The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities will host a “Graduate Work-in-Progress” presentation about French romance music in the 19th century, given by Nathan Dougherty, PhD candidate in the Department of Music.
In his presentation “Closing the Wound: Memory and Clinical Nostalgia in the 19th-Century French ‘Romance,'” Dougherty will discuss the quintessential French song genre that was 19th-century romance music and its intimate ties to memories of lost love. Dougherty will examine both how and why romance composers sought to evoke and exploit memory, focusing particularly on the songs’ medical potential.
The presentation will take place Thursday, Oct. 14, at 4:30 p.m. in Clark Hall, Room 206. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the reception has been canceled. The presentation will also be livestreamed.