The next installment of the Faculty Lecture Series, presented by the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, will discuss “Composer Federico Mompou (1893–1987) and the French Connection.” The event, which includes a lecture and performance, will take place on Monday, Feb. 7, from 5:00–6:00 p.m., in the college’s Performing and Visual Arts Wing in the Don Taft University Center, room 309.
This presentation by Ed Stieve, Ph.D., associate professor in the college, will focus on the changing identities in the work of Mompou, a Catalan composer who spent much of his life in Paris. Mompou’s emphasis on psychological expressiveness in music found natural allies in “Les Six,” an avant-garde group of young composers formed by Erik Satie (1866–1925). Mompou’s work also reveals influences of French music at the turn of the 20th Century and of the Paris Conservatory, where he studied.
The annual Faculty Lecture Series draws from the knowledge and expertise of more than 120 full-time faculty members within the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences. The series explores the faculty’s diverse areas of interest in the arts, humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, and biological sciences.