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CMRC Autumn Week 2 seminar: Christopher Fox

Tuesday 5 October 2021, 4.00PM to 5.30pm

Speaker(s): Professor Christopher Fox

When William Wordsworth wrote the Preface to the 1800 edition of the Lyrical Ballads he suggested that the language of the new poetry that he and Coleridge were publishing would allow 'ordinary things' to 'be presented to the mind in an unusual aspect.' In this seminar I want to consider whether music today can do this too. What might these 'ordinary things' be? Is it even sensible to imagine that music can have a subject-matter other than its own sounds and the means of their making? At what point in the development of 'unusual aspects' does meaning become abstract?

Please contact Catherine Laws for the Zoom link: catherine.laws@york.ac.uk

Location: Sally Baldwin Building, room D003 and online (via Zoom)