Beauty After Wagner: Ecstasy, Fragility & Fatality
Professor Downes will examine aspects of the beautiful in fin-de-siècle music and painting in the context of Wagner’s cultural legacy, including examples from the music of Debussy and Arnold Bax, and paintings from the Pre-Raphaelite period.
Stephen Downes is Professor of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of two books on the music of Karol Szymanowski and won the Wilk Prize for Research in Polish Music (University of Southern California) and the Karol Szymanowski memorial medal. He is also the author of The Muse as Eros (2006), Music and Decadence in European Modernism (2010) and Hans Werne Henze: Tristan (2011).
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