Women and the 19th-Century Lied

Call for Papers

Women and the 19th-Century Lied

9–10 December 2011

Music Department

National University of Ireland, Maynooth

The names of such women composers as Fanny Hensel, Josephine Lang and Clara Schumann are becoming increasingly familiar to music students, performers and audiences. Through the study of these and other composers, we are constantly gaining a deeper understanding of women’s relationship to the 19th-century Lied. Worthy of inclusion in modern-day Lieder-recitals, many of these songs are as engaging as those composed by male composers. The aim of this event is to promote the study of song by women composers and women’s relationship to the Lied throughout the 19th-century by focussing on the following areas:

·        Women Lieder-composers and the poetry of their time

·        Analysis of women’s Lieder

·        Feminist readings of songs composed by women

·        Women’s songs and performance practice

·        Research on lesser-known women composers

·        Social and cultural contexts of Lieder by women

·        Reception histories women’s songs

·        Comparative studies of women’s Lieder

·        Songs by women and modern musical pedagogy

·        Art song by women outside Germany

The keynote lecture shall be delivered by the esteemed scholar of 19th-century music, Professor Harald Krebs of the University of Victoria. An open master-class shall be given by the Lieder expert Mary Brennan. It is hoped that the conference will appeal to academics and performers alike and encourage interchange between the fields. A plenary session shall attempt to assess the state of the field. Proposals for papers and lecture-recitals on the above topics are welcome. Presentations shall be twenty minutes followed by ten minutes for questions. Abstracts of c250 words, accompanied by a short cv, should be sent by Monday 9 May 2011 to:

Dr Aisling Kenny,

Department of Music,

National University of Ireland, Maynooth,


Co. Kildare,


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