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Mieczysław Weinberg: east and west

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Polish-born composer Mieczysław Weinberg (1919–1996) escaped twice from Nazi invasions. He finally settled in Moscow, where for 30 years he became Dmitri Shostakovich’s closest friend and gained a significant reputation. Recent years have witnessed a dramatic rediscovery of his music, supplying powerful new impulses to Soviet and émigré music studies. This conference marks Weinberg’s centenary with papers built around a cycle of performances of his string quartets from the Quatuor Danel. It brings together scholars and practitioners from east and west to reconsider Weinberg’s multiple identities (Polish, Jewish, Soviet-Russian, humanist), with special focus on intersections with literature, theatre and cinema.

Convenors:
Professor David Fanning, University of Manchester
Dr Michelle Assay, University of Sheffield; Université Paris Sorbonne

Speakers include:
Dmitry Abaulin
, Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre
Victoria Bishops
, Daughter of the composer
Dr Inessa DvuzhilnayaGrodno Yanko Kupala State University 
Dr Daniel Elphick
, Royal Holloway, University of London
Nicky Glukh, Zemel Choir
Dr Verena MoglHamburg University of Music and Theatre
Tommy Persson, University of Gothenburg
Bret Werb, United States Holocaust Museum

This conference is kindly co-sponsored by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Warsaw. Delegates will be able to attend associated performances during the conference period, including the Quatuor Danel’s seven-concert series of Weinberg’s complete seventeen string quartets. 

Registration
This event is taking place at the University of Manchester. To register click 'Book Event' above, or if you have any questions please email Dr Michelle Assay: michelleassay@gmail.com

Image Provided by Tommy Persson; copyright: Olga Rakhalskaya

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