Bach on Screen

Call for papers/articles: Bach on Screen
Date: Sunday, February 18, 2018
Venue: Baldwin Wallace University
Submission deadline: October 1, 2017

Baldwin Wallace University is pleased to announce a conference entitled “Bach on Screen,” the proceedings of which will be published in the January 2019 issue of BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute. This issue will be co-edited by the journal editor, Dr. Christina Fuhrmann, and Dr. Rebecca Fülöp.

We welcome papers on any topic relating to Bach and music for film, television, video games, commercials, or any other screen media. From Fantasia to Hannibal Lecter to American Express, the use of Bach’s music in narrative and non-narrative media challenges longstanding assumptions of the dominance of “Romantic” musical language in film. “Bach on Screen” aims to build on both Bach studies and music and media studies by demonstrating a diversity of methodological and disciplinary perspectives.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Use of Bach in cinematic depictions of madness or evil
  • Irony and humor in uses of Bach on screen
  • Bach and the classical topic in depictions of “high art”
  • Bach biopics
  • Bach in musician biopics
  • Bach, Baroque form, and cinematic narrative
  • Bach and historical performance on screen
  • Bach in video game music
  • Bach in advertising
  • Bach in educational programming

Submission guidelines:
To be considered, please submit a 300-word abstract and 100-word biography to Dr. Christina Fuhrmann at by October 1, 2017. Please do not include your name or any other identifying information in the abstract document. Presenters will be notified by October 31, 2017. Those accepted will be asked to present their work at the February 18, 2018 conference and then submit their completed articles for the special journal issue by July 1, 2018.Questions regarding the CFP, conference, or journal issue may be sent to Christina Fuhrmann at or Rebecca Fülöp at