The Details in the Devil: Words and Music

The Details in the Devil: Words and Music

Thursday, 12 October 2023, 7.30pm

Words are often part of songs, but what happens artistically when words inspire music in different ways? Or music inspires words? Prof Robert Vilain from Oxford University and Prof Anthony Caleshu, University of Plymouth, will join pianist Robert Taub in a unique collaborative presentation involving discussion and music to share musical and literary ideas about different interpretations of the devil in music, poetry, and literature.

We will focus on the Faust legend as the backbone in Thomas Mann’s "Doktor Faustus" and how Mann incorporates Schönberg (as the protagonist Adrian Leverkühn) as a Faustian character with respect to Schönberg’s twelve-tone musical advocacy, as well as the musical implications of Schönberg forging a new Faustian twelve-tone pathway. Ravel's mighty Gaspard de la Nuit - one of the most expressive and challenging works for piano - was inspired by Bertrand's poems of the same name, and Liszt's pyrotechnical Mephisto Waltz is a musical interpretation of Lenau's Faust story; these works will all be featured this evening. Poetry, literature, music - all focused on the eternal theme of temptation. Join us for this very special event.

Ticket information: £6, £4 concessions, FREE to all students

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Published by ellafrancis_ on 18 September 2023

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