Within & Without: Les Six at 100, Musicology Conference
January 16, 2020 · Taplin Auditorium
Department of Music; The Humanities Council; Department of French and Italian; Program in European Cultural Studies; Fund for Canadian Studies; Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies
One hundred years ago, music critic Henri Collet christened a group of young composers as ‘les six Français’ in his column for the Paris daily Comœdia. Celebrating the lives and music of those artists—Georges Auric, Louis Durey, Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc, and Germaine Tailleferre—whose modern sound changed the course of French musical history after the death of Debussy, this centennial conference offers us a chance to review and reconsider our understanding of this group and its members. The conference theme, “Within and Without,” will guide these reflections, encouraging questions not only on the nature of the composers’ collective, but also on their individual work in domains that might lie outside of the realm of strictly musical composition, as well as such issues as exclusion, influence, and identity.
See a full description of the three-day conference and registration information here.