CFP (workshop): Lyric Song in Idea and Performance


Lyric Song in Idea and Performance

Venue: Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, University of London
Date:   Thursday, 21 June, 2012, 9.30-6.30

Keynote Speaker: Professor Amanda Glauert (Royal College of Music)

The SongArt Performance Research Group warmly invites you to our 3rd Annual Meeting, which will explore the theme “Lyric Song in Idea and Performance”.

The workshop offers an excellent opportunity for collaboration, and for the exchange of ideas between practitioners and theorists of song performance, literature, philosophy, theatre, composition, musicology and related disciplines. The workshop will feature traditional papers, combining these with alternate format sessions that will showcase performers and explore the articulation of the lyric in performance.

Research Question: What is the lyric and how do we make it?

Although the idea of the lyric presupposes poetry reaching out to music and music reaching out to poetry, the actual point of lyric intersection between the arts can remain remarkably elusive.  Herder defined the lyric as preparing for the moment when we hear the poet’s ‘I
sing’; a lyric must be made and tested through actions of performance and response.  Unlike with the drama and the epic, it is hard to lay out the lyric’s generic traits in advance, except perhaps to indicate how it is neither of those two other modes of communication.  How then can we make a lyric, or know when it has been made?  What models can be found and how might these illuminate the essential art of lyric song performance?

This workshop aims to offer a platform for setting out and testing definitions of the lyric, through discussion of practical models from performers and composers (past and present), and through exploration of their implications for our idea of the lyric as a genre.

Speakers and performers include:

Professor Amanda Glauert (Royal College of Music)
Louise Gibbs (singer and independent researcher)
James Archer (University of Durham)
Kathryn Cox (University of Michigan)
Dr Kristof Boucquet (University of Leurven)
Dr Carola Darwin (singer, independent researcher)
Diana Gilchrist (University of Edinburgh)
Dr Paivi Jarvio (Sibelius Academy)
Dr Assi Karttunen (Sibelius Academy)
Dr Kathryn Whitney (Institute of Musical Research)
Dr Natasha Loges (Royal College of Music)
Professor Paul Barker (Central School of Speech and Drama)

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