Beyond Notation: An Earle Brown Symposium


Northeastern University

Boston, MA

January 18-19, 2013

The Department of Music at Northeastern University with support from
the Earle Brown Music Foundation will host a symposium on the music of
Earle Brown (1926-2002). Keynote addresses will be given by Richard
Toop (Sydney Conservatorium) and Kyle Gann (Bard College), with
concerts by the Callithumpian Consort directed by Stephen Drury and
Boston Modern Orchestra Project directed by Gil Rose. Other featured
speakers include Susan Sollins-Brown (President, Earle Brown Music
Foundation), Carolyn Brown (Merce Cunningham Dance Company), and
Thomas Fichter (Director, Earle Brown Music Foundation). Brown’s sound
installations Wikiup (1979) and Music for Galerie Stadler (1964) will
also be on special exhibit. We invite proposals for papers and
lecture-demonstrations of either twenty or forty minutes in duration.
Topics for consideration include:

–The performance practice of open form works
–Works from the 1970s onward
–Works involving electroacoustics
–Analysis of works for large orchestra
–Analysis of early works
— Brown as conductor
— Brown as composition teacher
— Brown as record producer and/or concert curator
— Brown and Europe
— Brown and popular music
— Brown and New England
–The influences of the jazz tradition and the American experimental tradition
–Cross-disciplinary analyses of works related to or influenced by the
visual arts, science, math, or philosophy

The symposium also highlights several recent developments in Earle
Brown research. In 2007, Edition Peters became the publisher of a new
revised edition of Brown’s scores prepared by the Earle Brown Music
Foundation, making available an unprecedented number of the composer’s
approximately 50 works, some of them for the first time. In March
2012, the Foundation completed a digital re-issue of the 18
historic albums Brown curated and produced as the “Contemporary Sound
Series” for Time-Mainstream Records between 1961 and 1973, now
published and distributed as a 6-volume CD series by Wergo. For the
2013 Symposium, the Foundation has launched a descriptive inventory of
the Earle Brown Papers detailing its extensive archival holdings of
original manuscripts, sketches, unpublished works, correspondence,
audio and visual media, and personal memorabilia.

We will award several research stipends for presenters to travel and
study materials at the Earle Brown Archive in Rye, NY. Interested
applicants must complete an application form through the symposium web
site, which includes the official Call for Papers and further details:

Submit proposals to Rebecca Y. Kim ( by May 15 with
name, email address, and institutional affiliation with a PDF or Word
attachment containing a title and abstract of up to 350 words.
Indicate whether you are proposing a 20- or 40-minute presentation and
technical equipment required. Notification of accepted papers and
stipend awards will be sent by June 15. Select papers will be
considered for publication in a collection of essays.

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