Celebrating Haydn: His Times and Legacy


An international conference to commemorate the bicentenary
of Joseph Haydn's death

Dates: August 6-9, 2009
Location: York University, Toronto, Canada

This interdisciplinary conference will create an opportunity to
celebrate the music of Joseph Haydn and to reflect on his legacy,
influence, and reception over the past two hundred years. With a
prodigious output in all of the Classical era's main genres, Haydn has
been the focus of much serious scholarship throughout his life and
continuing until the present day. While there is already a wealth of
extant research, the opportunity still exists to consider Haydn's
music and its reception even further. This conference will provide a
forum for both internationally renowned Haydn scholars as well as
emerging scholars to share their research in a lively and dynamic
environment. As this is an interdisciplinary conference, the
organizers welcome paper proposals from a wide range of disciplines
including, but not limited to, musicology, performance practice,
theatre and dance history, drama, and literature.

The programme for the conference will include evening concerts
featuring the Penderecki String Quartet as well as fortepianist
Malcolm Bilson. There will be four plenary speakers including James
Webster (Goldwin Smith Professor of Music, Cornell University), Julian
Rushton (Professor Emeritus, University of Leeds), Elaine Sisman (Anne
Parsons Bender Professor of Music, Columbia University), and Sigrid
T'Hooft (dramaturg, choreographer-stage director, International Opera
Foundation Eszterháza, Belgium), as well as a Roundtable, and 96
conference papers. A banquet and off-campus events are also being

Scholars and performers are cordially invited to submit 250-word
abstracts for papers or proposals for lecture-recitals for review by
the programme committee to
haydnconference@brocku.ca . Conference
papers of 25 minutes and 50-minute lecture-recitals will be followed
by a 5-minute discussion period. Deadline for submission of
proposals: Oct. 1, 2008. The official languages of the conference
are English and French.

The conference organizers, Patricia Debly (Brock University) and
Dorothy de Val (York University), look forward to welcoming you to
this conference in August 2009.

For further information and conference updates, please see the
conference website:

'Celebrating Haydn: his Times and Legacy' has been approved to be one
of the official sponsored events to celebrate York University's 50th