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From Pathétique to Tempest: Beethoven's Romantic Breakthrough

University of Leuven, March 23-34, 2006
Faculty of Arts, Erasmushuis Justus Lipsius Room, Blijde Inkomststraat 21, Leuven, BELGIUM

Presidents of the Conference: 
Prof. Dr. Pieter Berg‚ (University of Leuven)
Dr. Jeroen Dhoe (Lemmensinstituut Leuven) 
Prof. Dr. William Caplin (McGill University Montreal)

Reading Committee:
Prof. Dr. Pieter Berg‚ (University of Leuven)
Prof. Dr. Poundie Burstein (Hunter College New York)
Prof. Dr. William Caplin (McGill University Montreal)
Dr. Jeroen Dhoe (Lemmensinstituut Leuven) 
Prof. Dr. William Rothstein (Queens College New York)
Prof. Dr. Janet Schmalfeldt (Tufts University Massachusetts)

This two-day conference is entirely devoted to the analysis of Beethoven's
piano sonatas from the Sonate Path‚tique op.13 up to the three sonatas
op.31. All possible types of music analysis are welcomed, provided that
lectures explicitly link analytical topics to performance practice issues.  
Lectures will be grouped in relation to the works that are analysed,
encouraging the confrontation and comparison of different analytical
approaches. Therefore, contributors themselves are invited to organise
sessions, in which one single work, movement or fragment is investigated
from different analytical points of view.

Given the importance of the performance aspect of the lectures,
collaboration with performing artists is highly recommended. One modern
piano and one pianoforte will be at disposal at the conference. Lectures
may not exceed 25 minutes of reading. Other presentation forms, such as
lecture-performances, are warmly welcomed and may be longer (to be
determined per case). Contributors are urgently requested not to read
texts meant for scholarly publication, and to seriously consider the aural
attractiveness of their lectures. On the other hand, fully reworked,
written-out versions of the lectures will be considered for publication.

Abstracts (max. 500 words) must be sent by December 20th 2005, to both
Pieter Berg‚ ( and Jeroen Dhoe
( The conference program will be communicated to
all applicants by the end of January 2006. Please include the name of the
applicant, the name of the institution, e-mail-address, post address, and
phone number.

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