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Friday, 13 April 2012, 11:00AM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Part Three: 'Time-full' Interiors - Debussy, Fête galante and the Salon of Marguerite de Saint-Marceaux

Emma Adlard

The second half of the nineteenth century witnessed a resurgence of French interest in the Rococo period, especially in its decorative art and ornamental furnishings. Eighteenth-century fêtes galantes paintings held a special fascination; these artworks depicted such refined pursuits of elegant high society as gallant conversation and masquerade in intimate parkland settings. Claude Debussy's L'Isle joyeuse for piano (1903–4) is representative of this vogue, being inspired by Antoine Watteau's archetypal fête galante painting of 1718–19, L'Embarquement pour Cythère. Its avant-première was given in the salon of Marguerite de Saint-Marceaux on Friday 13 January 1905. Emma Adlard argues that these are all expressions of a 'private', eternal present, thereby challenging a conventional understanding of modernism as largely 'public' and progressive.

emma-adlard

Emma Adlard is in the second year of her AHRC-funded PhD at King’s College London researching women’s patronage of French music and dance between 1900 and 1930. Emma holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Royal Holloway and a Master’s degree from Oxford; before beginning her doctorate she worked at Oxford University Press as an Editorial Assistant in the Music Department. In May 2011 Emma co-organised a joint conference between King’s and the University of North Carolina entitled ‘Music, Sound and Space in France: 1850 to World War I’, and she has given papers at the Seventh International Conference on Music Since 1900 and at the Tenth Annual Conference of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes. Emma was recently awarded an AHRC scholarship to spend four months researching at the Library of Congress this year as a fellow of the John W. Kluge Center.

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13 April 2012

Part Three: 'Time-full' Interiors - Debussy, Fête galante and the Salon of Marguerite de Saint-Marceaux
Emma Adlard

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