Event Date: Friday 11 June, 2010 – 10am-6pm
The Boardroom, 2 Gower Street, London
Unsettling Scores: A Study Day on French Musico-Poetics from Banville to Duras
Peter Dayan (Edinburgh) : Stravinsky, Satie and the ‘Cocteau Complex’
Satie and Stravinsky each produced one major work in collaboration with Cocteau: Satie’s Parade (1917), and Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex (1927). There are curious similarities between the two composers’ experience of working with Cocteau. Both accepted Cocteau’s idea of introducing extra-musical sounds into their work, then, after the work’s performance and publication, expressed their dislike of those sounds – but did not try to have them removed from the work. My contention is that the composers’ difficulty with Cocteau’s sounds is explained by a fundamental difference between Cocteau’s aesthetic principles, and those of the two composers; and a paradox inherent in the composers’ own aesthetics explains their inability to get rid of those sounds.