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New Paths: Robert Schumann, 1848-1856
Voies nouvelles: Robert Schumann, 1848-1856

Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal, September 22-24, 2006

150 years after his death, Robert Schumann's late works remain on the
fringes of the concert repertoire and of current musicological
scholarship. This three-day international conference aims to break "new
paths" -- to borrow the title of the composer's last, famous review about
new musical trends -- in the understanding of his music from the period
1848-56. Paper proposals reassessing the "problems" of late Schumann and
suggesting fresh avenues of approach to a wide range of historical and
interpretative questions are invited. Issues for discussion include
continuing anxiety over the role biography plays in our understanding of
an artist's output, particularly the effect Schumann's mental illness has
had on the interpretation of his music. The late works are generally
thought to have declined in quality and creative inventiveness, but their
distinctiveness may actually have been the result of changes in Schumann's
aesthetic-compositional beliefs and style. It is hoped that conference
speakers will present fresh models of understanding that draw on current
analytic and hermeneutic approaches as well on the works themselves.

Schumann also needs to be considered in historical context, especially in
terms of the reception of the late works before and after his death. The
effects of the 1848-9 revolutions on his attitudes towards contemporary
politics and society deserve close attention; for example, he remained
engaged with art and literature after the revolutions and his late works
need to be considered in light of 1850s nationalism and sentimentalism.
His relationships with other composers -- from Brahms to Wagner, Liszt and
Meyerbeer -- also have to be taken into account. Schumann's posthumous
reputation fluctuated considerably through the nineteenth and twentieth
centuries; by gaining a more nuanced appreciation of how and why such
fluctuations came about, we can begin to work out what direction the path
of scholarship on his late works should take today.

The conference will take place at McGill University's Schulich School of
Music, Montreal, Canada, September 22-24, 2006. The keynote speaker will
be Scott Burnham (Princeton University). Invited speakers include Celia
Applegate (University of Rochester), William Benjamin (University of
British Columbia), Jon Finson (University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill), Harald Krebs (University of Victoria), Ulrich Mahlert (Universität
der Künste, Berlin, Germany), and Nicholas Marston (University of
Cambridge, England).

Preliminary Programme / Programme provisoire 

Friday, September 22, 2006

4-4.15 pm R. Kok (McGill), L. Tunbridge (U. Manchester): Welcome 

4.20-5.40 New Paths, Chair: Delphine Mordey (U. Cambridge) 

L. Tunbridge (U. Manchester), "Schumann and the Art of Failure"
U. Mahlert (UdK-Berlin), "Sechs Gesänge Op. 107 arranged by Aribert

7 Pre-concert Lecture: Connecting with the Past, S. Gutsche-Miller

7.30 Opening Faculty Friday Concert 
R. Schumann, Fantasiestuecke Op. 73 
G. Lord, clarinet/ M. Karlicek, piano 

R. Schumann, Märchenerzählungen Op. 132 
G. Kurtág, Hommage à R. Sch. 
G. Lord, clarinet/ A. Carter, viola/ M. Karlicek, piano 

R. Schumann, Violin Sonata No. 2 in d minor 
Richard Roberts, concertmaster, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, violin 
Kyoko Hashimoto, Associate Professor, piano  

Saturday, September 23, 2006

9-10.30 am Re-analyzing Schumann, Chair: Julie Hedges-Brown (Oberlin) 

H. Krebs (U. Victoria), "Meter and Expression in Schumann's Op. 90" 
W. Benjamin (UBC), "Hypermetric Dissonance in Schumann's Late Works"  

10.40-11.20 C. Applegate (U. Rochester),"Schumann vs. Meyerbeer:
Cosmopolitanism and the German Musical Nation" 

11.20- 11.40 Break 

11.40-1.00pm Sacred Discourses, Chair: Remi Chiu (McGill) 
E. Papanikoloau (Miami U.), "The Religious Impulse in Schumann's Dramatic
Settings of Goethe"
W. Kreyszig (U. Saskatchewan), "Revealing a New Aesthetic in Schumann's
Missa sacra op. 147 (1852)"

1.00-2.00 Lunch Break 

2.00-3.20 Literary-Musical Narratives, Chair: Erika Reiman (Brock U.) 
S. Delannoy (U. Jean Monnet), "Incidence du Märchen sur l'énonciation
musicale des derniers opus instrumentaux (1849-1853) de Robert Schumann"
S. Reichwald (Converse College), "'Cheap Grace or True Revelations?' New
Paths in Schumann's Op. 63 and Mendelssohn's Op. 66"

3.20-4.00 Break 

4.00-5.30 Keynote, S. Burnham (Princeton), "Late Styles" 

7.00 Pre-concert talk by Richard Turp  

7.30 Société André Turp Concert 
R. Schumann, Myrthen, Op. 25 
R. Schumann, Duets, Opp. 43 and 78 
R. Schumann, Two Ballades, Op. 122
Martha Guth, soprano; Tyler Duncan, baritone; Erika Switzer, piano  

Sunday, September 24, 2006

9.30-10.50 am Community Connections, Chair: Francois de Medicis
J. Deaville (Carleton U.), "Schumann and the Leipzig
O. Noh (U. Saskatchewan), "Schumann as Prophet: A New Type of Cadenza"  

10.50-11.10 Break 

11.15-12 pm  J. Finson (UNC-CH), "Schumann's Poems of Queen Mary Stuart
and European Sentimentality at Mid-Century"

12-1.20  Visualizing Drama, Chair: Elizabeth Blackwood (McGill) 
N. Marston (U. Cambridge), "Scene and Heard: Raphael, Schumann, Faust" 
E. Wright (CUNY), "Schumanm's Genoveva and the Search for German Opera"  

Prof. Roe-Min Kok		Dr Laura Tunbridge 
McGill University		Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama
Schulich School of Music	University of Manchester
555 Sherbrooke St. W.		Coupland Street
Montreal, H3A 1E3		Manchester
Quebec, Canada			M13 9PL

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