Conference Sessions


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170 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02116

Thursday, June 16

9:00 Welcome

9:20 Opening address: “The Quest for the Historical Joseph”

Robert W. Eshbach (University of New Hampshire)

Formative Experiences

10:00 Mineo Ota (Miyagigakuin Women’s University), “Joseph Joachim and Gypsy Musicians: Their Relationships and Common Features in Performance Practice”

10:40 Styra Avins (New York City), “Joseph Joachim and the Haskalah: The Dilemma of German Jews”

11:20 Stephen Downes (Royal Holloway, University of London), “Joachim, A Sentimental Portrait”

12:00 Lunch

Violinist and Composer

Benjamin M. Korstvedt (Clark University), session chair

1:30 R. Larry Todd (Duke University), “Joachim and Musical Solitude, or, the Beginnings of the Ciphers F-A-E and Gis-e-la”

2:10 Katharina Uhde (Valparaiso University), “‘Soulfulness’ and ‘Individuality’ in Joachim’s Violin Concerto in G Major”

2:50 Break

3:10 Robert Riggs (University of Mississippi), “Tovey’s View of Joachim’s ‘Hungarian’ Violin Concerto”

3:50 Walter Kreyszig (University of Saskatchewan and Institute for Canadian Studies, University of Vienna), “‘… of this wonderful music by its best interpreter’: Joseph Joachim’s Contribution to the 1908 Berlin Edition of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo, BWV 1001-1006”

Friday, June 17

Connections with Past and Present

Daniel Beller-McKenna (University of New Hampshire), session chair

9:20 Vasiliki Papadopoulou (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Department of Musicology), “Joseph Joachim’s Violin Concerto op. 3 and Johannes Brahms’s Participation in the Piano Reduction”

10:00 Marie Sumner Lott (Georgia State University), “‘So Gleams the Past, the Light of Other Days’: Joachim’s Hebräische Melodien for Viola and Piano, op. 9 (1853)”

10:40 Valerie Woodring Goertzen (Loyola University New Orleans), “Joachim, Shakespeare, and the Music of the Future”

11:20 Jacquelyn Sholes (Boston University), “Interpreting Joachim’s Overture to Hamlet and Its Relationship to Liszt”

12:00 Lunch

1:30 Lecture-recital: “Learning to Play from the Recordings of Nineteenth-Century Masters: New Perspectives on the Study of Historical Performance”

Neal Peres da Costa (Sydney Conservatorium of Music)

 2:30 break

Joachim in Britain

2:45 Ian Maxwell (University of Cambridge, UK), “‘Thou That Hast Been in England Many a Year’: A Consideration of Joachim’s Influence on Music in Britain 1870-1907”

3:25 Michael Musgrave (The Juilliard School), “Joachim at the Crystal Palace”

4:05 Therese Ellsworth (Washington, DC), “’Caviare to the Multitude’: Joseph Joachim and the Monday Popular Concerts in London”

7:00 James Buswell: Pre-concert talk

8:00 Concert — First Church in Boston
Music of Joachim, Bach, and Brahms

James Buswell, violin, Carol Ou, violoncello, Victor Rosenbaum, piano, Mana Tokuno, piano, Jaime Korkos, mezzo-soprano

Saturday, June 18

The Performer in Context

9:20 Beatrix Borchard (Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg), “Interpreters as Authors of the History of Music: Joseph and Amalie Joachim”

10:00 Ruprecht Kamlah (Erlangen), “Joachim’s Violins: Spotlights on Some of Them”

10:40 Karen Leistra-Jones (Franklin and Marshall University), “Joachim and the Dialectics of Enchantment”

11:20 William Horne (Loyola University New Orleans), “At the Intersection of Performance and Composition: Brahms’s Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 26, Movement III”

12:00 Lunch

1:30 Lecture recital: “Der Klassikervortrag” – Re-enacting the Art of Joseph Joachim”

Kai KöppJohannes Gebauer,  Sebastian Bausch (Bern University of Arts)

2:30 break

The Joachims’ Legacy as Mentors and Teachers

2:45 Heather Platt (Ball State University), “Amalie Joachim’s American Protégée: Villa Whitney White”

3:25 E. Douglas Bomberger (Elizabethtown College), “Madge Wickham, Student of Joachim”

4:05 Arthur Kaptainis (Montreal Gazette, National Post, University of Toronto), Arthur Rubinstein, Joachim’s Most Famous Student?”

7:30 Conference Dinner — College Club of Boston


The Joseph Joachim at 185 conference is supported in part by a generous grant from the

University of New Hampshire Center for the Humanities

Burt Feintuch, director

We are grateful for additional financial and practical support from the


Ryan C. McClelland, President


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Christoph Mücher, Director

the Federal Republic of Germany through the German Academic Exchange Service


Dr. Nina Lemmens, Director DAAD North America
and Michael Thomanek, Senior Program Officer

and from

Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 9.40.16 AMMagazin für Klassische Musik und Musikwissenschaft
Geschäftsstellenleiter: Mathias Brösicke


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