conservatoire

For full details of the:
  • List of speakers
  • Athens Conservatoire Archive panel
  • Round Table
  • Academic Committee
  • Organising Committee
Please go to the programme.

The conference will be in English

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