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Grieg Now! IGS International Conference and Workshop 2019

The International Edvard Grieg Society (IGS), Grieg Academy/Grieg Research Centre at the University of Bergen and Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen invite scholars and performers to the event Grieg Now! International Conference and Workshop in Bergen, Norway, 24–27 October 2019.

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With Edvard Grieg as a starting point, the international conference and workshop “Grieg Now!” aims to bring performers and researchers together and provide an opportunity for sharing knowledge, experiences and reflections on his music and influences on music and culture in our times.  The event will include the following areas: Musicology (key note speakers, paper presentations), Artistic Research (lecture demonstrations) and Performance (workshops, Master classes and concerts) and will combine academic lectures, practical demonstrations, master classes, individual teaching sessions, discussion forums, and performances.

Invited guests: 

Master class with Oslo String Quartet: Geir Inge Lotsberg, Liv Hilde Klokk, Magnus Boye Hansen, Øystein Sonstad

Keynote speaker: Benedict Taylor, Director of Research, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh

Respondent and workshop leader: Kofi Agawu, Professor, City University of New York, Princeton University

Participating staff from the Grieg Academy and Grieg Research Centre: Einar Røttingen (piano), Signe Bakke (piano), Torleif Torgersen (piano), Hilde H. Sveen (voice), Njål Sparbo (voice), Ricardo Odriozola (violin), John Ehde (cello), Dániel Péter Biró (composition), Arnulf Christian Mattes (musicology), Sjur Haga Bringeland (musicology). 

Open research workshop, 25 October 2019, 14.00–16.00, Grieg Academy, Gunnar Sævigs sal:

Crossing agencies? Composition/transcription since Grieg 
Taking Grieg’s 19 Norwegian Folk-songs (1896), Op. 66 and Peasant dances, Op. 72 (1903) as a point of departure, this workshop focuses on the practice, aesthetics, and ethics of composition drawing on collected and transcribed folk music material. Grieg’s agency as a composer, committed to the retrieval and recognition of native traditions and orally transmitted idioms, has influenced modern, ethnologically informed approaches to collecting and appropriating folk music (such as Bartók’s). A major issue for Grieg was adapting transcribed renditions of folk tunes in a way, which did not violate the ethical integrity of the original voices. Grieg’s legitimation for his ‘arrangements’ was to pay tribute to the beauty and sincerity of his native folk tradition. In the workshop, the aim is to revisit Grieg’s mode of adapting, translating, transforming folk idiom compared with other approaches based on transcription of oral traditions. 
How could music analysis reflect the ethnomusicological understanding of such musical works as ‘expressions of the other’? And how could the process from transcription to composition, being made transparent in new ways, for current readers and listeners with increased sensitivities for the ethics of cultural adaptation?  

Performance workshops

The performance workshops will be open to a limited number of active participants. Individuals or groups may apply within these instrumental categories: solo piano, violin & piano, cello & piano, piano trio, string quartet, voice & piano. 


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