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"Opera and Marriage in the works of Eugen d'Albert"
January 29, 2011 - 9:00 am
Educated in Great Britian, Eugen d’Albert showed early musical talent and, at the age of seventeen, he won a scholarship to study in Austria. Feeling a kinship with German culture and music, he soon emigrated to Germany, where he studied in Weimar with the elderly Franz Liszt and began a career as a concert pianist. A friend of Richard Strauss, Humperdinck and Pfitzner, d’Albert was heavily influenced by Richard Wagner. d’Albert composed 21 operas the most well-known being Tiefland (1903).
Adrian Daub received his Ph.D. in May 2008 from the University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation focused on philosophical approaches to marriage in German Idealism and German Romanticism (“Uncivil Unions – The Metaphysics of Marriage in German Idealism and Jena Romanticism, 1794-1801”). His recent publications include “’The Abyss of the Scream’- On the Music of Hermann Nitsch” (in a volume entitled Blood Orgies: Hermann Nitsch in America), “Adorno’s Schreker – Charting the Self-Dissolution of the Distant Sound” (in Cambridge Opera Journal) and “’Donner à voir’: The Logic of the Caption in Alexander Kluge’s The Devil’s Blind Spot and W.G. Sebald’s Rings of Saturn” (in a volume entitled Searching for Sebald). A German-language monograph on cultural perceptions of four-hand piano music in 19th century Europe was published in 2010; Professor Daub’s newest book on marriage from Kant to Nietzsche (“Uncivil Unions”) will be out with the University of Chicago Press next year (2011).
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