Departmental Newsletter: November 2012

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November 7th, 2012

Special Notice: A New Center for Beethoven Research

At the recent AMS/SEM/SMT joint meeting in New Orleans, Professor Yudkin made the exciting and important announcement that Boston University is in the early stages of planning, with the support of the School of Music and the College of Fine Arts, a Center for Beethoven Research in the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology.  This will be the only such center devoted to serious Beethoven research at a major research university on the East Coast and affiliated with a well-established graduate research program in musicology.  The Center will be based on the eventual gift of the Beethoven library and research papers of Professor Lewis Lockwood, Fanny Peabody Research Professor of Music, Emeritus, at Harvard University and Distinguished Senior Scholar in the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at Boston University.

Beethoven research has gained greatly in impetus and visibility within the last two years.   A New Beethoven Research Group has been established in the United States; American relations with the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn have been revitalized; and capable young scholars have emerged, who are versed in the very latest technological and scholarly techniques.  Thus the Center for Beethoven Research at Boston University is poised to capitalize on a propitious moment in the international and scholarly world.

Eventual activities will include a regular conference series, visiting scholars, the digitization of the Lockwood Collection, Beethoven research workshops, workshops on performance practice, and a printed or online journal.  Looking a little further ahead, plans will start to unfold for the Department’s contributions to the world-wide events that will take place in 2020, the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

Discussions have already begun between the Department and representatives of the Beethoven Archive of the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany to organize collaboration and international teamwork between the Center and the Beethoven Archive.  For further information on the establishment of this new Center, please contact Professor Jeremy Yudkin at yudkinj@bu.edu.