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 COVID-19 – Sadly we are very sorry to inform you that, due to a decree (DPCM of March, 4th 2020) of the Italian Government and the Prime Minister, all events in Italy (conferences, meetings, concerts, etc.) are suspended until April 3rd because of the spread of coronavirus. Unfortunately, it doesn’t depend on our will; we have tried to organise the conference until the last moment but this decree has suddenly stopped a year of work on the conference. That’s why the conference on Beethoven is re-scheduled to a date to be set in Autumn 2020. 

International Conference

Beethoven the European

Lucca, Complesso Monumentale di San Micheletto

Programme Pdf


9.30-10.00 Welcome and Registration

10.00-10.15 Opening

Fulvia Morabito (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)

Malcolm Miller (The Open University, UK)

Room 1: 10.30-11.30 Keynote Speaker 1: 

Barry Cooper (University of Manchester) 

Performing Beethoven’s Vocal Music in the 21th Century


11.30 Break Time

Room 1: 12.00-13.00 Keynote Speaker 2: 

William Kinderman (University of California, Los Angeles)

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony as a Disputed Symbol of Community: 

From Thomas Mann’s «Doktor Faustus» to the Brexiteers of 2019


13.00 Lunch

Room 1: 15.00-17.30 Relationship with France and England

(Chair: Malcolm Miller, The Open University, UK)

Frédéric de La Grandville (Université de Reims, CERHIC), «Qui êtes-vous, Monsieur Beethowen?» Curiosità ed entusiasmo al Conservatorio di Parigi già nel 1804

Temina Cadi Sulumuna (The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, Warsaw), Ludwig van Beethoven and His Works in The French Press of the First Half of the 19th Century 

David Hurwitz (Independent Scholar, Brooklyn, NY), Beethoven’s French Liturgical Organ Music — No, Really

Martin Kaltenecker (Université de Paris 7), French Reception of Beethoven in the 1870s: Heller, Gouvy, and Saint-Saëns

David Rowland (The Open University, UK), Further Light on Clementi’s 1807 Contract with Beethoven

Room 2: 15.00-17.30 Reception across Europe: Italy and Spain 

(Chair: Roberto Illiano, Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)

Benedetta Saglietti (Independent Scholar, Turin), Le Sinfonie di Beethoven all’Esposizione generale italiana di Torino del 1884 

Luigi Bellofatto (Independent Scholar, Milan), Le diverse edizioni delle musiche di Beethoven stampate in Italia nel xix secolo

Chiara Sintoni (Università di Pavia/Cremona – Università di Bologna), Ludwig van Beethoven and His Reception in Piano Methods of the First Half of the 19th Century 

María Encina Cortizo – Ramón Sobrino (Universidad de Oviedo), Reception of Beethoven’s Symphonic Music in Spain during the Second Half of the 19thCentury

José-Ignacio Suárez (Universidad de Oviedo), Reception of Beethoven at the Beginning of the 20th Century in a Spanish Town: León, a Case Study 

Room 1: 17.30-18.15: Book Presentation

William Kinderman, Beethoven: A Political Artist in Revolutionary Times, University of Chicago Press, 2020



Room 1: 9.30-11.00 Politics and Ideology

(Chair: William Kinderman, University of California, Los Angeles)

Peter Tregear – Michael Christoforidis (Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne), Beethoven, the Congress of Verona and the Concert of Europe in 1822/1823

 Sanna Iitti (Independent Scholar, Helsinki), Patriotism and Islam in Beethoven’s «Die Ruinen von Athen», Op. 113, and «König Stephan», Op. 117 

Béatrice Cadrin (Université de Montréal), The ‘Eroica’ Symphony: A Visiting Card with a Message


11.00 Break Time


Marica Filomena Coppola (Università di Roma ‘La Sapienza’), La mentalità della Rivoluzione Francese nel Concerto per violino e orchestra Op. 61 di Ludwig van Beethoven

Tobias Hermans (Ghent University), Wandering Letters: Staging National Identity in Beethoven’s Letters 

David B. Dennis (Loyola University Chicago), Beethoven’s 100th «Todestag» in 1927: Ideological Battles over the Composer and his Music in Weimar Political Culture

Room 2: 9.30-11.00 Aesthetics and Stylistic Issues

(Chair: Fulvia Morabito, Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)

Kıvılcım Yıldız (Istanbul Kültür Üniversity), Beethoven and Adorno: «Issues Surrounding Adorno’s Methods of Describing Beethoven’s Late Style»

Lorenzo De Donato (Università Statale di Milano), Heroism and Hereticism in Beethoven’s Aesthetics

Elisa Grossato (Università di Verona), Presenza della cultura europea nella produzione beethoveniana


11.00 Break Time


Angelika Moths (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis / Universität Zürich), How the Polonaise Became French

Laura Erel (Durham University), «From Today on I Will Take a New Path»: Real-time Investigation of Beethoven’s Stylistic Transformation using Musical Puzzles

Peng Du (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL), The Whimsical Character in Beethoven’s Piano Variations WoO 73


13.00 Lunch

Room 1: 15.00-16.30 Analyses 

(Chair: Barry Cooper, University of Manchester)

Christian Speck (Universität Koblenz-Landau), «Harmoniemusik» in the Dance Movements of Beethoven’s Symphonies

Ned Kellenberger (Illinois College, Springfield), The Solo Part of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, Op. 61: A Reevaluation 

Brian Gaona (Independent Scholar, Naperville, IL), The Esoteric Background of the String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Opus 131 


16.30 Break Time


Malcolm Miller (The Open University, UK), Beethoven’s Registral Structures and Strategies of Transcendence in the Late Piano Sonatas

Stefano Mengozzi (University of Michigan), Beethoven’s Path to Moral Freedom: The Representation of the Super-Sensuous in the ‘Pathétique’ Sonata

Arabella Pare (Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe), Beethoven as a Transnational Composer: «Straßenmusik», «Verbunkos», and the Trio Op. 11 ‘Gassenhauer’ 



Room 1: 9.00-10.00 Dance 

 (Chair: William Kinderman, University of California, Los Angeles)

Eftychia Papanikolaou (Bowling Green State University), Choreographing the Seventh Symphony 

Stephanie Schroedter (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg), Choreomusical Translations – Beethoven in Dance 

10.00-11.30 Influence, Heritage and Myth 

Imre Kovács (Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest), Bestowing the Beethovenian Musical Heritage: Liszt. The «Weihekuss» Reconsidered

Susan Cooper (Independent Scholar, Manchester), The Influence and Importance of Horace for Beethoven and His Circle

Luzia Aurora Rocha (CESEM /NOVA University, Lisbon), Beethoven in Private/Public Art Collections – Enthusiasm, Hysteria and Fate of the ‘Beethoven Vase’

11.30-13.00 Beyond European Boundaries: America and Asia

(Chair: Malcolm Miller, The Open University, UK)

Alison Minkus (Independent Scholar, Edmonton, AB, Canada), Revolutionary and Master: Beethoven’s Reception and Reflection at the New York Philharmonic 

Marita Fornaro Bordolli (Universidad de la República, Uruguay), Beethoven, Kleiber and the Homeland Hero: Episodes of Their Reception in South America

Mai Koshikakezawa (Tokyo University of the Arts), Beethoven’s Piano Music in Japan


13.00 Lunch


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