||April 5, 2018
||Three Russian Dances
||Simon Morrison, Professor of Music and Slavic Languages & Literatures at Princeton University
In this talk Prof. Morrison will explore the meaning of three Russian dances from three canonic ballets, considering how music and dance generate meaning, and how the dances relate to broader topics in Russian history, culture, and politics.
Simon Morrison specializes in 20th-century music, particularly Russian, Soviet, and French music, with special interests in dance, cinema, aesthetics, and historically informed performance based on primary sources. He has conducted archival research in St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Paris, London, New York, Washington DC, Copenhagen, and (most extensively) in Moscow. After graduating from the University of Toronto, Morrison earned a doctorate from Princeton and joined its music faculty in 1998. Among the books he has published are: Russian Opera and the Symbolist Movement (2002), The People’s Artist: Prokofiev’s Soviet Years (2009), Funeral Games: In Honor of Arthur Vincent Lourié (2014, with Klara Moricz) and Bolshoi Confidential: Secrets of the Russian Ballet from the Rule of the Tsars to Today (2016). Among Professor Morrison’s many distinctions are the Alfred Einstein Award from the American Musicological Society, an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, a Phi Beta Kappa Society Teaching Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.