Sibelius Symposium


In Sibelius’s 150th anniversary year, this symposium seeks to locate the composer and his music within the cultural context of the turn of the century, with papers ranging from studies of Sibelius’s theatre music to analysis of larger works. The symposium is open to all, and encourages inter-disciplinary discussion.

Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities Building
10.00-10.10: Introduction to the Network
10.10-11.10: First panel: Modernism & Cosmopolitanism
Charlotte Ashby (Birkbeck, University of London): Sibelius and the Home of the Nordic Hero
Rebecca Day (Royal Holloway University of London): Two sides of the same symphonic coin? Sibelius, Mahler, and self-referentiality in the twentieth-century symphony

11.15-12.15: Second panel: Reception & Reconsideration
Sarah Moynihan (Royal Holloway University of London): Rotations and Ruminations: Reconsidering Sibelius’s Tapiola Complex
Philip Bullock (Wadham College, University of Oxford): Sibelius Reception in Britain, 1901-1939: Centre Periphery in the Musical Construction of the North

12.15-13.15: Lunch

Rector’s Room, Exeter College
13.15-14.30: Recital of Sibelius Songs
Performed by Catherine Joule

Saskatchewan Lecture Theatre, Exeter College
14.30-16.00: Third panel: Theatre
Kirsten Shepherd-Barr (St Catherine’s, University of Oxford): Minna Canth’s Anna-Liisa: A Theatrical Snapshot
Leah Broad (Christ Church, University of Oxford): Scaramouche, Scaramouche
Daniel Grimley (Merton College, University of Oxford): 'Some Heavenly Music’: Allegory, Symbolism, and Death in Sibelius’ Late Theatre Works


Nordic Network

Contact name: Leah Broad

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Audience: Open to all