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WCEE Winter Events

CREES Noon Lecture. Music and Resilience in Early Postwar Poland

Mackenzie Pierce, assistant professor of musicology, U-M
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
12:00-1:20 PM
Off Campus Location
This talk examines the composers who survived the Second World War in Poland and the music they wrote during the war’s aftermath. It analyzes longer-range continuities in composition in Poland across the war period. To do so, Mackenzie Pierce examines previously unconsidered archival materials to show how the wartime survival of the composers Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern, Zygmunt Mycielski, and Roman Palester informed their postwar aesthetics. He shows how these individual reactions to the war gained—or failed to gain—broader social support. Ultimately, he argues, these composers reactivated deep-seated beliefs about the power of the aesthetic to mediate individual and collective experience, bolstering an expressive, emotional musical style that would resonate through postwar Polish composition for years to come.

Mackenzie Pierce is assistant professor of musicology at the School of Music, Theater & Dance at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the cultural aftermath of WWII among Poland’s composers, musicologists, and performers, and he has overseen world and US premieres of the works of Roman Palester and Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern, among others. His articles appear in 19th-Century Music, The Journal of Musicology, and The Cambridge Companion to Music and Fascism. His research has been supported through fellowships from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and the Kościuszko Foundation.

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Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: European, History, International, Music, Poland
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, International Institute, Copernicus Center for Polish Studies, Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia