Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Colloquium: Samantha Owens
Conservatorium of Music
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Packet-boats and Parcels: JS Cousser and the Practicalities of Musical Exchange in Early Modern Europe
The decision of successful music director and composer Johann Sigismund Cousser to settle in Dublin in 1707 has left many scholars perplexed. Yet far from being an act of apparent self-exile, evidence uncovered in Cousser’s commonplace book suggests that he continued to maintain close connections with friends and colleagues not only in England, but also further afield in Continental Europe through the means of both correspondence and travel. Through an exploration of this fascinating primary source, this presentation calls for a reassessment of the extent to which music was transferred from one country to another in the early modern era.
The Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Colloquium series perpetuates the legacy and cultural impact of Melburnian music patron and publisher Louise Hanson-Dyer (1884–1962), founder of Éditions de l’Oiseau-Lyre, by bringing cutting-edge issues in music research to a public forum for discussion and debate.