Words and Music: second session

The Humanities and Arts Research Centre at Royal Holloway University of London

Event Date: 3rd March 2010

Organized By Professor Terence Cave (St. John’s College, Oxford)

Abstract:
The complex relations between music and language have been explored by poets, musicians, musicologists, literary critics and historians, psychologists, neuroscientists and many others across the disciplines. Thinking about the interaction betwen words and music in vocal music, and about the ways in which their joint effect is perceived by listeners and performers, may help us better to understand the differences and similarities, the compatibilities and incompatibilities, of these two fundamental forms of human expression and communication.

The two half-day sessions of the seminar “Words and Music” will set up a dialogue between speakers specialising in different aspects of this question, including a musicologist, an audio scientist, a practising poet, a composer, and literary specialists.

The discussions in both sessions will thus be cross-disciplinary. The issues they will explore bear on fundamental questions such as interpretation, aesthetic form and the way it is experienced, cognitive processes and strategies, and the nature of communication. We hope that our audience will represent a wide range of disciplines, including literary studies, musicology, cultural studies, philosophy, psychology, cognitive science and related subjects, and that it will make an important contribution to our discussions. In order to achieve this aim, the numbers of those attending will be limited and advance registration will be required.

Second session: Wednesday 3 March 2010

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Opening remarks Terrence Cave / Ahuvia Kahane

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Jo Shapcott (poet, RHUL) and John Woolrich (composer) in conversation

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David Owen Norris (Musical Performance, University of Southampton) “Parallel Universes”

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Responses:

Ewan Fernie (English, RHUL)

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Ahuvia Kahane (Classics, RHUL)

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General discussion, with panel of speakers and respondents

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