Richard Toop will be presenting the public lecture
Frozen Music? Music and architecture in (mainly) the 20th century
This will be held at 7pm on Wednesday, 11th May 2011, Level 3 Lecture Room 322, UTS – Faculty of DAB (Building 6), 702 – 730 Harris St, Broadway 2007
Many composers have been inspired by architecture in some form, and especially in the 20th century. Sometimes this inspiration has come from actual buildings (from the middle ages to Gehry), sometimes from architectural theory (Corbusier), but also from visual artworks that proposed ‘impossible’ architectures (Piranesi, Escher). One of the 20th century’s major modernist composers, Iannis Xenakis, was himself also an architect who, as a young man, worked as Corbusier’s assistant. In this promenade through the relationships between new music and architecture, featured composers will include Louis Andriessen, Brian Ferneyhough, György Ligeti, Karlheinz Stockhausen and, of course, Iannis Xenakis.
Richard Toop has spent his entire career in contact with some of Europe’s leading modernist composers (his first job was as Stockhausen’s teaching assistant in Cologne). He is part historian, part analyst of compositions and, above all, compositional processes. His publications include a book on Ligeti, a book of Stockhausen analyses, numerous analytical articles and book chapters, and several contributions to the Grove Dictionary of Music, including the entries on Ferneyhough and Stockhausen. Recently retired from the Sydney Conservatorium (University of Sydney), he is now Honorary Reader in Musicology.