“Performing Clara Schumann” Conference at Cornell University, November 16-17, 2019

Performing Clara Schumann: Keyboard Legacies and Feminine Identities in the Long Romantic Tradition

To celebrate the bicentennial of Clara Schumann (neé Wieck)’s birth, the conference “Performing Clara Schumann,” held November 16-17 at Cornell University, will explore a myriad of interpretive opportunities for understanding the historical and cultural milieu surrounding the virtuosa’s life and work. We are particularly interested in feminist contemplations of keyboard legacies from Clara Schumann’s time to our own, and we will accept proposals for the following topics:

  • Clara Schumann’s pianism and her engagements with piano techniques, methods, and schools of thought
  • Clara Schumann’s transcriptions and allusive works
  • Clara Schumann and musical friendship
  • Historically informed and/or carnal musicological approaches to analyzing Clara Schumann’s works
  • Clara Schumann’s improvisational networks and dialogic musicking
  • Clara Schumann as concert virtuoso/ her impact on the history of female virtuoso performance
  • Clara Schumann within the canon: the “priestess” legacy and issues of historiographical normativity
  • Clara Schumann and musical institutions: contemplating the long Romantic conservatory tradition (19th-21st centuries)
  • Clara Schumann and the legacy of memory: historic portraits

The conference committee accepts the following formats:

  • Individual papers (20 min long, 10 min discussion)
  • Lecture-recitals (45 min long, 15 min discussion)

Abstracts, either for individual papers or lecture-recitals, should be no longer than 300 words and should include a broad overview of your topic and methodology, including repertoire considered, if and when appropriate. Graduate students and early-career scholars are encouraged to apply.

Most lectures and concerts will take place in Barnes Hall and Lincoln B20 at Cornell University, and standard presentation equipment will be available. Participants are also encouraged to make use of the broad range of instruments provided by the Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards.

Please format proposals as Word or Pages documents. Also include your name, institutional affiliation, and short 200-word biography only in the body of the email, submitting all materials to Theodora Serbanescu-Martin at ts776@cornell.edu by September 15, 2019.