New Beethoven Research Conference

beethovenNovember 6-7, 2013
Pittsburgh, PA
Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown

“New Beethoven Research,” third fall conference, Pittsburgh, November 6-7, 2013  (morning only on Nov. 7).  This pre-AMS meeting will be held at the same hotel (Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown) as the national meeting, directly before that conference.

REGISTRATION is now OPEN. Please click link below.

Conference Registration Form

Conference Schedule

Session I: Sources (William Meredith, The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, SJSU; The American Beethoven Society)
Wednesday, November 6
9:00am – noon

Federica Rovelli (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Beethoven Archive, Bonn)
    “Some Preliminary Considerations on the Publication of the Scheide Sketchbook”

Julia Ronge (Beethoven Archive, Bonn)
    “Beethoven’s Excerpts from Musical Theoretical Writings – Likely Motivations”

Frédéric Döhl (Free University, Berlin)
    “On Beethoven’s Performance Instruction to Wellington’s Sieg

Session II: Historical Perspectives (Joanna Biermann, University of Alabama, Chair)
Wednesday, November 6
2:00 – 5:00

Theodore Albrecht (Kent State University)
    “Time, Distance, Weather, and Daily Routine as Factors in Beethoven’s Conversation     Books”

Michael Allen Warner (University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign)
    “Caspar Anton Carl van Beethoven: Filcher or Fall Guy?”

James Parsons (Missouri State University)
    “Once more Beethoven and Schiller:  the Choral Fantasy’s Philosophical Program”

Session III: Analysis (William Kinderman, University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign, chair); Keynote Address; NBR4
Thursday, November 7
9:00 – noon

Steven Cannon (University of Saskatchewan)
    “Intensified Recapitulations in Beethoven’s Symphonies”

Andrew Moylan (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
    “Beethoven’s E Minor Mood”

Keynote Address: Richard Kramer (Graduate Center: City University of New York)
    “Beethoven, Reading”

Announcement and Discussion: NBR4, Bonn, Germany, September 10-12, 2014

Sponsors: University of Alabama, University of Illinois, American Beethoven Society

Call for Proposals

Deadline for abstract submissions: June 1, 2013.

Beethoven scholars, including musicologists, theorists, and performers, are invited to submit proposals (one per author) for individual papers, lecture/demonstrations, or lecture/performances.  Papers and presentations should not exceed 30 minutes. Ten minutes will be allotted for questions and discussion following the papers and presentations.

Papers and other presentations that will be included in the program of the Pittsburgh national AMS meeting may not also be given at the pre-conference.

1) For paper proposals: submit proposed abstract (350-400 words), and affiliation or status as independent scholar. Paper proposals should articulate the main aspects of the work clearly, position the work in reference to earlier work, and describe the work’s significance.
2) For Lecture/Demonstrations: submit proposed abstract (limit 400 words), affiliation or status as independent scholar/performer(s), recording of proposed demonstration, and technical requirements. 3) For Lecture/Performances: submit proposed abstract (limit 400 words), title of work, name/affiliation or status as independent scholar, length of work, and program notes.

For all proposals, please indicate your keyboard and technical requirements.

Abstracts are to be submitted as an email attachment in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF to:  levy at

For more information, please contact levy at A conference website is forthcoming and will be announced.

This conference organizers are Joanna Biermann (UA), William Kinderman (UIUC), David Levy (Wake Forest University), and William Meredith (American Beethoven Society, Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies and San Jose State University).