Crosscurrents: American and European Music in Interaction, 1900-2000

August 20, 2008 at 8:14 pm 1 comment

At the end of October/Beginning of November, there will be a conference at Harvard all about American and European interactions! Here is the description:

The international conference, Crosscurrents, brings together scholars from both sides of the Atlantic to examine musical interactions between North America and Europe during the twentieth century, and aims to promote a deeper grasp of the close ties that linked American composers to their colleagues abroad. The types of connections among these musicians span the gamut from individual contacts to institutional collaborations to governmental programs. As appropriate for the theme of the conference, it will be divided between the two locations Cambridge, MA, and Munich, Germany, with the emphasis for the former on the first half of the twentieth century, and for the latter, the second. The aim of the conference is to present new research from an international group of scholars on a topic that is of fundamental importance to the history of 20th century music, but which is often overlooked in an age of extreme specialization: the mutual influence between North America and Europe that affected virtually every aspect of music and musical life during the 20th century. There will be 32 speakers (16 for each part) who come from six countries and have expertise in a wide range of twentieth-century music topics. Concerts are an integral part of the event, and a new work has been commissioned for it by the French-American composers Betsy Jolas.

Read More at the official web site: http://crosscurrents08-09.org

Amusicology will be live-blogging it. Or at least I’ll plan to be there.

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1 Comment

  • 1. Dan Wang  |  November 15, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Posted by Dan Wang at 2008-08-25 09:06

    Looks great – maybe I’ll nip down for the weekend and check it out! I can probably drive it from Southern Ontario.

    I should check if I know anyone who lives in the area…


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