Fauré Centennial Festival
In commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of the death of the composer Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924), a festival is being organized by Carlo Caballero and Stephen Rumph in Boulder, Colorado. The festival will take place on the campus of the University of Colorado between 27 February and 3 March 2024.
There are three lines of events: a performance of nine newly commissioned American works by both established and student composers on 1 March; several faculty and student recitals over the course of the week; and a conference of scholarly lectures featuring an international panel of speakers (France, Canada, Israel, Brazil, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.A.). The conference portion of the Festival will span 1–3 March and includes sixteen papers which were selected on the basis of their abstracts.
Registration link forthcoming.
All events are open to the public.
Carlo Caballero is Professor of Music at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he holds the title of Erma Mantey Faculty Fellow. He earned the Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and the B.A. in music from Pomona College. He is the author of Fauré and French Musical Aesthetics and co-editor with Stephen Rumph of Fauré Studies (both from Cambridge University Press). He has published essays in Victorian Studies, 19th-Century Music, The Journal of the American Musicological Society, and many edited collections, most recently Song Beyond the Nation (2021). His new critical edition of Fauré’s two piano quintets for The Complete Works of Gabriel Fauré is in press with Bärenreiter-Verlag. His current projects include studies of ballet music in the 19th and 20th centuries, social continuities in French music from the 18th to the 20th centuries, and a second monograph, Gabriel Fauré: Master of Dreams. Caballero has held fellowships from the American Philosophical Society and the Stanford Humanities Center.
Stephen Rumph is Chair and Adelaide D. Cole Endowed Professor of Music History at the University of Washington. His publications include The Fauré Song Cycles: Poetry and Music, 1861-1921 (University of California Press, 2020) and Fauré Studies (Cambridge University Press, 2021), co-edited with Carlo Caballero. Together with Caballero, he co-organized the conference "Effable and Ineffable: Fauré and the Limits of Criticism" (2015) at the University of Washington. He is currently editing the Cambridge Companion to French Art Song, expected out in 2024. He also sings professionally as a lyric tenor, appearing regularly in opera and concert.
J. David Reid is a doctoral student in piano performance at the University of Colorado Boulder studying under Dr. Jennifer Hayghe. He also holds a master’s degree in piano performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a BM from Louisiana State University. David is a charismatic performer/collaborator and dedicated pedagogue; he has served as a teaching assistant for the piano departments of CU Boulder and Indiana University and as Vice-President of the CU Boulder Collegiate Chapter of MTNA in the 2021-2022 academic year. He was recently published in a co-authored poster presentation for the MTNA February 2023 e-Journal (“Intermediate Repertoire in the Helen Walker-Hill Collection”). Current projects include a solo recital exploring themes of game, playfulness, and imagination through works of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries; a lecture highlighting the plurality of musical and notational options in Chopin’s works illustrated through various autograph and first-edition copies of selected works; and a presentation for the Douglas-Elbert Music Teachers Association in March 2024 concerning the major periods and styles within the western classical canon and their importance within a broader musical education.
Reid is assisting with the performance and rehearsal components of the Fauré Centennial Festival.
Jessica Quah is a doctoral student in the musicology department at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she also serves as a graduate instructor and teaching assistant for a variety of music courses. She holds a MM degree in musicology from Rice University and has held teaching positions across the school and collegiate levels in Texas. Her master's thesis situated the Yellow River and Butterfly Lovers concerti within their respective historical and political contexts, with especial focus on their manifestations of musical hybridity through instrumentation and texture. Quah's research interests range from opera to rap, and tend to involve intersections, particularly those of culture and history, music and language, style and form. Most recently, she presented on the significance of texture and timbre in Chinese metal music at the annual meeting for the Rocky Mountain chapter of the American Musicological Society.
Quah is assisting with this website and the conference portion of the Fauré Centennial Festival.
There will be Fauré celebrations of various shapes and sizes all over the world in 2024! A Franco-Canadian collaboration will complement our effort with a combined celebration of Théodore Dubois and Gabriel Fauré in Paris, France (6–8 November).