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The Mendelssohns at the Millennium
Bloomington, March 1997

ILLINOIS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY (Bloomington, Illinois) announces THE MENDELSSOHNS AT THE MILLENNIUM: FELIX MENDELSSOHN BARTHOLDY AND FANNY HENSEL AFTER 150 YEARS A four-day international conference dedicated to new scholarly and musical explorations of the lives and works of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Fanny Hensel in commemoration of the sesquicentennial of their deaths in 1847
DATES: 6-9 MARCH 1997 (Thurs.-Sun.) PLACE: Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington, Illinois) COMPONENTS: 1) Four concerts, featuring world premieres of twenty-four works by Felix Mendelssohn and Fanny Hensel 2) Twenty-two papers presented by international Mendelssohn/Hensel scholars from the U.S., France, Germany, Great Britain and Italy
PRESENTERS AND PAPER TOPICS: David Brodbeck (University of Pennsylvania): Brahms's Mendelssohn Camilla Cai (Kenyon College): Composing seen through a woman's lens: Texture in Hensel's and Mendelssohn's music Michael Cooper (Illinois Wesleyan University): Mendelssohn's "revision sickness" and the problem of the Fassung letzter Hand. Wolfgang Dinglinger (Freie UniversitĄt Berlin): Mendelssohn's "Reformation" Symphony, Op. 107: Further considerations concerning its program Christoph Hellmundt (SĄchsische Akademie der Wissenschaften Leipzig): "Indessen wollte ich mich bei Ihnen gern gefĄllig beweisen": On some occasional works, with an unknown composition by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Monika Hennemann (UniversitĄt Wiesbaden): Mendelssohn as dramatist: the operas Hans-GĀnter Klein (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin--Preussischer Kulturbesitz): The early works of Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Observations on differences and commonalities in the compositional development, as revealed in the extant autographs Friedhelm Krummacher (UniversitĄt Kiel): Mendelssohn and the generic tradition of the string quartet Wm. A. Little (University of Virginia): Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy as organist and his position in the European organ world of the first half of the nineteenth century Julie Prandi (Illinois Wesleyan University): Kindred spirits: Mendelssohn and Goethe, Die erste Walpurgisnacht Christian Martin Schmidt (Freie UniversitĄt Berlin): On the significance of the music for A Midsummer Night's Dream Thomas Schmidt-Beste (UniversitĄt Heidelberg): Just how "Scottish" is the "Scottish" Symphony? Thoughts on poetic content and form in Mendelssohn's Op. 56 Douglass Seaton (Florida State University): The cycles of Mendelssohn's songs Suzanne Summerville (University of Alaska at Fairbanks): Christmas eve, moon songs, and a shepherdess: Fanny Hensel's settings of texts by MĀller, HĒlty, and Florian FranÁoise Tillard (Paris): Fanny Hensel and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy as standards of a "bourgeois" perfection R. Larry Todd (Duke University): On stylistic commonalities in the music of Felix Mendelssohn and Fanny Hensel Peter Ward Jones (Bodleian Library, Oxford): Mendelssohn's first composition Ralf Wehner (SĄchsische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Leipzig): "It seems to have been lost": On lost and recovered Mendelssohn sources Marian Wilson (Cornell College): Childhood, domesticity, and patriarchy: Gender and the biography of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Pietro Zappal† (Universitŗ di Pavia): Between errors and variants: The compositional process of the young Mendelssohn as seen in selected works