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The Interaction of Poetry and Music

Greencastle, IN, February 2006

DePauw University is pleased to announce a symposium on "The Interaction
of Poetry and Music," on February 18, 2006.  The symposium is being held
in conjunction with Music of the 21st Century, an annual festival
celebrating contemporary composers.  Scholars from the fields of music and
literature are invited to submit paper proposals for this symposium.

Jake Heggie will be the featured composer at the festival. The composer of
the operas Dead Man Walking and The End of the Affair, Heggie has won
numerous awards and honors.  His songs and operas have been performed by
internationally celebrated artists such as Renée Fleming, Frederica von
Stade, and Bryn Terfel.  Previous composers honored at Music of the 21st
Century include George Crumb, Tanía León, and Augusta Read Thomas.  This
year's festival is spread over five days.  It will include student and
faculty performances of contemporary works, a lecture/performance by the
composer, and public masterclasses on composition and song performance led
by Jake Heggie.  A detailed schedule can be found at

The symposium will feature a keynote address by Deborah Stein. Dr. Stein
has published articles in music theory and musicology journals, and is
author of Hugo Wolf's Lieder and Extensions of Tonality. In 2004, Stein
published a chapter in A Rebecca Clarke Reader and edited and contributed
to a book, Engaging Music: Essays in Music Analysis. Her book Poetry Into
Song: Performance and Analysis of Lieder, coauthored with pianist Robert
Spillman, was named an Outstanding Academic Book of 1996 by Choice.

Proposed papers can be on any aspect of music and poetry in interaction.  
Topics may include analytical or theoretical studies from either
discipline, historical contexts, cognitive theory, or technical aspects of
composition.  Proposals should be submitted electronically by November 28,

Proposals should be no longer than three pages (including footnotes or
endnotes); they should be double-spaced and use a 12-point font. Proposals
should be anonymous and articulate clearly the paper's premise. Include a
cover letter listing the title of the paper, the author's name, with rank
and institutional affiliation (if applicable), and the author's address,
telephone number and email address. Please also list any technical
requirements (stereo, piano, computer, overhead projector, etc.) in the
cover letter.

Proposals should be submitted electronically as either a MS Word or .pdf
document email attachment to Please put "Symposium
2006" in the subject heading. 
A liberal arts college with one of the oldest Schools of Music in the
country, DePauw University is located in Greencastle, Indiana.

Scott Spiegelberg, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Music
DePauw University 
School of Music
+1-(765) 658-6691

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