C.P.E. Bach and Eighteenth-Century Keyboard Culture

A two-day conference organised by the University of Oxford Faculty of Music to be held on 29–30 November 2014

Programme: http://www.bate.ox.ac.uk/assets/files/CPE%20Bach%20conference%20schedule%20(29-30%20November).pdf

Keynote Speakers: Annette Richards (Cornell University) and Matthew Head (Kings’ College, London)

Recitalists: John Irving (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance) and David Gerrard (University of Edinburgh)

Bringing together scholars from the UK, Germany, and the USA, this celebratory conference aims not only to explore C. P. E. Bach’s music in relation to contemporaneous discourses on Affekt and feeling, character and expression, but also to examine the composer’s role in the development of what might be termed an eighteenth-century Austro-German culture of keyboard music.

The individual papers will thus cover a range of topics, including performativity and keyboard cadenzas; the relationship between C. P. E. Bach, Forkel, and Chinoiserie; and the idea of the keyboard as a vehicle for self-expression (particularly with regard to the artistic representation of pain). In short, we hope that this conference will contribute to the quest to shed light on C. P. E. Bach’s aesthetic and compositional voice.

The conference is planned to comprise ten individual papers (each of 30 minutes, consisting of 20-minute papers followed by 10 minutes of discussion), two keynote lectures (each of 45 minutes), a concluding roundtable discussion, and a short recital at the Holywell Music Room to bring the proceedings to a close.

Further details can be found here:  http://www.music.ox.ac.uk/cpeb/

Online booking can be found here: http://www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk/browse/product.asp?compid=1&modid=5&catid=190