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September 2019

Guerra! Guerra! Music, the Arts and War: 1800-2000

The Arts Society Victoria
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 19:00
The Great Hall, The Grey Coat Hospital School
Greycoat Place London SW1P 2DY

As we reflect on the anniversaries of World War I and II, this lecture examines the links between war and the arts over the past two centuries. 

Art has often been stimulated by war, from the Iliad and Aeneid to novels such as War and Peace, the poetry of Wilfred Owen, the visual images of Goya’s Horrors of War, Picasso’s Guernica, Henry Moore’s huddled masses and the sculpture of countless war memorials. Then there’s music. Upbeat anthems like the Marseillaise or choruses belting out “Guerra! Guerra!” in operas such as Aida, and the sadness of Nimrod every year at the Cenotaph. As we reflect on the anniversaries of World War I and II, this lecture examines the links between war and the arts over the past two centuries. This lecture is richly illustrated with imagery taken from throughout Europe, and also draws upon the emotions (sometimes disturbing, sometimes comforting) evoked by music, drama, literature and opera.

Doors open at 6.30pm with wine and soft drinks served before and after the lecture.

THE ARTS SOCIETY ACCREDITED LECTURER

Mr Daniel Snowman

Writer, broadcaster and professional lecturer; author of over a dozen books on social and cultural history. Degrees from Cambridge and Cornell. Lectured at University of Sussex and later Chief Producer, BBC Radio (Features). Since 2004 a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research (Univerity of London). Recent books include The Hitler Emigrés: The Cultural Impact on Britain of Refugees from Nazism and The Gilded Stage: A Social History of Opera. Has led over 50 tours to many of the world's great cultural capitals, and presented lecture courses at the V&A and elsewhere on the history of opera.