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UMass Amherst Bach


Symposium



Bach in the Age of Modernism,

Postmodernism and Globalization


April 21-22, 2017

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List of Presenters
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Visiting UMass / Fees

J.S. Bach

DESCRIPTION

Although the music of J.S. Bach has inspired a voluminous amount of scholarship, the impact and appropriation of his music in the 20th and 21st centuries remains relatively unexplored. This conference seeks to bring together scholars from diverse disciplines and perspectives that share an interest in the multiple ways the music of J.S. Bach has impacted culture or inspired the work of composers, pedagogues, performers, critics, and listeners during the 20th century and beyond.

Topics include Bach's influence on major composers, recent discoveries in archival research, the reception and appropriation of "Bach" by diverse political regimes, the use of Bach's compositions as pedagogical models in higher education, the quotation from or appropriation of Bach's compositions and style, and the metamorphosis of "Bach" and his music from local to national, European, Western, and now, Global.

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS      

Friday, April 21, 2017 - Panel Discussion: Contextualizing Bach's B Minor Mass

Panel Discussion: 7:30-9:00pm, Bezanson Hall, Fine Arts Center
"Contextualizing Bach's B Minor Mass"
Moderated by Ernest May (UMass Amherst)
      Michael Marissen (Swarthmore College)
      Daniel R. Melamed (Indiana University)
      Robert L. Marshall (Brandeis University)
      Jan Stockigt (University of Melbourne)
      Szymon Paczkowski (University of Warsaw)

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Scholarly Symposium      

Morning Refreshments & Registration: 8:00-8:30am, Bezanson lobby

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Paper Session I: 8:30-10am; Chair: Ernest May
Brent Auerbach, Non-Musical Performances of Bach's Music as Acts of Critical Analysis
Joel Lester, Bach and Musical "Forms"
Daniel R. Melamed, How did 'Aus Liebe' get to be so slow?

Paper Session II: 10:15-11:45am; Chair: Roberta Marvin
Jan Stockigt, The Royal Catholic Chapel in Leipzig's Pleissenburg Castle
Szymon Paczkowski, Music in the Lutheran court chapel in Dresden in the time of Bach
Robert and Traute Marshall, Bach Country Today

Lunch: 12:00-1:00pm, University Club, 243 Stockbridge Road

Keynote Address: 1:15-2:15pm, Bezanson Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center
Michael Marissen - Bach Against Modernity

Paper Session III: 2:30-4:00pm; Chair: Ellen Exner
Louis Epstein, Bach and the Dance in 20th-Century France
Erinn Knyt, Allusions to J.S. Bach in the Early Piano Pieces of Ferrucio Busoni
Markus Rathey, Canon and Identity: Leo Schrade's Bach Studies During his Years at Yale

Paper Session IV: 4:15-6:15pm; Chair: Marianna Ritchey
Ellen Exner, Certifying J.S. Bach's Interplanetary Funksmanship: George Clinton, Bernie Worrell, and P-Funk's Baroque Aesthetic
Andrea Moore, Art-Religion for a Global New Age
Matthew Mugmon, Bernstein, Rock, and Bach: Constructing a Tonal Heritage for Modern Music
Allison Smith, Religious Rivalries in John Adams's The Death of Klinghoffer

Evening Reception: 6:15-7:00pm, Bezanson lobby
(Bach Mass in B minor performance at Grace Church, Amherst at 7:30pm)

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List of Symposium Presenters

Keynote Speaker: Michael Marissen (Swarthmore College)

Brent Auerbach (UMass Amherst)
Louis Epstein (St. Olaf College)
Ellen Exner (New England Conservatory)
Erinn Knyt (UMass Amherst)
Joel Lester (City University of New York)
Robert and Traute Marshall (Brandeis University)
Daniel R. Melamed (Indiana University)
Andrea Moore (University of California, Riverside)
Matthew Mugmon (University of Arizona)
Szymon Paczkowski (University of Warsaw)
Markus Rathey (Yale University)
Allison Smith (UMass Amherst)
Janice Stockigt (University of Melbourne)

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Presenters - Scholarly Symposium

Michael Marissen

Michael Marissen, Keynote Speaker

Swarthmore College

Bach Against Modernity

Bio

Link to Jan. 2, 2017 article in The New Yorker which includes discussion about Marissen's new book, Bach and God.

Alphabetic list of Presenters:

Brent Auerbach

Brent Auerbach

UMass Amherst

Non-Musical Performances of Bach's Music as Acts of Critical Analysis

Bio   Abstract


Louis Epstein

Louis Epstein

St. Olaf College

Bach and the Dance in 20th-Century France

Bio   Abstract


Ellen Exner

Ellen Exner

New England Conservatory

Certifying J.S. Bach's Interplanetary Funksmanship: Geoge Clinton, Bernie Worrell, and P-Funk's Baroque Aesthetic

Bio   Abstract


Erinn Knyt

Erinn Knyt

UMass Amherst

Allusions to J.S. Bach in the Early Piano Pieces of Ferrucio Busoni

Bio   Abstract


Joel Lester

Joel Lester

City University of New York

Bach and Musical "Forms"

Bio   Abstract  


Traute & Robert Marshall

Robert & Traute Marshall

Brandeis University

Bach Country Today

Bio   Abstract


Daniel R. Melamed

Daniel R. Melamed

Indiana University

How did 'Aus Liebe' get to be so slow?

Bio   Abstract


Andrea Moore

Andrea Moore

University of California, Riverside

Art-Religion for a Global New Age

Bio   Abstract


Matthew Mugmon

Matthew Mugmon

University of Arizona

Bernstein, Rock, and Bach: Constructing a Tonal Heritage for Modern Music

Bio   Abstract


Szymon Paczkowski

Szymon Paczkowski

University of Warsaw

Music at the Lutheran court chapel in Dresden in the time of Bach

Bio   Abstract


Markus Rathey

Markus Rathey

Yale University

Canon and Identity: Leo Schrade's Bach Studies During his Years at Yale

Bio   Abstract


Allison Smith

Allison Smith

UMass Amherst

Religious Rivalries in John Adams's The Death of Klinghoffer

 Bio   Abstract


Jan Stockigt

Janice Stockigt

University of Melbourne

The Royal Catholic Chapel in Leipzig's Pleissenburg Castle

Bio   Abstract


 

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Fees for Saturday Scholarly Symposium:
Free for Symposium Presenters & Festival Performers
$25 for Faculty/Community members
$5 for Students
Fees include morning & evening refreshments and lunch.

Please bring cash or check made out to UMass Amherst on April 22.


Visiting UMass-Useful links:


Amherst area accommodations

Directions to UMass Amherst, including shuttle service from Hartford/Springfield, Boston & NYC airports

Campus Maps. Venues:
Bezanson Recital Hall resides in the Music Department wing of the Fine Arts Center, in the eastern part of the building near North Pleasant Street.
Grace Episcopal Church is in downtown Amherst on the east side of the Town Common, 14 Boltwood Avenue.
The University Club is on Stockbridge Road behind the Morrill Science Center.

Visitor Parking Information. Parking on Saturday, all day, and Friday after 5pm is free in most UMass lots. On Friday before 5pm, you may park in the Campus Garage, at a meter or paystation space, or obtain a Visitor's Pass from Parking Services. Symposium Presenters may contact the Music Department for free parking passes.

 

 

The UMass Bach Festival & Symposium is made possible by:

UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance
UMass Amherst College of Humanities and Fine Arts
UMass Amherst Office of Research and Engagement
Fine Arts Center and the UMass Arts Council

 

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