Scholarly Symposium

Bach in the Age of Modernism, Postmodernism and Globalization

Although the music of J.S. Bach has inspired a voluminous amount of scholarship, the impact and appropriation of his music in the 20th and 21st centuries remains relatively unexplored. This conference seeks to bring together scholars from diverse disciplines and perspectives that share an interest in the multiple ways the music of J.S. Bach has impacted culture or inspired the work of composers, pedagogues, performers, critics, and listeners during the 20th century and beyond.

Topics include Bach’s influence on major composers, recent discoveries in archival research, the reception and appropriation of “Bach” by diverse political regimes, the use of Bach’s compositions as pedagogical models in higher education, the quotation from or appropriation of Bach’s compositions and style, and the metamorphosis of “Bach” and his music from local to national, European, Western, and now, Global.


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Michael Marissen, Keynote Speaker
Swarthmore College

Bach Against Modernity

Bach’s Holy Dread, The New Yorker, 01/02/2017

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Brent Auerbach
UMass Amherst

Non-Musical Performances of Bach’s Music as Acts of Critical Analysis


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Louis Epstein
St. Olaf College

Bach and the Dance in 20th-Century France


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Ellen Exner
New England Conservatory

Certifying J.S. Bach’s Interplanetary Funksmanship: George Clinton, Bernie Worrell, and P-Funk’s Baroque Aesthetic


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Erinn Knyt
UMass Amherst

Allusions to J.S. Bach in the Early Piano Pieces of Ferrucio Busoni


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Joel Lester
City University of New York

Bach and Musical “Forms”


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Robert & Traute Marshall
Brandeis University

Bach Country Today


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Daniel R. Melamed
Indiana University

How did ‘Aus Liebe’ get to be so slow?


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Andrea Moore
University of California, Riverside

Art-Religion for a Global New Age


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Matthew Mugmon
University of Arizona

Bernstein, Rock, and Bach: Constructing a Tonal Heritage for Modern Music


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Szymon Paczkowski
University of Warsaw

Music at the Lutheran court chapel in Dresden in the time of Bach


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Markus Rathey
Yale University

Canon and Identity: Leo Schrade’s Bach Studies During his Years at Yale


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Allison Smith
UMass Amherst

Religious Rivalries in John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer


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Janice Stockigt
University of Melbourne

The Royal Catholic Chapel in Leipzig’s Pleissenburg Castle