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REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture: Emily Theobald, "'Must They Wait Fifty Years?': Penderecki’s Pittsburgh Overture (1967) and the Polish Avant-garde in Pittsburgh"

Event Type
Lecture
Sponsor
REEEC
Location
Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building (707 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana, IL 61801)
Date
Jun 25, 2019   12:00 pm  
Speaker
Emily Theobald (PhD Candidate in Musicology, University of Florida)
Cost
Free and open to the public.
Contact
REEEC
E-Mail
reec@illinois.edu
Phone
217-333-1244
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Originating Calendar
Russian, E. European & Eurasian Center: Speakers

On June 30, 1968, the American Wind Symphony Orchestra (AWSO) premiered Krzysztof Penderecki’s Pittsburgh Overture on a large silver barge—the Point-Counterpoint— afloat at Point State Park the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In keeping with the music director’s commitment to disseminating innovative music for wind ensemble in an imaginative and intimate way, Penderecki’s commission brought the Polish musical avant-garde to the United States during an unlikely time in history. Relying on previously-unexamined archival materials including sketches, correspondences, and photographs, Emily traces the commission, planning, and compositional processes which made this waterway premiere possible in the context of the AWSO’s 1968 Festival of Poland. Further, Emily also considers the democratizing environment of the premiere event in 1960s industrial Pittsburgh, as well as the larger implications of this musical collaboration in the context of the Cold War.

 

Emily Theobald is a PhD candidate in musicology at the University of Florida, where she has also completed the certificate in Modern European Studies from the Center for European Studies. Her work examines the music of Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki in both Polish and American contexts.

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