CFP: Schumann’s Faust on the Verges of Music Theatre, Ghent (20.12.2019)

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Symposium: Schumann’s Faust on the Verges of Music Theatre


In recent years, Robert Schumann’s long underestimated Szenen aus Goethes Faust (1844–53) for soloists, choir, and orchestra has increasingly been recognized as one of the composer’s masterpieces. In June 2020, Opera Ballet Vlaanderen (Belgium) presents a new production of this important work, staged by Julian Rosefeldt and conducted by Philippe Herreweghe. On this occasion, the house organizes an international symposium, Schumann’s Faust on the Verges of Music Theatre, in collaboration with Ghent University, the University of Leuven, and the University of Toronto. The symposium will take place on June 27–28, 2020 in the historical building of the Ghent Opera, and will feature keynote lectures by Laura Tunbridge (Oxford University) and Peter Höyng (Emory University).   

As Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes Faust defies categorisation, we intend to approach the work from an interdisciplinary angle, welcoming contributions from areas such as musicology, music theory, literary studies, and theatre studies. Over the course of these two days, we will discuss topics including but not limited to:

  • Questions of performability, musicality and theatricality in Goethe’s Faust and Schumann’s Faust-Szenen 

  • Close analysis of (aspects of) Schumann’s Faust-Szenen

  • The position of the Faust-Szenen in Schumann’s oeuvre

  • Other medialisations of Goethe’s play and their relationship to Schumann’s Faust-Szenen 

  • Questions of genre in musico-dramatic Faust settings in the long nineteenth century, from Spohr to Busoni

  • Issues of selection, adaptation and interpretation in musico-dramatic Faust settings 

We invite proposals for individual papers (30 minutes plus 15 minutes discussion), panels of 2–4 papers, and roundtables. Proposals for individual papers should include an abstract of no longer than 300 words, as well as the presenter’s name, institutional affiliation, and a short biography (max. 200 words). Proposals for panel sessions should include the above for each of the papers as well as a short rationale (approx. 200 words) for the panel as a whole. Proposals for roundtables should include an abstract of up to 600 words, outlining the rationale and organization of the roundtable, as well as a short biography (max. 200 words) for each of the participants. 

Please format all proposals as pdf files and submit them to Katherina Lindekens ( by December 20, 2019. Participants will be notified by the end of January. Organizers: Katherina Lindekens (Opera Ballet Vlaanderen), Steven Vande Moortele (University of Toronto), Gunther Martens (Ghent University), Tobias Hermans (Ghent University), Camilla Bork (University of Leuven). 

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