Conference Dates: January 16-18, 2020
Location: Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall – Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

The Princeton University Department of Music is pleased to announce an upcoming conference, “Within and Without: Les Six at 100,” to be held in Princeton, New Jersey from January 16th through 18th, 2020.

One hundred years ago, music critic Henri Collet christened a group of young composers “les six Français” in his column for the Paris daily Comœdia. Celebrating the lives and music of those artists—Georges Auric, Louis Durey, Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc, and Germaine Tailleferre—whose modern sound changed the course of French musical history after the death of Debussy, this centennial conference offers us a chance to review and reconsider this group and its members. Our conference theme, “Within and Without,” will guide these reflections, encouraging questions not only on the nature of the composers’ collective, but also on their individual work in domains that might lie outside of the realm of strictly musical composition, as well as such issues as exclusion, influence, and identity.

This three-day event will include:
Presentations by Jane Fulcher, Barbara Kelly, Deborah Mawer, Christopher Moore, Caroline Potter and Marianne Wheeldon;
A panel discussion on the ballets of Les Six with Lynn Garafola, Jacinthe Harbec, and Elizabeth Kendall;
A concert of works by the six composers featuring pianist Sylvia Kahan; and
Panels of paper presentations representing recent research on Les Six by international scholars.

All conference events are free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested and may be completed at the conference website. A full program is also available on the conference website.

Two concurrently held pre-conference events (described in the conference program) require a separate advance registration due to limited space. If you wish to reserve a spot at either, please contact Campbell Shiflett (cps -at-

The Princeton University Department of Music has arranged for a block of rooms to be available to conference attendees at the Nassau Inn in Princeton, NJ from January 15th through the 19th at a special rate. Details are available at the conference website. All reservations must be made before December 15th, and the number of rooms is limited – so don't delay!

Please address all questions to Campbell Shiflett: cps -at- 

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