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Please join us for a conference: "Late Style and the Idea of the Summative Work in Bach and Beethoven." For more information:

Where: Virtual (Hosted by the University of Massachusetts Amherst)

When: April 24, 2021 (for a complete schedule, consult the website)

Conference Description: Artistic “lateness” is often characterized by complexities and contradictions that consolidate a lifetime of achievements and accumulated experience into summative works that seem to live on outside of place and time. At the same time, a composer’s late style has frequently been seen as transcending nostalgia and generating new directions for the next generation of composers.

Late works by J. S. Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven are often historically interpreted as summative capstones, while, at the same time, providing foundations for subsequent repertoire. This symposium brings together scholars from diverse perspectives to elucidate (1) the multiple meanings of Late Style in the music of Bach and Beethoven and (2) how their summative late works have been understood and received by composers, performers, theorists, historians, philosophers, critics, and others. Topics range from the philosophical to the practical: for example, new understandings of Late Style, relationships between reflection and creation, and the reception history of late works.

Keynote Speakers:
Scott Burnham, CUNY Graduate Center/Princeton University
Robert Marshall, Brandeis University

Anthony Barone, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Christine Blanken, Bach-Archiv Leipzig
Keith Chapin, Cardiff University
Erinn Knyt, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Richard Kramer, Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Ernest May, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Reuben Phillips, University of Oxford
Michael Spitzer, University of Liverpool

Ellen Exner, New England Conservatory
Abigail Fine, University of Oregon
Linda Hutcheon, University of Toronto
Daniel R. Melamed, Indiana University
Andrew Talle, Northwestern University

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