Questions of Career and Compassion : Finnish Composer, Musicologist and Journalist Armas Launis in Colonialist France

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Tyrväinen , H 2012 , ' Questions of Career and Compassion : Finnish Composer, Musicologist and Journalist Armas Launis in Colonialist France ' , Marhaba : vuosikirja , vol. 2012 , pp. 30–40 . < http://www.sarab.fi/file/marhaba/2012/m12-s30-40n.pdf >

Title: Questions of Career and Compassion : Finnish Composer, Musicologist and Journalist Armas Launis in Colonialist France
Author: Tyrväinen, Helena
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies 2010-2017
Date: 2012
Language: eng
Number of pages: 11
Belongs to series: Marhaba : vuosikirja
ISSN: 0358-1578
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/316239
Abstract: When he settled in Nice in 1930, Armas Launis (1884–1959) became an outsider both to his native Finland and to his new home country, France. In the late 1930s this Protestant composer was working on two operas to his own libretti, whose events were situated in historical North Africa. A student of Jean Sibelius, Ilmari Krohn (Helsinki), Wilhelm Klatte (Berlin), and Waldemar von Baussnern (Weimar), Launis visited Tunisia and Morocco in 1924–27 and spent two winters in Algiers, where he made the acquaintance of two directors of the Conservatoire’s Arabic department: Edmond Nathan Yafil and Mahieddine Bachetarzi. Why did Launis chose religious subjects for his operas Theodora and Jehudith? How do North-African impulses appear in these works? The answers are based on Launis’s books Opera and Spoken Theatre (1915) and In the Land of the Moors (1927), his lecture, ‘Traits of Arabo-Moorish music’ (1928), and his correspondence with Sister Marie Béatrice, a French missionary.
Subject: 6131 Theatre, dance, music, other performing arts
Armas Launis
music history
Algeria
colonialst France
cultural encounters
opera
orientalism
religion
inter-WW era
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