Goethe l'anglaise: singing the poet's song in a strange land

8 June 2018 6.00pm 7.00pm


Convocation House, Old Bodleian Library (Map)


Dr Derek McCulloch


Friends' Administrator - fob@bodleian.ox.ac.uk


Veteran translator and music historian Dr Derek McCulloch returns to the Bodleian Library to celebrate his 80th birthday and to discuss the nature of 'song', its relationship between words and music, and when it is not a song.

How should a foreign eighteenth century song, for example to a text by Goethe, be performed in a new linguistic and cultural environment? With the aid of Café Mozart he gives the unequivocal answer provided by eighteenth century practice - one that may come as a surprise to many.

A selection of related items from the Bodleian's collections will be on display in the Blackwell Hall, Weston Library, between 10am-5pm on the day.

This event is sponsored by Watlington Fine Wines.


Tickets cost £10

Booking is required. Each online transaction is subject to a £1 booking fee.

The fastest way to book tickets is online. To book tickets by telephone please call the Ashmolean and Bodleian Box Office on +44 (0)1865 278112. Telephone transactions are subject to a £2 booking fee.

Book tickets

This event is listed under: Lectures and talks; Friends of the Bodleian
Back to top