UPDATE: Ivor Gurney: Composer, Poet (UK) (3/1/07; 9/8/07-9/9/07)

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Cambridge University, 8 and 9 September 2007

Ivor Gurney: Composer, Poet

Gurney was almost unique in writing both poetry and music, and thus =
provides a rich opportunity for interdisciplinary discussion. This =
conference aims to examine both sides of his output in equal measure, =
establishing a dialogue between the two, whilst placing his work against =
the backdrop of the early twentieth century, war and the asylum.

We welcome papers on any aspect of Gurney's life and work, including but =
not limited to:

  a.. the relationship between his music and his poetry
  b.. examinations of his work in relation to other composers and =
  c.. the concept of the 'pastoral' and its relationship to Gurney
  d.. the asylum and its impact on his work
  e.. Gurney as war poet / composer
  f.. Mental illness and creativity
  g.. Gurney as miniaturist: looking at the nature of the genres of song =
and poetry=20

Keynote speakers: Kelsey Thornton (Newcastle University), Stephen =
Banfield (Bristol University)

Recital of Gurney and other English song by tenor Andrew Kennedy (winner =
BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Recital Prize) including previously =
unheard and unpublished works.

Abstracts of up to 200 words to be sent by 1 March to:

Kate Kennedy kma23_at_cam.ac.uk and Trudi Tate tt206_at_cam.ac.uk

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