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4. - 6. November 2020

Beethoven and the Piano: Philology, Context and Performance Practice

Conference in Lugano, Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana

Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 November 2020

Organised by the Bern University of the Arts (HKB) and the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano

With the scientific support of the Beethoven-Haus, Bonn, and of the Italian Musicological Society Conference website: www.hkb-interpretation.ch/beethoven2020

Keynote speakers

Christine Siegert (Beethoven-Archiv, Bonn)
Barry Cooper (University of Manchester)
Tom Beghin (Orpheus Instituut, Gent)
Clive Brown (professor emeritus, University of Leeds)
Michael Ladenburger (former head of the museum and custodian of the collections, Beethoven-Haus, Bonn)


The conference-festival on Beethoven’s keyboard music and its historically informed performing practice will take place as part of the celebrations for the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth. The lectures will focus on three main topics:

  1. philology (examination of printed editions, manuscripts,sketches)
  2. context (organology, contemporary reception, publishing market)
  3. and most importantly, contemporary performing practice (relationship between notation and performing practice, dynamics, pedalling, metronome marks, rhythmic flexibility, embellishments, improvisation, etc.).

Proposals discussing these topics are welcome. Papers should not be longer than 20 minutes (followed by 10 minutes for discussion). The official language for the conference is English. Submissions should include title, an abstract of 250 words, your name and academic affiliation, your CV and contact information.

Please email your abstract to Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! by 15 September 2019.

Papers will be anonymized before selection.

The members of the abstract selection committee are: Claudio Bacciagaluppi (HKB), Leonardo Miucci (CSI/Italian Musicological Society), Christine Siegert (Beethoven-Haus, Bonn) and Martin Skamletz (HKB). Confirmation of accepted papers will be announced by 15 October 2019.