School of Media, Film and Music

Distant voices, living music: hearing the past and writing the present

Wednesday 6 March 18:00 until 19:00
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex, Gardner Centre Road, BN1 9RA
Speaker: Ed Hughes, Professor of Composition in Music, School of Media, Film and Music
Part of the series: Sussex Lectures

The Sussex Lectures promote our excellent research and teaching, and provide opportunities for alumni, friends and our wider community to celebrate the work at the University.

Distant voices, living music: hearing the past and writing the present

Classical composers are often trained to think that originality means devising new ideas and methods, and precludes quoting the past. Yet many composers find their voices by building on the work of past musicians. In this lecture I will discuss ways in which a knowledge of 16th century English music helped me to compose my 'Sinfonia' (2018), exploring the tension between tradition and innovation from a personal perspective.

Ed Hughes's lecture will be illustrated with musical examples from the 16th century and from his own work, performed live on the ACCA’s stage by the New Music Players: Darragh Morgan (violin), Joe Giddey (cello), Helen Whitaker (flute), Fiona Cross (clarinet), Mary Dullea (piano).

Ed Hughes, Professor of Composition in Music, School of Media, Film and Music

Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts
University of Sussex
Gardner Centre Road
Brighton
BN1 9RA

This is a free, open lecture – everyone is welcome, but numbers are limited so please book your place, alternatively, you can email events@sussex.ac.uk

Refreshments provided.

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Last updated: Thursday, 17 January 2019

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