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Tuesday, 18 November 2003, 12:00AM
Barnard's Inn Hall

The forgotten Englishman in Carmen

Professor Richard Langham Smith

A re-evaluation of a pantomine scene printed in the first vocal score but later dropped. New material has revealed its subject: a comic scene which parodies various characteristics typical of an ageing Englishman. A recording of the scene will be examined in relation to newly-discovered illustrations and a case made for the reinstatement of the scene.

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Professor Richard Langham Smith is a musicologist who has written on Debussy and contemporary French music in general. He read music at the University of York, he then pursued further study on the harpsichord and Baroque performance practice at the Amsterdam Conservatory. He has taught at the University of Lancaster, City University, the University of Exeter, and the Open University. Currently, he is Head of the Graduate School at the Royal College of Music, London. He was the Visiting Gresham Professor of Music in 2003.

 

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