INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM: UNDERSTANDING BACH'S B-MINOR MASS

Belfast, 2-4 November 2007


Keynote Speaker

CHRISTOPH WOLFF is Adams University Professor at Harvard University. Born and educated in Germany, he studied organ and historical keyboard instruments, musicology and art history at the Universities of Berlin, Erlangen, and Freiburg, taking a performance diploma in 1963 and the Dr. Phil. in 1966. He taught the history of music at Erlangen, Toronto, Princeton, and Columbia Universities before joining the Harvard faculty in 1976. At Harvard he served as Chair of the Music Department (1980-88, 90-91), Acting Director of the University Library (1991-92), and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (1992-2000).

Recipient of the Dent Medal of the Royal Musical Association in London (1978), the Humboldt Research Award (1996), an honorary professorship at the University of Freiburg, and several honorary degrees, he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Member of the American Philosophical Society and the Saxon Academy of Sciences. He currently serves as Director of the Bach- Archiv Leipzig. He has published widely on the history of music from the 15th to the 20th centuries, especially on Bach and Mozart. Bach: Essays on His Life and Music (Cambridge, 1991), Mozart’s Requiem (Berkeley, 1994), The New Bach Reader (New York, 1998), and Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician (New York, 2000) are his most recent books. His new facsimile edition of the B-Minor Mass was published by Bärenreiter in 2007.

Professor Wolff's keynote paper is entitled “Past, Present, and Future—Perspectives on Bach’s B-Minor Mass”, which is scheduled at 6pm on 3 November in the Harty Room.

This is a public lecture, and is open to public. However, the number of seats is limited. It is possible to reserve a seat by paying a reservation fee of £5 (cash or cheque only). For further details please contact The Secretary, School of Music & Sonic Arts, Music building, Queen's University Belfast, BT7 1NN.


Last updated on 13 October 2007