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The Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge, and Department of Music, SOAS, record the occurrence of

A CELEBRATION OF THE CENTENARY OF DR LAURENCE PICKEN


 SCIENTIST AND MUSICOLOGIST, 1909 - 2007





The Centenary of Laurence Picken was celebrated on

17 October 2009
3.30 pm - 7.00 pm
Faculty of Music, West Road, Cambridge

in the Recital Room; registration from 3.00 pm


Dr Laurence E.R. Picken FBA, a member of the Faculty of Music, Cambridge and an Honorary Fellow of SOAS, was a pioneer of ethnomusicology in the UK. But his was a very individual view of  "the science of musicology", one that reflected both his parallel career as a distinguished scientist, and his interest in the history of music as evidenced by documents, musical instruments, and the spread of cultural ideas. Starting from an interest in 18th century quotations of the music of Bach, he went on to write classic studies of early Chinese music documents, studies of the historical organology of Europe and Asia culminating in his book The folk musical instruments of Turkey, and many publications with his research group on the transmission of Tang Music to Japan, especially Music from the Tang Court. In celebrating the centenary of his birth, we wish to salute his contributions to musicology, and consider what can be learned from his unique vision.


Keynote speaker: Prof. Allan Marett

"Vanishing Songs: How Musical Extinctions Endanger the Planet."



Allan Marett giving the Picken Memorial Lecture



The financial support of the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge, and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, SOAS, was gratefully acknowledged.








Enquiries to Richard Widdess, rw4@soas.ac.uk, with subject  "Picken Centenary".