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The Composers and Compositions of the Berlin Sing-Akademie
Memphis, TN, November 2003


Call for Papers and Performances

The Composers and Compositions of the Berlin Sing-Akademie

 
The Department of Music of Rhodes College invites proposals for papers and
performances for a Symposium on the Composers and Compositions of the Berlin
Sing-Akademie, 6-8 November 2003.  Founded in 1791 by Carl Friedrich Christian
Fasch, the Berlin Sing-Akademie was one of Germany's first bourgeois musical
institutions.  In addition to being responsible for the introduction to the Berlin
public of such new works as Mozart's Requiem and Mendelssohn's St. Paul, it was
also important in the development of a renewed interest in the music of Johann
Sebastian Bach.  In 1829, with Felix Mendelssohn conducting, it gave the first
performance since his death of Bach's St. Matthew Passion.  In 1999 the
Sing-Akademie's archive was rediscovered after more than half a century in Kiev,
Ukraine, where it had been deposited after its removal from Berlin by the invading
Soviet army in 1945.

This symposium will feature scholarly papers and roundtables on composers
associated with the Sing-Akademie (including, but not limited to C.F.C. Fasch,
members of the Bach family, Carl Friedrich Zelter, Felix Mendelssohn, and Fanny
Mendelssohn Hensel) and compositions related to the Sing-Akademie, as well as
performances of compositions by these and other composers.

The highlight of the symposium will be the keynote address by Christoph Wolff,
Adams University Professor at Harvard University, the musicologist who identified
the Sing-Akademie's archive in Kiev. Professor Wolff's address will be the Rhodes
College 2003 Springfield Lecture in Music.  A performance of the J.S. Bach
Magnificat and the C.P.E. Bach Magnificat by the Rhodes Singers, Rhodes
MasterSingers, soloists, and members of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra will also
be featured as part of the symposium.

Abstracts of papers appropriate for the symposium should be sent by mail or
(preferably) e-mail to Dr. Tim Watkins (watkinst@rhodes.edu), Department of Music,
Rhodes College, 2000 North Parkway, Memphis, TN 38112, USA.  Abstracts should be
no longer than 300 words and should indicate clearly the scope of research,
methodology, and conclusions of the paper, as well as the significance of the
conclusions.  Paper presentations should last no longer than twenty minutes.  
Papers dealing with archival research relating to the topic of the symposium are
particularly appropriate, although approaches using any scholarly methodology are
welcome.

Proposals for performances should be sent by mail or (preferably) e-mail to Dr.
Tim Sharp (sharp@rhodes.edu), Department of Music, Rhodes College, 2000 North
Parkway, Memphis, TN 38112, USA.  Proposals should include information on the
performing forces-including a brief bio-as well as the pieces to be performed.  
Proposals should be no longer than 300 words.  No tapes at this time, please.

The deadline for receipt of abstracts and performance proposals is 1 May.