Established and emerging scholars are invited to participate in the Alkan USA Bicentennial Conference, held November 9-10, 2013 at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. The keynote address will be given by eminent Alkan scholar Dr. Hugh Macdonald, Avis Blewett Professor of Music at Washington University in St. Louis.
The conference will feature papers, performances, and lecture-recitals on Alkanís life and work. Interdisciplinary proposals from pianists, instrumentalists, composers, musicologists, historians, linguists, and researchers in a broad field of humanities are welcome. All presenters are eligible for cash awards up to $800.
Applications should be emailed to Dr. Hilary Demske at Hilary.Demske@uvu.edu, by September 20. Please include your name, a brief biography, submission category and project proposal, time required, and any additional materials needed. All decisions will be sent by October 1.
Please visit http://www.alkanconferenceusa.org for more information.
Paper topics may include any subset of Alkanís music and musical culture, and will last 15 minutes with a 10-minute question and answer session. A $200 cash award will be given for the best graduate or advanced undergraduate student paper.
Lecture-recital proposals are particularly welcome. Topics can highlight a specific piece or group of pieces, make comparisons with other piano composers, offer new transcriptions for chamber music settings, or include original compositions inspired by his music. Lecture-recitals will last 20-30 minutes with a 10-minute question and answer session. A $200 cash award will be given for the most creative lecture-performance, open to all participants.
Recital performances are invited. The conference seeks to highlight Alkanís wide range of compositions- accordingly there is no age limit or audition to participate in a recital and pieces do not need to be memorized. Solo, duet, and chamber performances are all encouraged, as well as original chamber music transcriptions and Alkan-inspired compositions. There is no formal competition, but two (2) $200 cash awards will be given to the two performances that are heard to most closely align with the spirit of Alkanís music.
One $200 prize will be awarded for the best student paper.
One $200 prize will be awarded for the most creative lecture-recital.
Two $200 prizes will be awarded to performances that are heard to most closely align with the intent of the conference and the spirit of Alkanís music.
All prizes will be chosen by the Organizing Committee and awarded at the closing banquet. Participants may be involved in all three categories.
Possible Paper Topics:
Musical Paris in the 1830s and 1840s
Chopin and Alkan
Liszt and Alkan
Orchestral elements in Alkanís piano writing
Alkanís music as a pedagogical tool
Jewish elements in Alkanís music
Alkanís influence on other composers
Talks on specific pieces or styles
Talks on specific time periods in Alkanís life
Possible Lecture-recital Topics:
Side by sides, comparing a piece by Alkan and another piano composer
Alkan interpretation possibilities
Theoretical exploration of piece
Historical exploration of piece
Compositional exploration of piece
Possible Performance Pieces:
Any piece composed by Alkan
An original composition inspired by Alkan
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