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Where: UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST

When: April 12-13, 2019

Title: Bach in the Imaginary Museum and Bach Re-Imagined: Contemporary
Perspectives on Performing and Re-Creating Bach

Description: J. S. Bach’s music—widely regarded as a foundation of the
“standard repertoire”—is constantly being recycled within contemporary
musical culture, ranging from historic recreations and historically
informed performances (HIP), to adaptations, arrangements, covers, and new
works that are influenced by or inspired by “Bach.” This symposium seeks to
bring together scholars (and possibly composers) from diverse perspectives
to elucidate the multiple ways that the music of J.S. Bach has been
re-imagined from the time of the Mendelssohn Revival to the present. Topics
may range from the philosophical to the practical: notions of the work
concept and Werktreue; new perspectives on historically informed
performance practice; arrangements and adaptations; changing ideas about
the role of the performer; Bach in popular music, film music, and jazz; and
the influence of Bach in the composition of new works and as a topic in
contemporary culture.

Keynote Address: Lydia Goehr (Columbia University).

Please send paper proposals (abstracts of up to 300 words) to Erinn Knyt
(eknyt -at- music.umass.edu) by Sept. 1, 2018.


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