International Conference Remembering Heinrich Bewerunge

Remembering Heinrich Bewerunge (1862–1923): Perspectives on 150 Years of Church Music

St. Patrick’s College Maynooth and NUI Maynooth Music Department (Ireland) are jointly hosting a conference on 6 and 7 December 2012, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Heinrich Bewerunge, founding father of music at Maynooth.

Heinrich Bewerunge, German cleric and musician, was born in 1862 and ordained in 1885. He was educated in Würzburg and Regensburg under Franz Witt and Franz Haberl, both leaders of the Cecilian movement which sought to restore plainchant and renaissance polyphony to Catholic liturgy. Sanctioned by Pope Pius IX in 1870, Cecilianism spread throughout Germany, the Netherlands, Eastern Europe and America. The Irish Society of St Cecilia was founded in 1878. Bewerunge was appointed to Maynooth ten years later, on the recommendation of Haberl, and he occupied the Chair of Church Chant and Organ at St Patrick’s College for thirty-five years until his death in 1923. A gifted composer and arranger of liturgical music, his life’s work as practitioner, scholar and pedagogue was primarily focused on church music and music education, with the ambit of his activities extending internationally.

The CALL FOR PAPERS is open until 26 October 2012 and requests submissions on the following topics:

Music in the Liturgy:
19th, 20th and 21st century approaches; the impact of Vatican II; choral music; congregational singing.
Music Education:
The fluctuating position of music within the education curriculum over the past 150 years; advances in teaching techniques; standards of practical musicianship.
Music and Irish Culture:
National identity; links between traditional and church music; analysis of Irish liturgical music and composers.
Plainchant:
Restitution of chant in the 19th century; Vatican editions, 20th century developments; current interpretative trends; vernacular chant.
Organ:
Technical developments from the mid 19th century to the 21st century; the balance of art versus engineering; organists and organ builders.

Further information here .

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