Beethoven and Rossini: Crossing Musical Cultures

23 May 2008 - 25 May 2008

CRASSH

Deadline for Registration: 16 May 2008 

 

Convenor:  Benjamin Walton (University of Cambridge)

This conference intends to get to the root of the musicological discipline’s construction of nineteenth-century music, seeking ways to deconstruct and transcend the foundational intellectual framework inferred from the Beethoven-Rossini opposition. It encourages leading specialists from the worlds of Italian opera and German instrumental music to engage in cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary exchanges at various levels of scholarly inquiry—historiography, reception history, and music analysis—while posing a number of questions about the assumptions and methods of historical musicology today. Is it any longer desirable or productive to portray Beethoven as the personification of a ‘governing paradigm’, or does this critique actually exaggerate the unassailability and coherence of Beethovenian ideas? Does our conception of this governing paradigm serve to suppress aspects of Beethoven’s oeuvre that might be considered un-Beethovenian, or even Rossinian? Now that the once-marginal field of opera studies has been fully incorporated into the discipline of musicology—even supplying it with its most potent critical paradigms—in what ways can opera specialists move beyond the critique of Beethovenian models of authorship and the work in order to construct alternative ‘Rossinian’ conceptions of the musical text and the composer’s relation to it? Could scholars revise our discipline’s perception of the relationship between Rossini and Beethoven by re-examining historical evidence and contemporary critical reception? How might analysis draw parallels between Beethoven’s and Rossini’s supposedly antithetical compositional procedures? In short, this conference asks how musicologists might bring the ostensibly separate aesthetic cultures of Beethoven and Rossini—German and Italian, operatic and symphonic, authorial and performative—into productive dialogue.

Confirmed speakers include:

Yael Braunschweig (University of California, Berkeley)
Scott Burnham (Princeton University)
Suzannah Clark (University of Oxford)
Martin Deasy (University of Cambridge)
John Deathridge (King's College London)
Dana Gooley (Brown University)
Matthew Head (King's College, London)
James Hepokoski (Yale University)
Gundula Kreuzer (Yale University)
Nicholas Mathew (University of California, Berkeley)
Roger Parker (King's College London)
Stephen Rumph (University of Washington)
Emanuele Senici (University of Rome)
Mary Ann Smart (University of California, Berkeley)
Richard Taruskin (University of California, Berkeley)
Benjamin Walton (University of Cambridge)
James Webster (Cornell University)
Richard Will (University of  Virginia)

Registration

You can register and pay online using the links on this page. 

Sponsors:
British Academy
CRASSH
Music and Letters Trust
Royal Musical Association 

 

Beethoven and Rossini: Crossing Musical Cultures

Location : CRASSH Date : 23-25 May 2008

Friday 23 May

 

12.45-1.15

Registration

1.15-1.30

Welcome and Introduction

Benjamin Walton and Nicholas Mathew 

1.30-3.45

Historiographies

James Webster (Cornell University)
Beethoven, Rossini - and Others?

James Hepokoski (Yale University)
Text and Event in the Beethoven-Rossini Stildualismus

Gundula Kreuzer (Yale University) "Twin Styles" and"Holy Musical Trinity": The Loss of France in Nineteenth-Century German Music Historiography

3.45-4.15

Tea/Coffee

4.15-5.45

Analysis and Reception I

Nicholas Mathew (University of California, Berkeley) The Presence of Beethoven and Rossini: On Being There in 1824

Dana Gooley (Brown University)
Stormy Weather: Virtuosity Between the Twin Styles

 

7.30 

Quartet Concert, West Road Concert Hall, Faculty of Music
The Badke Quartet (tickets £4 for conference delegates) 

Saturday 24 May

 

9.00-11.15

Histories I

Mary Ann Smart (University of California, Berkeley)
Prometheus Crosses the Alps: Beethoven, Salvatore Viganò and Romantic Titanism

Emanuele Senici (University of Rome, La Sapienza)
Repetition, Theatricality, and Italian Modernity

Martin Deasy (University of Cambridge)Encounters with Beethoven: Carlo Soliva's Milanese Career

 

11.15-11.45

Tea/Coffee

11.45-1.15

Analysis and Reception II

Matthew Head (King's College, London) "Twin Styles" Conjoined: the Theatrics of Contemplation in Beethoven's Piano Music

Richard Will (Virginia University)
Beethoven Lover

 

 

1.15-2.15

Lunch 

2.15-3.45

Philosophies

Yael Braunschweig (University of California,  Berkeley)
Schopenhauer and Rossinian Universality: On the Italianate in Schopenhauer's Metaphysics of Music

Stephen Rumph (University of Washington, Seattle)
Beethoven, Rossini, and the Idea of Absolute Language

3.45-4.15 

Tea/coffee

4.15-5.45 

Analysis and Reception III

Suzannah Clark (University of Oxford)
Beethoven and Rossini in the Reception of Schubert

Scott Burnham (Princeton University)
Making Overtures

 

7.30 

Conference dinner for speakers at Jesus College 

 

Sunday 25 May

 

9.00 - 11.15

Histories II

John Deathridge (King's College, London)The Lives and Afterlives of Beethoven and Rossini in the Early Nineteenth Century

Benjamin Walton (University of Cambridge)
Rara avis or fozy turnip: Rossini as celebrity in 1820s London

Roger Parker (King's College, London)
Twin Styles in 1830s London: "the form and order of a perspicuous unity

 

11.15-11.30

Tea/Coffee

11.30-12.15

Richard Taruskin (University of California, Berkeley)

Summation and Closing Discussion