Celebrating Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) and H. C. Robbins Landon at Boston University

in BU In the Community, College of Fine Arts, News Releases
September 25th, 2009

Contact: Jean Connaughton, 617-353-7293 | jeanconn@bu.edu
Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – The School of Music in the College of Fine Arts, the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center and Marsh Chapel, will host an international conference entitled “Perspectives on Haydn Scholarship in Celebration of H. C. Robbins Landon” on October 1-2, 2009. This conference is dedicated to the extensive and pioneering work on the composer by the great Haydn scholar and BU alumnus, H. C. Robbins Landon. The conference will begin on October 1 with a keynote lecture by long-time Landon acquaintance and collaborator, Dr. Otto Biba of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna, followed by a performance of Haydn’s Mariazellermesse—parts of which were discovered by Landon himself—by the Cambridge Concentus conducted by Joshua Rifkin at Marsh Chapel. This conference on October 2, featuring many noted Haydn specialists, will also mark the opening of a new exhibition: “Celebrating Joseph Haydn and His Champion, H.C. Robbins Landon: A Retrospective Exhibition of their Manuscripts,” including rare 18th-century materials related to Haydn that are part of Landon’s generous donation to the Howard Gotlieb Archive. All conference events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.bu.edu/cfa/haydn.

Conference Details

Thursday, October 1
Metcalf Trustee Center, One Silber Way, 9th Floor
 4 pm – Introduction and Welcome by Victor Coelho, Professor of Music & Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and a screening of “Haydn’s Champion: H.C. Robbins Landon,” a film by Tony Hill
 4:15 pm – Keynote lecture: Otto Biba (Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Vienna): “Celebrating Haydn and Landon”
 5:30-6 pm – Reception
Marsh Chapel
 8 pm – Performance of Haydn’s Mariazellermesse, with the Cambridge Concentus, conducted by Joshua Rifkin.

Friday, October 2
Mugar Memorial Library, Roosevelt Room
 9 am-12:30 pm – Paper Session. Chair: Victor Coelho
- David Wyn Jones (Cardiff University): “Converting Symphonies Into String Quartets: Haydn’s Forgotten Quartets”
- Jessica Waldoff (College of the Holy Cross), “Beyond the ‘Chaos’: Understanding Haydn’s ‘C-Minor Mood’”
- Edward Green (Manhattan School of Music): “Chromatic Completion – A Little Appreciated Technical Link Connecting the Operas of Gluck, Haydn and Mozart”
- Benjamin Korstvedt (Clark University): “The Fate of Haydn’s ‘Sham Recapitulations’ in the 1780s: Refining and Extending a Critical Category”
Mugar Memorial Library, Arthur Fiedler Reading Room
 12:30 pm – Lunch and Opening of the Exhibition “Celebrating Franz Joseph Haydn and His Champion, H.C. Robbins Landon: A Retrospective Exhibition”
Mugar Memorial Library, Roosevelt Room
 2 pm – 5 pm – Paper Session. Chairs: Joshua Rifkin, Jeremy Yudkin
- Caryl Clark (University of Toronto) “Haydn’s Conversion Masses”
- Evan Cortens (Cornell University): “The ‘Continuous Exposition’ in Haydn’s String Quartets”
- Stephen C. Fisher (Fredericksburg, VA): “How Did Haydn Use His Hornists?”
- Ingrid Fuchs (Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Vienna): “The Viennese Musical Salon in the Time of Joseph Haydn: Ladies and Gentlemen as Hosts and Performers”

The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University seeks to capture and document history by collecting the manuscripts from individuals who play significant roles in the fields of journalism, poetry, literature and criticism, dance, music, theater, film, television, and political and religious movements. The Center strives to preserve the documents and make them readily available to researchers while administering all legal copyrights and restrictions. The Center also presents extensive exhibitions, seminars and tours for students, parents, alumni, various visiting groups and members of the public. For more information, visit www.bu.edu/archives.

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