Our Talking Music series brings prominent artists to campus to perform and discuss their music, with a particular focus on contemporary music. Last year’s series took place March 3–5, 2016, and focused on the enduring contemporary legacy of twentieth-century German composer Hanns Eisler. More details will be posted here as they become available for the 2017 conference.

Event Schedule

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Friday, March 4 – Person Recital Hall

10:00 amJohannes GallCollective Music-Hanns Eisler’s Critical Edition: A Cappella Choruses of the 1920s
11:00 amJoy Calico
(Vanderbilt University)
The Sound of the Goethe Bicentennial
12:00 pmKnud BreyerHanns Eisler Critical Edition: A new approach to modernity and classical tradition. Hanns Eisler’s first twelve-tone-film composition and its concert version.
2:30 pmHeidi Hart
(Duke University)
Scattered Fragments: Formal Play as Protest in Hanns Eisler’s Songs
3:30 pmYana Lowry
(Saint Leo University)
Hanns Eisler in the Soviet Union: Forming the Composer's Musicological and Social Narrative in the First Soviet State
7:00 pmChristoph Keller
(in conversation with Stefan Litwin)
Lecture: Recital by pianist Christoph Keller

Saturday, March 5 – Person Recital Hall

9:30 amMartha Sprigge
(University of California, Santa Barbara)
Eisler’s Ruins
10:30 amJohn Gabriel
(Harvard University)
Jazz as Technikum and widerliche Ware in the Kampfmusik of Hanns Eisler
11:30 amFlorian Scheding
(University of Bristol)
The Heterotopia and Nostalgia of Hanns Eisler
12:30 pmConcluding discussion
1:00 pmConference End