EVENT: Music and Landscape. The RMA Music and Visual Arts Study Group Seminar


The RMA Music and Visual Arts Study Group Seminar: Saturday 4th June 2011
Keynes Room, Birkbeck History of Art and Screen Media, 43 Gordon Square


As part of its role in exploring the diverse links between music and the visual arts, the next seminar of the Royal Music Association Music and Visual Arts Study Group takes the theme of Music and Landscape. We will be examining the dialectical relations between representation and music as they are played out in landscape; landscape and the compelling and ambiguous relations between temporality and space; landscape and perception.


10.00-10.30 Registration and coffee
10.30-10.45 Welcoming remarks – Simon Shaw-Miller, Birkbeck College
10.45-11.45 Guest Speaker – Julian Johnson, Royal Holloway, University of London: ‘Music, Landscape and Modernity’

11.45-12.45 Panel 1:

Tim Shephard, University of Nottingham: ‘Music in the Pastoral Landscape in the Early Sixteenth Century’
Clare Hornsby, Royal Academy of Music: ‘The Codification of Emotions in Eighteenth-Century Landscape Drawing and Music Treatises: Alexander Cozen’s Various Species and Francesco Geminiani’s Good Taste’

12.45-1.45 Break

1.45-2.45 Panel 2:

William Coleman, Berkeley, University of California: ‘Painting Sibelius, Composing Gallen-Kallela: Landscape as Medium in Fin-de-Siècle Finland’

Diane Silverthorne, Birkbeck: ‘The Waters of the Rhine, the Mountain Plateau: Painting Wagner’s Landscapes at the Vienna Court Opera’

2.45-3.15 Tea

3.15-4.00 Daniel Grimley, Merton College, University of Oxford: Storms, Symphonies, Silence: the Landscapes of Sibelius’s “Late Style”

4.00-4.30 Further directions

Organised by:

Dr. Diane Silverthorne (Birkbeck Department of History of Art and Screen Media, School of Arts) with Professor Simon Shaw-Miller, for the RMA Visual Arts Group.

Participation is free-of-charge for Birkbeck students, staff and affiliates, and members of the RMA. A £10 registration fee is payable by other participants. If you would like to take part,

please register your place by emailing d.silverthorne@bbk.ac.uk no later than Saturday 28th May.

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