Keyboard Culture in 18th-Century Berlin
and the German Sense of History


8:00 Pre-conference ORGAN RECITAL (Anabel Taylor Chapel), Annette Richards and David Yearsley: Music by Buxtehude, Schildt and J. S. Bach


3:00 Welcome (Anabel Taylor Chapel)

3:15 Annette Richards and David Yearsley: “Charlottenburg Schnitger 1706–1930–2011”

4:00 Mike Lee, fortepiano: Music of J. S. Bach

4:30 Keynote lecture:

Laurenz Lütteken : “Variety, Synthesis and Supremacy: Aspects of a Musical Topography in the Berlin of Frederick II”

DINNER RECEPTION (for conference participants and registered attendees)

8:30 Organ recital (Anabel Taylor Chapel), Jacques van Oortmerssen: Works by J. S. Bach


8:45 coffee

9:15 Mid-Century Berlin and Early Music (Barnes Hall)

Darrell Berg: “‘Rules to their Most Innocent Pleasures’: The State of Music in Mid 18th-Century Berlin”

Mathieu Langlois: “Marpurg, the Character Piece and French Keyboard Music in Mid-Century Berlin”

Kerala Snyder: “Seventeenth-Century Organ Music in Eighteenth-Century Berlin: Early Music in the time of Frederick the Great”

11:45 LUNCH

12:30-1:15: Organ recital (Anabel Taylor chapel), Annette Richards: “The Princess Anna Amalia at the Organ”: Music by Bruhns, C. P. E. Bach and J. S. Bach

1:45 Dreams, Imaginings, and the Bach family [Barnes Hall]

Ellen Exner: “Anna Amalia, J. S. Bach and the Prussian Historical Imagination”

Martin Küster: “Melody, Harmony and Marpurg’s Dream Organist”

3:15-3:30 Break: coffee and refreshments

David Schulenberg: “An Enigmatic Legacy: Organ Music and the Berlin Bach Traditions”

Richard Kramer: “Hearing the Silence: On a Much Theorized Moment in a Sonata by Emanuel Bach”

5:15 Andrew Willis, fortepiano: The Bach Family and the Fortepiano Culture of the Berlin Court

[conference registrants - dinner on your own]

6:30 and 8:30: Concert (Anabel Taylor chapel): David Yearsley, Steven Zohn (baroque flute), Kristen Dubenion-Smith (mezzo-soprano). Music of Telemann, C. P. E. Bach, Graun, and a premiere by Zachary Wadsworth

[8:30 performance for conference participants]


8:45am: coffee, refreshments

9:15 Cross-currents, meetings, exchanges (Barnes Hall)

Ulrich Leisinger: “Mozart meets Bach: A Viennese in Berlin in 1789”

Matthew Head: “Mozart’s Gothic: Aesthetic Terror and Historical Consciousness in the Einzelwerke for Solo Keyboard”

Vanessa Agnew: “Reconstructing, Reenacting and Testing, and A Sense of Music History”

11:45: LUNCH

12:30-1:15: Organ Recital (Anabel Taylor Chapel): Jean Ferrard: “The Roaring Twenties of the 1600s”: Music by Bull, Correa, Luython

2:00 The “Charlottenburg” Organ at Cornell: Research and Experimentation (Anabel Taylor Chapel)

Catherine Oertel: “Chemical Intersections: Historic Organ Pipe Metal and Its Conservation”

Joel Speerstra: On Pipe Shades and Prussian Blue

Panel discussion with Christopher Lowe, Peter Geise and Paul Peeters

Munetaka Yokota and David Yearsley: Demonstration of the Organ

4:30 BREAK (refreshments)

5:30 DEDICATORY PREMIERE: “Anacrusis” by Kevin Ernste (Annette Richards and others)
Words of introduction:
Peter Lepage, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Cornell
Johan Norrback, Vice-Dean, University of Gothenburg and Director, Gothenburg Organ Art Center
Roberto Sierra, Chair, Department of Music, Cornell

ORGAN RECITAL: Harald Vogel: Music by Sweelinck, Buxtehude, the Bachs, and Bruhns's Orfeo

7:30 CONFERENCE DINNER (for conference participants and registered attendees)


8-10 Free time at the organ for conference participants (on-line sign up will be available)

[10-12 and 2-4 Organ Inspection]

8:00 Harald Vogel repeats his recital, for local audience

Sponsored by the Institute for German Cultural Studies at Cornell, the Cornell Department of Music, the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies, the Cornell Council for the Arts, the University Lectures Committee, the Cornell Society for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation