Virtuosity and Innovation. Symposium on Piano Music of the Brilliant Style (ca. 1790–1840)

Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus–Senftenberg, Department of Instrumental and Vocal Pedagogy, 12–14 November 2021

The Department of Instrumental and Vocal Pedagogy at the Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus–Senftenberg is pleased to announce a symposium dealing with piano music from the transition between Viennese classicism and romanticism.

The piano works of Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837), Carl Czerny (1791-1857), Ignaz Moscheles (1794-1870) and others are by no means exhaustively defined by their attribution to a brilliant style – and thus to a phase of change in which the emerging virtuosity (not only) on the piano supposedly dominated over compositional innovation and poetic. A number of recent projects have already provided important impulses to help pianistes compositeurs / compositeurs pianistes in the period between Beethoven and Chopin and their works to gain an appropriate place within the musicological and music theoretical discourse.

The symposium wishes to continue and intensify this discourse, thereby deepening questions on aspects of musical analysis, aesthetics, music history, and performance practice. The keynote speaker will be Prof. Dr. Florian Edler (University of the Arts, Bremen). The symposium will be followed by concerts – performers will be Prof. Wolfgang Glemser/Veronika Glemser (Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus–Senftenberg) and Dr. Chanyapong Thongsawang (Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music Bangkok) – as well as masterclasses for students, which will hopefully result in numerous direct synergies.

The event will take place from the 12th – 14th of November 2021 at the Campus Sachsendorf, Lipezker Str. 47, DE 03048 Cottbus, building no. 7. If necessary, the event will be held online.

Please submit proposed titles of papers (20 min duration + 10 min discussion) as well as abstracts (max. 300 words) to:

Deadline for the submission of proposals is 30 July 2021. 

There will be no participation fee for the symposium. Travel and accommodation costs as well as costs for meals are to be covered by the participant. Conference languages are German and English. Further details and updates on the event can also be found at: