On the musically sentimental

The sentimental is a widely disparaged artistic category in critical discourses on musical romanticism and modernism, but through its prevalence it demands revaluation and analysis. This seminar will consider the sentimental in a range of music from the nineteenth and twentieth century, taking Chopin as its starting
point and guiding thread, moving through French modernism (Poulenc) to Barry Manilow’s appropriation of Chopin in his power ballad ‘Could it be Magic?’.

Stephen Downes is Professor of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London. He was previously Professor and Head of Music and Sound Recording at the University of Surrey. He is the author of six monographs: Szymanowski as Post-Wagnerian (1994), Szymanowski, Eroticism and the Voices of Mythology (2003), The Muse as Eros (2006), Music and Decadence in Central and Eastern Europe (2010), Hans Werner Henze: ‘Tristan’ (2011) and After Mahler: Britten, Weill, Henze and Romantic Redemption (2013). He won the Wilk Prize for Research in Polish Music (University of Southern California) and in 1999 was awarded the Karol Szymanowski Memorial Medal. He is a co-editor of Music & Letters and treasurer of the RMA Music and Philosophy Study Group.

For more information:
E Leena.Messina@anu.edu.au
T 02 612 54357

To view the flyer for this event please see: On the musically sentimental.

This seminar is jointly presented by the School of Music, the Humanities Research Centre and the ANU Centre for European Studies.

Date & time

Thu 17 Oct 2013, 12am


Theatrette, Sir Roland Wilson Building, Bld #120, McCoy Circuit, Canberra


Professor Stephen Downes, Chair of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London


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