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Thursday, 12 April 2012, 12:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Part Five: Maeterlinck's Golaud: Between Shakespearean 'Sadism' and Emersonian Disquiet

Professor François de Médicis

As title roles of both Maurice Maeterlinck’s play and Claude Debussy’s opera, Pelléas and Mélisande tend to monopolize the spotlight in most commentary. Nonetheless, major studies have demonstrated the centrality of Golaud and the unusual dramatic function of the violence he deploys, which Professor de Medicis explores in this lecture.

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François de Médicis is a professor at the Université de Montreal. His research interests centre on French and Russian music from the first third of the twentieth century (Debussy, Milhaud, Scriabin and Stravinsky). He is a member of the editorial committee for the critical edition of the works of Saint-Saëns with Bärenreiter, French editor of Intersections (2006–2009), he has co-edited the bookMusique et modernité en France, 1900 à 1945 (2006), published articles in Acta Musicologica, Music & Letters, Il Saggiatore musicale, Intersections, STM-Online, l'Enciclopedia della musica(Einaudi), and in collections of articles published by Vrin, the Sorbonne, l'Harmattan, and Presses de l'Université de Montréal.

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