Wagner the Writer: A Study Day
When: Sat 8 Jun 2013, 10.30-17.00
Where: Conference Centre, British Library
Price: £20 / £15 concessions
Wagner’s writings range widely over subjects as various as race, climate, vegetarianism, aesthetics and modern science. Above all he was formulating ideas that would take dramatic shape in his operas. Distinguished musicologists, literary historians, and translators speak about Wagner’s immense literary output with opportunities for discussion and debate. This study day presented by the British Library in association with The Wagner Journal coincides with the digitisation of our Wagner holdings.
10.00 Registration open
10.30 Welcome and overview of the BL’s Wagner holdings
Nicolas Bell (British Library)
11.00 Wagner’s Paris Writings, 1840-42
Katharine Ellis (Bristol University)
11.30 Speaking Wagner's language: the libretti in the context of German Philologie
David Trippett (Christ’s College, Cambridge)
12.00 Round table discussion
Katharine Ellis and David Trippett
Chair: Mark Berry (Royal Holloway, University of London)
13.00 Lunch Break (please note that lunch is not included in the event price)
14.00 The Zürich Writings 1849-1851: From Revolution to 'Ring'
Hilda Brown (St Hilda’s College, Oxford)
14.30 The Later Aesthetic Essays
Roger Allen (St Peter’s College, Oxford)
15.00 Language and identity – Wagner and some of the dilemmas of early modernism
Bojan Bujic (Magdalen College, Oxford)
16.00 Round table discussion on translating Wagner’s writings Emma Warner, Roger Allen and Tash Siddiqui
Chair: David Trippett
- Roger Allen is Fellow and Tutor in Music at St Peter’s College Oxford, where he is also Director of Music and Dean of College. He has published widely on Wagner in the UK, USA and Germany and is a member of the Editorial Board of The Wagner Journal. His critical edition of Wagner’s essay Beethoven (1870) is to be published by Boydell and Brewer in 2014.
- Nicolas Bell has been a Music Curator at the British Library since 2000. He is particularly interested in music manuscripts, of all periods from the tenth to the twenty-first centuries, and has been involved in negotiating several major archival acquisitions in recent years. He is a member of the Council of the Royal Philharmonic Society, which celebrates its bicentenary this year and employed Wagner to conduct its 1855 season of concerts.
- Mark Berry is Lecturer in Music at Royal Holloway, University of London. His work as an intellectual historian and musicologist has extended from the later seventeenth century to the present day. His book Treacherous Bonds and Laughing Fire: Politics and Religion in Wagner’s ‘Ring’ was published in 2006.
- Hilda Brown is Senior Research Fellow at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford. Her research involves studying connections between literature, drama, music, the visual arts, and the theory of landscape gardening, especially in works associated with German Romanticism and Richard Wagner. Her publications include books on E.T.A. Hoffmann, Heinrich von Kleist, and a monograph entitled Leitmotiv and Drama: Wagner, Brecht and the limits of 'epic' theatre (1991).
- Bojan Bujic is an Emeritus Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford. In his teaching and research he has concentrated on the music of the Italian Renaissance and on the aesthetics of music and cultural history in the second half of the nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth centuries. Among his publications are Music in European Thought 1851-1912 (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1988) and Arnold Schoenberg (Phaidon, London, 2011).
- Katharine Ellis is the Stanley Hugh Badock Professor of Music, University of Bristol. Her work centres on music and musical life in Paris and the French provinces. In addition to numerous essays and articles she has authored three books—Music Criticism in Nineteenth-Century France (1995), Interpreting the Musical Past (2005), and The Politics of Plainchant in fin-de-siècle France (2013).
- Tash Siddiqui is a freelance writer, editor and translator. She worked as a stage manager in Germany before completing her doctorate ‘Jews against Wagner’, about the Berlin Krolloper’s 1929 production of Der fliegende Holländer, at Balliol and Somerville College, Oxford. Recent publications include programme essays for Welsh National Opera and Göteborg Opera. She is the Associate Editor of The Wagner Journal.
- David Trippett is Lecturer in Music at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Christ's College. He is author of Wagner's Melodies (CUP, 2013), and editor and translator of Carl Stumpf's The Origins of Music (OUP, 2012). His work on Wagner, the history of aesthetics, and theories of technology has appeared in various academic publications, and has earned him the Alfred Einstein award of the American Musicological Society, and the Donald Tovey Memorial Prize of the University of Oxford.
- Emma Warner teaches French and German in London. She wrote the libretto for God’s Liar with John Casken and collaborated on the libretto for A Winter’s Tale by Philip Boesmans and Luc Bondy. Translations include Wagner’s Artwork of the Future, singing versions of Carmen (ENO, Opera North), Tosca (ENO, St. Louis Opera) and Puccini’s Manon Lescaut (ENO, Chautauqua Opera).
In association with The Wagner Journal. Part of the Wagner 200 festival