Music Postgraduates Present at Prestigious London Conference

8 October 2013

Research Postgraduates Jeannie Liu Lai-ying (PhD, Musicology) and Florence Cheng Shi-suen (PhD, Musicology) presented papers at the Ninth International Conference of the World and Music Studies Association, held at the Senate House of the University of London in early August this year.

:The many questions I answered for 20 minutes after my paper showed me that other scholars were very interested in my research;, said Jeannie. :Both the positive and critical comments really stimulated my thinking.; Jeannie・s paper examined her research into the topic of :Pictures into Music and the Reveal of the Unsaid: Rachmaninov・s The Isle of the Dead, Op. 29.; The benefits of presenting papers as well as representing the Department of Music and the University are something which Jeannie feels are important as well. :In Hong Kong, no one other than my supervisor [Associate Professor David Francis Urrows] is doing research in my topic area of intermedial studies in music, so attending and having the opportunity to meet and clarify ideas with important scholars such as Werner Wolf, was very useful. Interaction is needed, not just questions and answers by email.;

The International Word and Music Studies Association (WMA) was founded in 1997 at the Karl-Franzens University in Graz, Austria, to :promote transdisciplinary scholarly inquiry devoted to the relations among literature, verbal texts, language, and music :. Major world-renowned scholars, including Lawrence Kramer, Werner Wolf, and Walter Bernhart, are members of the Executive Committee. The book series, Word and Music Studies, is the organization・s principal publication medium, but working papers by postgraduates are also published online at the Association・s website. The Word and Music Studies Forum was organized for postgraduate students in 2010, and organizes its own bi-annual conferences.

Florence Cheng presented findings from her research on the music of 20th C. French composer Yves Daniel-Lesur (1908-2002) and his 1950 choral work, Le Cantique des Cantiques (The Song of Songs) in her paper on :The .Natural Aesthetics of the Human Voice: A study in Daniel-Lesur・s , Le Cantique des Cantiques .; Other notable presentations included a lecture on silence in English lute songs and madrigals by Anthony Rooley, founder of the influential Early Music ensemble, The Consorte of Musick, and professor at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland; and Lawrence Kramer・s keynote paper on :Rosetta Tones: The Score as Hieroglyph.;

In addition to Jeannie and Florence・s papers, Hong Kong Baptist University was also on the program with the world premiere of a commissioned work by Dr. David Francis Urrows at the opening recital. His Paroles pour musique (peut-etre) for mezzo-soprano, baritone, and piano, was given its first performance by Suzanne Lodato, Michael Halliwell, and Walter Bernhart in the Chancellor・s Hall to a full house. Baptist University was unique in being represented in London by three separate presentations at this conference. The next WMA conference is scheduled for Summer 2015 at Fordham University in New York.


Associate Prof. David Francis Urrows, Jeannie Liu Lai-ying, and WMA President, Dr. Prof. Walter Bernhart


Florence Cheng beginning her paper on Yves Daniel-Lesur