International Manchester Beethoven Research Symposia

This informal research group, directed by Professor Barry Cooper, is devoted to the exploration of the life and works of Beethoven.

The group meets for symposia five or six times per year, normally on Friday afternoons, to examine a specific topic associated with Beethoven. Formal research papers are followed by open discussion. 

The symposia are open to all Beethoven enthusiasts, whether or not they wish to present a paper or contribute to the discussion.

Previous topics have included:

  • Beethoven and Classical antiquity
  • Beethoven's publishers
  • Beethoven's mistakes
  • the Op. 18 quartets
  • Beethoven's travels
  • the Schlesinger sonatas (Op. 109–111)
  • the 1808 Akademie
  • Beethoven and tonality.

Many of the speakers are current or former PhD students in the Music department, but they have ranged from first-year undergraduates to the director of the Beethoven-Archiv at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn.

Previous and forthcoming meetings

2021

  • 26 March 2021: Beethoven’s Illnesses
  • 15 January 2021: Beethoven’s Dynamic Marks

2020

  • 17 January 2020: Portraits of Beethoven

2019

  • 22 November 2019: Beethoven and Women
  • 13 September 2019: Beethoven’s Neglected Works
  • 7 June 2019: Beethoven's Response to Mozart
  • 5 April 2019: Beethoven's High Notes
  • 18 January 2019: Outstanding Literature on Beethoven

2018

  • 16 November 2018: Beethoven's Articulation Marks
  • 28 September 2018: Beethoven's Use of Tonality
  • 15 June 2018: The 1808 Akademie
  • 23 March 2018: The Opp. 109­–111 Sonatas
  • 19 January 2018: Beethoven's Travels

2017

  • 10 November 2017: The Op. 18 Quartets
  • 29 September 2017: Beethoven's Mistakes
  • 16 June 2017: Beethoven's Publishers
  • 7 April 2017: Beethoven and Classical Antiquity
  • 20 January 2017: Beethoven's Endings

2016

  • 4 November 2016: Beethoven's Beginnings
  • 16 September 2016: Sieghard Brandenburg's Work (2)
  • 10 June 2016: Sieghard Brandenburg's Work (1)
  • 8 April 2016: Beethoven's Jokes and Humour
  • 15 January 2016: Op. 93 (Eighth Symphony)
  • 6 November 2016: Op. 92 (Seventh Symphony)

2015

  • 18 September 2015: Op. 68 (Pastoral Symphony
  • 5 June 2015: Op. 123 (Missa Solemnis)
  • 27 March 2015: Beethoven's Disputes (2)
  • 16 January 2015: Beethoven's Disputes (1)

2014

  • 16 December 2014: Beethoven's Pedalling
  • 31 October 2014: Beethoven's Revisions
  • 19 September 2014: Beethoven's Bonn Works
  • 6 June 2014: Favourites (Ours and Beethoven's)
  • 11 April 2014: Op. 133 (the Grosse Fuge)
  • 10 January 2014: Beethoven and Politics

Get in touch

For more information, please contact Barry Cooper (barry.cooper@manchester.ac.uk).