This one-day study day is to be held at Goldsmiths, University of London on 16 December 2016 in RHB 274


"Russia and the Musical World: Nineteenth-Century Networks of Exchange".

Historical map of Europe and borders in 1836
Map of Europe in 1836

This study day brings together scholars from around the globe to explore how and why music, musicians and musical materials moved in, through and out of Russia during the long nineteenth century. In addition to tracing the movements of people – singers, impresarios, touring troupes, conductors, translators, writers, composers – our contributors will consider the participation of nonhuman actors, such as institutions, scores, libretti, transport links and media. By raising these issues in a study day format, we aim to bring together those examining movement in different directions, and, in so doing, to draw Russianists and non-Russianists into conversation about international mobility.

Tamsin Alexander (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Rutger Helmers (University of Amsterdam)

Venue: Richard Hoggart Building (RHB) 274

9.30am – 10.00am

Arrival and welcome
10.00am – 11.30am   Mobility, cosmopolitanism and social connections
Chair: Simon McVeigh (Goldsmiths, university of London)

Anna Giust (Università degli Studi di Padova)∙ ‘N. P. Sheremetev and Hyvart: an Early Case of International Networking in Russian Music Theatre’

Rutger Helmers (University of Amsterdam) ∙ ‘The Russian court and aristocracy as patrons and mediators for visiting musicians in the mid-nineteenth century’

Andrew Gustar (The Open University)∙ ‘Russia and composers’ migration in the nineteenth century’

11.45am – 12.45pm   Staging Russian opera abroad: A Life for the Tsar in Milan, 1874
Chair: Tamsin Alexander (Goldsmiths, university of london)

Vincenzina Ottomano (University of Bern) ∙ ‘“Slavonic culture” or “foreign Barbarism”? Glinka’s A life for the Tsar in Milan (1874)’

Elena Petrushanskaya-Averbakh (Moscow State Institute for Arts Studies) ∙ ‘A hypothesis about the purposes of the first production of a Russian opera in Italy’

12.45pm – 1.30pm   Lunch

1.30pm – 2.30pm   Music and the Franco-Russian Alliance
Chair: Rutger Helmers (University of Amsterdam)

Helena Tyrväinen (University of Helsinki) ∙ ‘The Republican nation embraces alterity: The press of Third Republic France at the service of Franco-Russian friendship and music, October 1893’

Tamsin Alexander (Goldsmiths, University of London)∙ ‘Onegin in Nice and the Age of Exhaustion’

2.45pm – 4.45pm   Institutional networks
Chair: Pauline Fairclough (Bristol university)

Katelyn Clark (University of Toronto) ∙ ‘John Field and the nineteenth-century dissemination of the Russian piano nocturne’

Veronika Prosypkina (St Petersburg State University)∙ ‘The St Petersburg Philharmonic Society: The mechanism of cultural transfer’

Artemis Ignatidou (Brunel University London) ∙ ‘From Greeks to Greece through Russia: Queen Olga of the Hellenes, the Byzantine chant and Europe in mid-19th-century Athens’

Larisa Jackson (University of Houston Downtown) ∙ ‘Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov’s harmony treatise and the German roots at the St. Petersburg Conservatory.’

5.00pm – 6.00pm   Early twentieth-century British-Russian exchange
Chair: Marina Frolova-Walker (university of cambridge)

Pauline Fairclough (University of Bristol) ∙ ‘Elgar in the Siloti Concerts’

Vera Val’kova (Gnesin Russian Academy of Music) ∙ ‘S.V. Rachmaninoff’s debut in London: Materials for a biographic episode’

6.00pm – 7.15pm   Roundtable discussion and wine reception

To register, please email by Friday 9th December.