Symposium Schedule

Friday, April 12, 2019

7:30-9:00 pm: Panel Discussion: “Intercultural and Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Bach’s St. Matthew Passion
Fine Arts Center: Bezanson Recital Hall; Free

Ernest May

Moderator: Ernest May (UMass Amherst, pictured)
Lydia Goehr (Columbia University)
Michael Marissen (Swarthmore College)
Ruth HaCohen (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)
Andrea Moore (Smith College)
Yo Tomita (Queen’s University Belfast)
Thomas Cressy (Cornell University)

The Panel Discussion will be live-streamed on Facebook Live, UMassMusicDance

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Paper Sessions and Keynote Address are in Bezanson Recital Hall, N. Pleasant St., Amherst
Cost: $5 Students; $25 General; Free for Presenters/Performers. Bring cash or check made out to UMass Amherst
Click for Bios/Photos/Abstracts of Presenters

8:30-9:00 am: Morning Refreshments and Registration
Fine Arts Center: Bezanson Recital Hall Lobby

9:00-10:30 am: Paper Session I: Compositional and Theoretical Approaches
Welcome by Roberta Marvin, Chair of the Department of Music and Dance
Session Chair: Roberta Marvin
Owen Belcher — J.S. Bach on Exhibit in the Museum of Music Theory
Emiliano Ricciardi — Transcribing and Completing The Art of Fugue: The Case of Berio’s Contrapunctus XIX
Maureen Carr — Echoes of an Offering: Bach’s Influence on the Creative Process for the Symphony of Psalms fugue 

10:30-10:45 am: Break

10:45 am-12:15 pm: Paper Session II: Bach on Piano
Session Chair: Mark Rodgers
Erinn Knyt — The Bach-Busoni Goldberg Variations
Karolina Kolinek — Bach Rewrite – Marcin Masecki, Wurlitzer Piano and Ontology of Bach’s Music
Ernest May — Glenn Gould, Bach Digital, Bach 333, and YouTube: Bach in the Digital Museum of Musical Performance

12:15-1:30 pm: LunchVictoria Suchodolski
 University Club, 243 Stockbridge RoLidia Chang, traversoad

Lunch music performance by UMass alumni Lidia Chang, traverso (period flute) & Victoria Suchodolski, harpsichord


Lydia Goehr, keynote speaker
1:45-2:45 pm: Keynote Address:

Fine Arts Center: Bezanson Recital Hall
Welcome by Dean Julie Hayes
Lydia Goehr (Columbia University)
The Work of Music: Situating Bach in a Public Culture of Blasphemy, Devotion, and Resurrection


2:45-3:00 pm: Break

3:00-4:30 pm: Paper Session III: Bach Reception
Session Chair: Ernest May
Yo Tomita — The Bach Printed-Music Database and its Roles in the Reception Study of Bach’s Works
Ellen Exner — Friedrich Smend, Friedrich Blume, and the Myth of Mendelssohn’s “Matthew”
John Lutterman — Interpreting Bach’s Cello Suites: Werktreue vs. Praxistreue

4:30-4:45 pm: Break

4:45-6:15 pm: Paper Session IV: Religion, Culture, and Bach
Session Chair: Marianna Ritchey
Ruth HaCohen — A Nietzschean Moment in a Bach’s Passion? – Revisiting “Zerfließe mein Herze”, BWV 245 (35)
Tekla Babyak — The St. Thomas Aquinas of Music: Liszt’s Catholic Image of Bach
Peter Kupfer —  “Good Hands”: The Music of J.S. Bach in Television Commercials

6:15-6:45 pm: Evening Reception
Fine Arts Center: Bezanson Recital Hall Lobby


With support from
New England Public Radio

And additional support from:

Stamell Stringed Instruments, Amherst, MA & Poughkeepsie, NY

Northampton Community Music Center, Northampton, MA

Five College Learning in Retirement, Northampton, MA