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Surrealism and music in France, 1924-1952: interdisciplinary and international contexts

June 8, 2018

Paris was the principal centre of surrealist activity and the focus of connections between surrealist literature, ethnology, sociology, visual arts and music. The links between surrealism and the emerging disciplines of ethnology and ethnomusicology redefined the concept of exoticism in France and were the subject of a good deal of polemical debate. However, connections between surrealism and music have been little explored, although it is clear the movement had a decisive influence on major French composers such as Pierre Boulez, Olivier Messiaen and André Jolivet. This conference initiates a transdisciplinary and international dialogue and will situate music at the heart of these debates.

Please register in advance | Standard: £25 | Student/Unwaged: £15

The event will end with a piano recital of relevant French repertoire by the outstanding young pianist Alexander Soares, included in the registration fee. Click here for more details about the recital.

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June 8, 2018
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