Sunday 29 November 2015

Austrian Cultural Forum
28 Rutland Gate
London SW7

(nearest tube:  Knightsbridge – plenty of parking in Rutland Gate & on main road on a Sunday)

11.00am - 4.00pm.    
10.30am:  Coffee and biscuits

(There will be a selection of sandwiches, yoghurts & fruit – at cost-price – for lunch)

Tickets £20 (£9 for students with card)

Comparing worlds: Mahler and Sibelius – Presented by Peter Franklin

Much has been made of the apparently divergent opinions about the symphony expressed by Mahler and Sibelius in conversation in Helsinki in 1907. In fact they got on well personally, and, earlier rudeness about each other aside, Mahler planned to perform Sibelius’s Violin Concerto and Pohjola’s Daughter in New York in 1911 (his terminal illness meant that Spiering conducted). The Study Day will reconsider the relationship between the two composers’ musical worlds, drawing on issues now more frequently encountered in musicological discussion of the European symphony (like ‘narrative’, ‘national identity’, ‘landscape’ and ‘voice’). Visual illustrations will include paintings by Axeli Gallen-Kallela, who knew and produced portraits of both composers

Peter Franklin, who retired as Professor of Music at the University of Oxford in September 2014, writes on early twentieth century opera and music in film as well as on Mahler and Sibelius. His Mahler work includes two Cambridge University Press books: Mahler. Symphony no.3 and The Life of Mahler; he has contributed to various multi-authored volumes including Mahler and His World and the Cambridge Companion to Mahler. His writing on Sibelius appears in Sibelius Studies (an essay on Kullervo) and the Cambridge Companion to Sibelius. Both composers figure in chapters of his most recent book, Reclaiming Late-Romantic Music: Singing Devils and Distant Sounds (University of California Press, 2014). He has participated in many BBC music programmes and appeared in the Jason Starr Mahler films What the Universe Tells Me and Of Love, Death and Beyond.

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GMS UK Events
14 Balaclava Road
Surrey KT6 5PN

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