“Images of Bach”


April 16-18, 2004

Mason Gross School of the Arts

Rutgers University

New Brunswick, NJ


This meeting is supported by the American Bach Society, the Mason Gross School of the Arts, and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities




11 a.m.-           Registration (Lobby, Marryott Music Building)


 1-2:30 p.m.      Opening session (Marryott Auditorium)


                        Welcome: Robin A. Leaver, President, American Bach Society

                        Welcome: Rufus Hallmark, Chair, Department of Music

                        Welcome: George B. Stauffer, Dean, Mason Gross School of the Arts

                        Keynote Address: Christoph Wolff (Harvard University): “Images of Bach”


2:30-4 p.m.      Session I: Compositional Images (Marryott Auditorium)


                        Lynn Edwards Butler (Vancouver, BC), Chair


Catherine Coppola (Hunter College/CUNY and Manhattanville College): "In his own image: Source and reception in Busoniís Fantasia nach Bach"

Christopher Anderson (University of North Dakota): "Reger performs Bach: Evidence from the Meiningen Reger Archive"


4-5 p.m.           Reception (Lobby, Nicholas Music Center)


5:30 p.m.          Recital (Christ Church)


                                    Antonius Bittmann (Rutgers University), organ


6:00 p.m.          Dinner independently (ABS Board Meeting)


8:30 p.m.          Concert (Kirkpatrick Chapel)


                                    Rutgers Baroque Ensemble

                                    Music by various Bachs for harpsichord, strings, and continuo





9 a.m-12 p.m.  Session II: Historical Images/Visual Images (Marryott Audorium)


                        George B. Stauffer (Rutgers University), Chair


Matthew Dirst (University of Houston): "Mirror images of the heroic composer: Bach and Handel in the nineteenth century"

Steven Zohn (Temple University): “Images of Telemann: The 'good-natured kapellmeister' and other myths"

Markus Rathey (Yale University): "Images and imaginations: Fritz Volbachís view of Johann Sebastian Bach"

Teri Noel Towe (New York, NY): "The group portrait that does not depict Johann Sebastian Bach and three of his sons"


12 noon            Society Business Lunch (Rehearsal Hall, Nicholas Music Center)


1:30 p.m.          Bus to Princeton


2:15-3:45 p.m. Session III: Scholarly Images (Talbott Library, Westminster Choir College)


                        Welcome, Robert Annis, Dean and Director, Westminster Choir College


                        Daniel R. Melamed (Indiana University), Chair


Daniel F. Boomhower (Princeton University): "Images of Bach scholarship: Arthur Mendel and musicological method"

Anne Leahy (Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music and Drama): "The image of Bach from a German-American perspective: Gerhard Herz and the modern American Bach movement"


3:45 p.m.          Bus to Firestone Library


4:00 p.m.          Bachiana in the Scheide Collection


                        Viewing of Haussmann Bach Portrait of 1748 and other Bach holdings, with

Introduction by William H. Scheide (Princeton, NJ)      


5:00 p.m.          Bus to New Brunswick


6:00 p.m.          Dinner (Rutgers Club)


8:00 p.m.          Concert (Nicholas Music Center)


                                    Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir, Patrick Gardner, Director

                                          and Musica Raritana, Andrew Kirkman, Director

                                    C.P.E. Bach: The Hamburg Benefit Concert of 1786





9 a.m-12 p.m.  Session IV: Cultural Images/Theoretical Images (Marryott Auditorium)


                        Matthew Dirst (University of Houston), Chair


Sara Botwinick (Philadelphia, PA): “'I must live amid almost continual vexation, envy, and persecution': A psychological reading of J.S. Bachís relationship to authority"

Tanya Kevorkian (Millersville University): "J.S. Bachís working conditions in Leipzig: The political and cultural context"

Stephen A. Crist (Emory University): "When is an aria not an aria?"

Peter Wollny (Bach-Archiv Leipzig): "Towards a theory of J. S. Bach's compositional process"