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Zemlinsky Lost and Found

Department of Music, Middlesex University, London, Wednesday 11 October 2006

Middlesex University hosts a one-day conference on the Austrian composer
Alexander Zemlinsky (1871-1942), followed by a concert featuring the UK
premiere of his recently-discovered Cello Sonata (c.1894).

'Zemlinsky can wait' was Schoenberg's backhanded compliment to his
erstwhile mentor. It is also a prophecy that is now much closer to being
fulfilled: Antony Beaumont's seminal study of Zemlinsky's life and music
(Faber, 2000) coincided with the release of recordings and scores of many
of his works; the rediscovery of the manuscript to the Cello Sonata is the
latest episode in the composer's revival. The day will end with a concert
that includes the UK premiere of the sonata, performed by Raphael
Wallfisch and John York.

The conference will explore issues connected to Zemlinsky's achievements
and modern revival, including, but not limited to: the reception of
Zemlinsky's works during his lifetime; the early chamber music; the
formative influence of his multicultural background; his relationships
with members of the Second Viennese School; and his legacy. Proceedings of
the conference will be published in 2007. Confirmed participants include
Antony Beaumont. Proposals for papers (lasting a maximum of 30 minutes)
are welcome. Please send a title and abstract (of no more than 250 words)
to or:

Dr Peter Fribbins
Department of Music
Middlesex University
Trent Park
Bramley Road
N14 4YZ
Deadline: Monday 3 July 2006
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