Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies /
Société canadienne d'études du dix-huitième siècle


The Enterprise Quartet Concert

Travel in Sounds: Globalizing Music in the Enlightenment

Thursday October 18th 2012, 8 p.m.
Edmonton City Hall Atrium, Sir Winston Churchill Square

How and where does music travel in the eighteenth century? The Enterprise Quartet (with special guest on the harpsichord) has put together an eclectic repertoire showcasing the theme of Crossings: The Cultures of Global Exchange in the Eighteenth Century in honour an a conference taking place by that name sponsored by the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. As many eighteenth-century composers did, the listener will travel across borders, from Italy to London to Scotland, from Prague to Vienna to Spain and, in imagination, from Persia to Peru, from Africa to America. Do some musical forms lend themselves to cross-cultural mobility more than others? Can we read the Enlightenment’s democratization of culture in the new ways music circulates in the period? How does European music represent cultural ‘Others’? The concert is sponsored by the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies at the University of Alberta and the Social Science and Research Council of Canada. All are welcome.

Detail of The Qianlong Emperor's Southern Inspection Tour (1770), Xu Yang. Mactaggart Art Collection. Reproduced with the permission of Museums and Collections Services, University of Alberta.