Artur Schnabel Conference
Berlin, September 2001
Call for Papers: Artur Schnabel Conference Berlin, September 7-9, 2001 The Akademie der Künste (Academy of Fine Arts), Berlin, has established an Artur Schnabel Archive that includes almost the entire estate of the pianist, composer, editor and teacher Artur Schnabel (1882-1951). At the same time, personal archives of all the artistic members of the Schnabel family have also been set up. Schnabel, who came from Vienna to Berlin in 1898 and stayed until the Nazis seized power in 1933, was one of the musical figures to make the city a leading music center during the first decades of the 20th century. Through his recordings and editions as well as several generations of students, the Schnabel tradition has been kept alive all over the world. Even today the unique blend of control and freedom that defines his art of interpretation is both exemplary and inspiring. Furthermore, it was Schnabel who expanded the standard repertoire to include the late sonatas by Schubert and introduced the cyclical performance of the 32 sonatas by Beethoven, a practice common today in larger music centers. Yet he was also active as composer of orchestral music, chamber music and Lieder -- an aspect of Schnabel's artistic legacy which through numerous new recordings has recently begun to arouse new interest in Europe and the USA. In addition to an Artur Schnabel exhibition which will be presented in Berlin from 2 September-14 October 2001 [as well as a series of concerts presenting compositions by Schnabel], the Stiftung Archiv der Akademie der Künste will be holding an international conference. The conference, which will be presented in cooperation with the Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung Preussischer Kulturbesitz, will take place from 7-9 September 2001. Scholars interested in reading a paper on Schnabel as interpreter, composer, editor and teacher, as well as on other artists in the Schnabel family, are asked to submit their proposals to the following address: Stiftung Archiv der Akademie der Künste, Musikarchiv, Robert-Koch-Platz 10, 10115 Berlin, Fax +49 30 30884 102 or by e-Mail under firstname.lastname@example.org.