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Tuesday, 29 October 2002, 12:00AM

Music or The Vocabulary of Music

Piers Hellawell

This year's keynote talk explores the distinction between music itself and its surface vocabulary. Is there such a thing as music? Are some musical styles more, and some less, substantial? If so, is contemporary music any more than an amalgam of stylistic practices? The public's rejection of modernism suggests that content is not enough, or maybe that we can only digest art swathed in pretty wrapping.

piers-hellawell

Piers Hellawell is a composer, writer and photographer. He is Professor of Composition at Queen's University in Belfast and was the Gresham Professor of Music between 2000 and 2003. His work has been performed at the Henry Wood Promenade concerts and by the Vanbrugh quartet, Stockholm Chamber Brass and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He was awarded a Leverhulme fellowship in 2010.

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29 October 2002

Music or The Vocabulary of Music
Piers Hellawell

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