Hidden Interiors: Searching for the Self in Works by Peggy Glanville-Hicks

Free Public Lecture

Hidden Interiors: Searching for the Self in Works by Peggy Glanville-Hicks

Melba Hall

Parkville campus

Royal Parade

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Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

The Australian-born composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks is the subject of three biographies, each of them successively unravelling some of the more wildly improbable stories she told about her life. While her very significant career as a composer and critic is by now well documented, the substance of her emotional life is less easy to trace. In response to biographical theorists who argue that looking for the life in the works is misguided or even fruitless, this lecture examines three significant works to investigate whether or how her music could be considered autobiographical, and what aspects of the composing self might not otherwise be speakable.

Suzanne Robinson, a renowned Australian scholar and award-winning author, is a research fellow at the Conservatorium. This lecture will be followed by a reception at 6.30PM to celebrate the publication of her new book, Peggy Glanville-Hicks: Composer and Critic.

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