Professor Jeremy Dibble (Durham University) Saturday 12th November 2016 at 2.30 p.m.
The First World War had a profound effect on musicians in Britain. For those such as Parry, Stanford and Elgar, who had grown up during the Victorian years with a sense of mission and nurture towards the younger generation, the military stance of Germany, a country revered as the pinnacle of musical art, was regarded as the fall of Lucifer.
Much of their music mourned the loss of those they had taught and encouraged. For the younger generations, the sacrifice was considerable. Some such as Vaughan Williams, Bliss and Dyson saw out the war. Others were prisoners of war. Ivor Gurney, prone to mental instability, discovered a sense of equilibrium with army life, only to suffer madness after the hostilities were over. And composers – Butterworth, Browne, Kelly, Farrar and Coles – were killed.
In the next talk on WWI-related topics arranged by The Bowes Museum as part of its First World War Commemoration Project – “To Serve King and Country” – Professor Jeremy Dibble from Durham University will consider music written during the war and afterwards to explore the range of emotions, sounds and impressions that music was able to capture in the face of heroism, horror, sadness and loss.
Professor Dibble has written extensively on British composers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Tickets for the talk cost £3 including light refreshments (FREE with normal museum admission charges, for Friends of The Bowes Museum, students and school pupils) and are available from Museum Reception (Tel: 01833 690606/email: firstname.lastname@example.org).