Stroeher, musicologist and associate professor of music, will
present a session at “Benjamin Britten in Context,” a two-day
international conference at Liverpool Hope University in the
United Kingdom. The conference will take place from June 10 to
"I am honored to have my presentation chosen for this conference, as my primary research focuses on Benjamin Britten's songs and song cycles,” Stroeher said. “It's going to be a great couple of days exchanging ideas and research with other Britten scholars."
Britten (1913-1976) is considered one of the most important 20th century English composers. He put English opera back onto the world-wide operatic stage with “Peter Grimes” (1945), as well as “Billy Budd” (1951) and “Death in Venice” (1973). He also wrote choral works, including the “War Requiem” (1962), “A Ceremony of Carols” (1942) and “Rejoice in the Lamb” (1943), and orchestral pieces. Early in his career, Britten collaborated with the premier English poet, W. H. Auden.
Stroeher’s presentation will examine two existing versions of a song Britten composed to text by Auden and discuss his struggle with the setting in the light of his changing relationship with Auden.
Prior to attending the conference, Stroeher will be conducting research in the Britten-Pears Library in Aldeburgh, U.K., which is Britten’s private library.
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