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The Passionate Arts in the Early Modern World

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Image: "The Musicians" Caravaggio, c. 1595. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Date: Friday 6th March 2015
Time: 9.30am-3.00pm
Venue: Callaway Music Auditorium,The University of Western Australia
Contact: emotions@uwa.edu.au

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The presentations include illustrations and workshop activities. All speakers are internationally renowned Australian scholars, representing four of the country’s leading universities, and are associated with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

Programme 

9.30am  Welcome from the UWA School of Music, and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

9.35am-09.45am  ‘The Passionate Arts Project’
Professor Jane Davidson, Deputy Director, Centre for the History of Emotions, The University of Melbourne.
This brief session gives an overview of the context for the study day.
 
09.45am-10.45am ‘A Passion for Power’  
Professor Susan Broomhall, Discipline of History, UWA.
This session explores the cultural politics of power in Europe across the period 1550-1750, focusing on the House of Medici, a banking family and political dynasty that first began to gather prominence under Cosimo de' Medici in the Republic of Florence and went on to produce four Popes of the Catholic church and two regent queens of France.

10.45am-11.00am  Tea Break. Refreshments provided.

11.00am-12.00pm ‘Music, Dance, and Power at the Court of the Sun-King’
Dr David Irving, Canberra School of Music, Australian National University.
This session focuses on the reign of Louis XIV of France, and explores the interface of the Court, political power and the role of the performing arts in context. Louis XIV, France's Sun King, had the longest reign in European history (1643-1715). He brought absolute monarchy to its height, established a glittering court at Versailles, and fought most of the other European countries in four wars.

12.00pm-1.00pm  Lunch.  Please provide your own. There are many café-style outlets on campus, though bringing your own picnic is also an option.

1.00pm-2.00pm ‘Moving the Passions of the Soul: Performing Rhetoric in Early Modern Italy'
Dr Alan Maddox, The Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney.
This session will focus on the art of rhetoric (presentation designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect) that was of central importance to cultural communication in the period 1600-1750. Examples will draw from the performing arts, as well as other sites of oration such as the legal courtroom as well as political settings.

2.00pm-3.00pm ‘The Arts of Power and Early Modern Italy’
Professor Susan Broomhall, Discipline of History, UWA
This session explores the visual and material culture (including city spaces, processions and buildings as well as art and sculpture) of Italy in this period.
 
3.00pm-3.05pm – Conclusions
Professor Jane Davidson, The University of Melbourne.

7.00pm-8.30pm ‘The Rhetoric of Passion: Eloquence in the Golden Age of Italian Music’
World-renowned musical director William Christie with soloists of Le Jardin des Voix and musicians from Les Arts Florissants present a lecture-recital, ‘The Rhetoric of Passion’ focusing on emotions conceived by Italian composers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Tickets $35 - bookings, trybooking.com.au