SYMPOSIUM: Music and Politics in the 1930s

*** NB this symposium ran in December 2019***
this webpage has not been updated since then

* PROGRAM – updated 6 December (change to Sunday program) – download revised program

* ABSTRACTS now available to download (5 December)

* CONCERT UPDATE: We’re pleased to announce that the soirée on Saturday 7 December (which forms part of the book launch) will feature music by Manuel de Falla, Carlos Chávez, Jerome Morross, Federico García Lorca, Angel Barrios, Paul Hindemith and a few surprises. Performers include guitarists Rose González, Sophie Marcheff and Ken Murray, pianists Zen Zeng and Simon Bruckard, and baritone Peter Tregear.

SYMPOSIUM: Music and Politics in the 1930s

WHEN: Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 December 2019
WHERE: Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne (Royal Pde, Parkville)

REGISTRATION: free, but essential, and now open on Eventbrite (please register for each session you wish to attend)

GETTING THERE … more information

This symposium explores the impact of politics on music during the long 1930s (c.1925-1945). The expanding economic and cultural reach of the state in democratic and totalitarian regimes, in tandem with the rise of mass media in the form of radio and cinema, contributed to the politicisation of music during this tumultuous period.

We’re pleased to welcome speakers from Europe, the Americas and around Australia, including staff and students of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

We are delighted to announce the launch of John Whiteoak’s new book:
‘Take me to Spain’: Australian Imaginings of Spain through Music and Dance (Lyrebird Press, 2019)
as part of the symposium program. The launch, along with a short concert, will follow the afternoon sessions on Saturday 7 December.

REGISTRATION for the symposium is free,
but Eventbrite booking is essential for each section you wish to attend:

  • the Saturday afternoon symposium sessions (13.30-18.00),
  • the Saturday evening book launch and concert (18.15-20.00),
  • the Sunday symposium sessions (9.30-18.00).

Further information, contact: Michael Christoforidis or Elizabeth Kertesz