Lyric and Lyricism

Friday, September 16, 2016 - 10:00am

A one-day, multi-disciplinary event exploring the lyric form and its interactions across music and poetry - at Ertegun House

Hosted by the Ertegun Scholarship Programme and the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, with the kind support of The Oxford Song Network (TORCH), the day brings together academics and performers from different disciplines (including Classicists, English and German literary specialists, musicologists, musicians and poets). The day centres around a midday lecture-recital given by renowned musicians Stephan Loges (bass-baritone) and Natasha Loges (piano) and concludes with a performance by acclaimed poet and translator Josephine Balmer. 

Registration is £15 (£10 for students/concessions): this price includes a sandwich lunch, coffee and biscuits throughout the day, and a drinks reception. Please register online at the University Store Site.


9.30–10am: Coffee and Welcome

10–11am: Michael Silk (KCL): ‘Aristocratic Value and Lyric Argument: Pindar, Castiglione, Yeats’
11– 11.45 am: Pauline Le Ven (Yale): ‘Hearing Greek Lyric as Music Again’

11.45am: Coffee Break

12–1pm: Lecture-Recital: Natasha Loges and Stephan Loges: ‘Eighteenth-century Lyrics in Nineteenth-century Dress: Brahms’s and Schubert’s Settings of Ludwig Hölty’s Poetry’

1-2pm: Lunch

2–2.45pm: William Fitzgerald (KCL): ‘Lyric, Song and Stanza: a Horatian perspective’
2.45–3.30pm: Georgina Paul (Oxford): ‘Pacing the emotion: lyric's time-space’

3.30pm: Coffee Break

3.45–4.30pm: Karen Leeder (Oxford): '“Subsongs”: The contemporary lyric and a listening poetics’
4.30–5.15pm: Dai Griffiths (Oxford Brookes): ‘The lyrics, lyrical and not so lyrical, of selected popular songs’

5.15pm: Coffee Break

5.30–6.15pm: Stephanie Oade (Oxford): ‘Dramatic lyric: when Catullus meets music’
6.15-7pm: Josephine Balmer (Poet): ‘Making it Personal: Lyric Transformations through Translation and Poetry’

7-8pm: Drinks Reception

Registration: £15, or £10 for students/concessions. Please register online at the University Store Site <>

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