Myself and Marco Polo
100 St. Joseph Street, Carr Hall room 404
Time: Feb 26th, 4:00 pm End: Feb 26th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Music, Faculty of , Italian Studies (FAS), History (FAS), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Diaspora/Transnational, Comparative Literature (FAS), 1200-1500
Lecture by Paul Griffiths, musicologist, librettist, novelist
Prof. Salvatore Bancheri, Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies, in collaboration with the Faculty of Music cordially invites you to a public lecture by
Paul Griffiths, Musicologist, Librettist, Novelist
Myself and Marco Polo
Thursday, February 26, 2015 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Carr Hall 404 100 St. Joseph Street University of Toronto
Marco Polo’s posthumous travels have taken him several times into the wonderland of fiction, the subject of a play by Eugene O’Neill (Marco Millions, 1925) and a novel by Italo Calvino (Le città invisibili, 1972). Paul Griffiths will consider these transmogrifications but talk mostly about his own experiences writing fiction about and around a character whose ‘real life’, inasmuch as it is known to us, may be largely fiction. The focus will be on the continuing relevance of Marco Polo as an image of the traveler, of his book as a case of multiple authorship, and of his project as an instance of east-west communication. Mr. Griffiths will illustrate his lecture with readings from his novel Myself and Marco Polo (1989) and excerpts from a DVD recording of Tan Dun’s opera Marco Polo (1996), for which he wrote the libretto.
Paul Griffiths was born in Bridgend, Wales, in 1947. For thirty years he worked as a music critic, for newspapers and magazines in London and later New York. Other endeavors include several books on music – among them a standard text on music since 1945, Modern Music and After, now in its third edition – as well as novels, stories, and librettos. Besides Tan Dun, he has written words for music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Elliott Carter (opera What Next?), James Wood, and Hans Abrahamsen. He is a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2002), a Member of the Welsh Academy (2008), a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2011), and an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (2014).