[AMS-announce] CONF: Zwischen Zeiten [shifting times] - Enescu Symposium in Oldenburg, Germany, Nov 17-19, 2006

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Zwischen Zeiten [shifting times] - Enescu Symposium in Oldenburg,
Germany, Nov 17-19, 2006

George Enescu (1881-1955), violinist, conductor and composer spending
his life in France, Romania and the USA, became an early mediator
between East and West. After his death, however, Enescu's oeuvre fell
more and more into oblivion. The vast majority of the politically
controlled musicology of communist Romania tried to establish the
apotheosis of an ideologically pleasant and nationalistically endowed
Enescu image, that stroke the West as anachronistic - at best.

Things have however changed a lot in Romania since the downfall of the
communism. It is now only the scientific reception of this composer's
oeuvre that is but slowly starting to affirm itself. The Oldenburg
Enescu symposium intend to renew the academic preoccupation with
Enescu and set it on a generally accepted track.

George Enescu's life and works are shifting times, shifting through
times. Born a mere two years after Romania's liberation from Turkish
sovereignty, educated in Johannes Brahms' Vienna and dying six weeks
before the first audition of Pierre Boulez' Marteau sans Maître,
Enescu was exposed to a large variety of currents, styles and times,
of which many found their way into his work without ever being able to
claim all of it for themselves. The insight into the drama of his
existence between East and West facilitates the discovery of his
hermetic oeuvre and shows an interesting process of assimilating the
constantly changing spirit of his age.

A musical program with extraordinary artists accompanying the
symposium intends to place also Enescu's music into this new
perspective. And the first audition of Dan Dediu's Homage to George
Enescu clearly shows how important Enescu remains for today's musical

More information about the symposium is available on the web site of
the International Enescu Society, http://www.enescusociety.org/

Prof. Violeta Dinescu, University of Oldenburg
Joerg Siepermann, International Enescu Society
E-Mail: mail at enescusociety.org
Web: www.enescusociety.org

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