Bach Symposium 2001

"Understanding Bach through Science, Art and Criticism"

Tureck Bach Research Foundation

Faculty of Music, University of Oxford

The Oxford Philomusica

Draft Programme

Monday, 17 December 2001

Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street, Oxford

9.00 am: Registration

9. 30 am -12.45 pm: Symposium Session A

Bach Scholarship and Criticism Today

Opening Lecture

Prof. Christoph Wolff (Department of Music, Harvard University):

"Bach’s Music and Newtonian Science: Historical Observations and Analytical Explanations"


Prof. Ruth HaCohen (Department of Musicology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem):

"Exploring the Limits: The tonal, the Gestural, and the Allegorical in Bach’s Musical Offering"

Prof. Joshua Rifkin (Cambridge/MA): title tba

Andrew Stewart (Chorus Master, The Oxford Philomusica):

"Big boys do cry: The lachrymose in J.S. Bach "

Prof. John Butt (University of Glasgow):

"Bach, the Postmodern Mindset and Scholarship Today"


2.00 – 5.15 pm: Symposium Session B

Structural and Analytical Approaches

Prof. Dalia Cohen (Department of Musicology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem):

"Bach: Forerunner of the Future through Exploration of the Potential of Learned and Natural Schemata"

Prof. Dr. Frans Oort (Mathematisch Instituut, Utrecht University):

"An Aspect of Harmony in the Music of J. S. Bach"

Dr Ruth Tatlow (Honorary Research Fellow, Reading University):

"The Use and Abuse of the Divine Proportion, Golden Section and Fibonacci Series in Bach’s Music"

Prof. David Epstein (Massachusetts Institute of Technology):

(on Bach and proportions; title tba)

Prof. Harai Golomb (Faculty of Arts, Tel-Aviv University, Israel):

"Bach’s Musical Complexity Viewed from a Literary Perspective"


Faculty of Music, St Aldate’s, Oxford

5.30 pm: Reception and drinks

Keynote Address by Dr Rosalyn Tureck (transmission)



Monday, 17 December 2001

Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, 8 pm:

Johann Sebastian Bach

Christmas Oratorio(Cantatas 1, 2, 3 and 6)

The Oxford Philomusica Orchestra and Chorus

Conductor: Marios Papadopoulos; Chorus Master: Andrew Stewart





Tuesday, 18 December 2001

Holywell Music Room

9.00 am – 12.45 pm: Symposium Session C

Performance and Cognitive Science

Dr Ian Cross (Faculty of Music, Cambridge University):

"Bach in Mind"

Dr Geraint A. Wiggins (Department of Computing, City University, London)

(on computers and Bach, title tba)


Prof. Eric F. Clarke (Department of Music, University of Sheffield):

"Empirical approaches to the study of (Bach) performance"

Dr Marios Papadopoulos (Music Director, The Oxford Philomusica):

"Motion in Music: Perspectives of Movement and Time in Musical Interpretation"

Angela Hewitt (London):

"Bach and the Dance"


Wadham College, Oxford, 1.30 pm:

Conference lunch for panelists and audience









For information and booking forms, please contact:

Reinhard Strohm, Bach Symposium 2001

Faculty of Music, St Aldate’s, Oxford OX1 1DB

tel. +44-1865-276137; fax +44-1865-276128

Website of the TBRF (downloadable booking forms):