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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