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Issue 491, 16 June 2003
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The musical links between copyright and cigarettes

 

Smoking concerts, women composers and copyright collectors are just some of the issues covered in an international conference on music in nineteenth century Britain at the University in July. Academics from across the UK and USA will take part in the three day event in the school of music from July 24-27.

One session will look at how smoking concerts set up by amateur music societies as men-only events helped popularise music. Women who made an impact on music during the period include composer Alice Mary Smith, who wrote two symphonies and six concert overtures, and the musical scholar Violet Paget, who wrote under the male pseudonym of Vernon Lee. Both are the subject of papers at the conference, as is another famous woman of the time, the soprano and opera promoter Louisa Pyne. Known as ‘the lark’ for her beautiful and flexible voice, she made a habit of purchasing the rights to the operas she commissioned to the detriment of the composers.

Copyright is also a hot topic for another music conference, due to take place in September at the University, focusing not on music history, but on something more modern: the internet. The international conference on web delivery of music from September 15-17 will look at issues such as online music sales, accessibility, multimedia, the latest formats including MPEG-7 and MPEG-21, editing and manipulation, digitisation and the preservation of cultural heritage.

Singing, brass bands, a piano recital and music by Leeds-born composer Christian Ignatius Latrobe will provide the musical background to the 19th century British music conference, which is being supported by the British Academy and Ashgate Publishing. Contact Dr Rachel Cowgill on r.e.cowgill@leeds.ac.uk or see http://mus-www.leeds.ac.uk/musrec/ MNCB.html for more details

For details on the web conference, contact Dr Kia Ng, director of the interdisciplinary centre for scientific research in music, email kia@computer.org, ext 32572 or see www.kcng.org

 
 


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