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Beethoven's String Quartets: A Classical or Modernistic Legacy?
Victoria, BC, March 2000

From March 24-26 2000, the University of Victoria's School of Music is hosting an international symposium focusing on Beethoven's sixteen string quartets. Leading scholars from Canada, the United States, Germany and Britain will probe issues of musical style, meaning and compositional genesis that concern all of the quartets, with particular works the subject of detailed analysis. As much as the symposium celebrates the seminal role that Beethoven's works occupy in the string quartet literature, it also celebrates the performance of the complete cycle by the School of Music's resident string quartet. The Lafayette String Quartet's series of six concerts began in October 1999 and will conclude on Sunday, March 26 at 2:30 pm.

Schedule of Events

Friday, March 24, 9:30-12:30

David Schroeder, Dalhousie University - "Haydn, Beethoven and the Musical Art of Conversation"
Sylvia Imeson, University of Victoria - "'Guardian of Doorways, Gates and Beginnings': Beethoven and the Uses of the Past"
Harald Krebs, University of Victoria - "Metrical Dissonance and Metrical Revision in Beethoven's String Quartets"

Friday, March 24, 1:30-4:30

Rainer Cadenbach, Hochschule der Künste, Berlin - "Beethoven's 'Work-Groups' and Stylistic Development"
Caryl Clark, University of Toronto - "Vocality and Conversation in the Quartets"
Cornelia Bartsch, Hochschule der Künste, Berlin - "The Question of Gender in Beethoven's String Quartets"

Saturday, March 25, 9:30-12:30

Seow-Chin Ong, University of Louisville - "Beethoven's Quartet in F minor, Op. 95: A Preliminary Examination of the Sketch Sources"
Nicholas Marston, Oxford University -"Finding a 'Language of Romance': Aspects of the 'Harp' Quartet, Op. 74"

Saturday, March 25, 1:30-4:30

Birgit Lodes, University of Munich - "What's New? The Scherzo of Beethoven's String Quartet op. 127 and the Concept of 'Late Style'"
Robert Hatten, Indiana University - "Exploring Levels of Discourse and Troping: The 'Andante con moto ma non troppo: Poco scherzoso' Third Movement of Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 130"
William Caplin, McGill University - "The Genesis of the Countersubjects for Beethoven's Große Fuge"

Sunday, March 26, 9:30-12:30

Joseph Kerman, University of California at Berkeley - "Beethoven's 'Metastyle'"
William Kinderman, University of Victoria - "Beethoven's Last Quartets: Threshold of a Fourth Creative Period?"

Round table discussion

Sunday, March 26, 2:30

Lafayette String Quartet:

Op. 18, no.1 original first mvt.
Op. 18, no.1 revised in F major
revised finale of Op. 130
Op. 130, in B flat major
Op. 133, "Große Fuge", original finale of Op. 130

The Lafayette String Quartet will perform in the University Centre Farquhar Auditorium. Reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased at the McPherson Box Office outlets or by calling (250) 386-6121. Tickets are regularly priced at $25 (CDN); $22.50 for symposium registrants, $18 for students.

All symposium lectures will take place in the Philip T. Young Recital Hall in the School of Music wing of the MacLauren Building. Symposium Registration is $25 or $15 for students.

The symposium is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Goethe Institute of Vancouver. To register or find out more information, please contact William Kinderman at, (250) 721-7909, or Katherine Syer at Mailing address: School of Music, University of Victoria, P.O. Box 1700, Victoria, B.C., Canada, V8W 2Y2. Websites of the School of Music and the University of Victoria can be reached through

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