Monash Music Conference in London Attracts 40 Scholars from 11 Countries

Scholars from Australia, Canada, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK and USA met in the Institute of Musical Research, School of Advanced Studies, University of London, on 17 and 18 July for a conference on Music Literature, Historiography and Aesthetics.

The conference focused on the interaction of ideas about music and musical works in twelve sessions. They included ‘Operatic voices and novel configurations’, Texts and paratexts’, ‘Kurtág reading literature’, ‘Performance, utility and re-creation’ and ‘Telling lives, constructing identities’.

Dr Delia da Sousa Correa from the Department of English at the Open University presented a keynote entitled ‘Stories about music from George Eliot to Janet Frame’.

Dr Paul Watt, a lecturer in musicology in the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, convened the conference. It was funded by the Monash Research Accelerator Program, the Australian Research Council, the University of Leeds, the University of New South Wales, the Royal Musical Association, and the Institute of Musical Research, School of Advanced Studies, University of London.