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Papers and Events of Interest at AMS/SMT in Vancouver

For those of you who are able to attend AMS/SMT in Vancouver, we hope that you will join us early for the HSNA Mini-Conference, Nov. 2-3 (program and required registration here).We have compiled a list of papers from the AMS/SMT program book that may be of general interest for those who engage with the eighteenth century. This list has been compiled from the program book as of October 15th.

HSNA Mini-Conference, 2-3 November 2016

Haydn Society of North America mini-conference, 2-3 November 2016,
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel, Port Alberni Room

Scholarship opportunities and Upcoming Concerts


Dr. Nancy November is currently offering two full-fees PhD scholarship on topics related to chamber music in Beethoven's Vienna. Information is available here.

Please contact Dr. November for more information: n.november at auckland dot ac dot nz


Haydn Society of North America Conference 2016

A conference of the Haydn Society of North America (HSNA) will take place Wednesday, November 2 and Thursday morning, November 3, at the Vancouver Sheraton Wall Center Hotel, prior to the meeting of the American Musicological Society / Society for Music Theory.  We are seeking proposals concerning any work regarding Joseph Haydn and his circle.  We also anticipate a joint session with the American Beethoven Society and invite proposals for this session linking the two composers. Presentations accepted for the AMS/SMT conference itself may not be read at this conference.  Papers read at the conference may be solicited for publication in HAYDN: Online Journal of the Haydn Society of North America (

Scholars are invited to submit proposals for individual papers or lecture/performances.  Papers and presentations should not exceed 30 minutes.  Additionally, ten minutes will be allotted for discussion. Proposals should indicate the type of presentation (paper or lecture/performance) and include the presenter’s institutional affiliation or place of residence, equipment and technical requirements, and an abstract of no more than 400 words.  Abstracts should articulate the most important aspects of the research, discuss the relationship of the work to previous scholarship, and describe the significance and potential future usefulness of the findings.

Please submit complete proposals as an attachment in Word or PDF to Michael Ruhling ( by July 15.  Presenters are expected to be members of HSNA at the time of the conference.  

New Esterházy Quartet announces its 10th Season (San Fran Bay Area, CA)

The New Esterházy Quartet announces its Tenth Season. Four programs will focus on Haydn, his friend Mozart, and his student Beethoven, each presented three times in the San Francisco Bay Area: Fridays in Berkeley, Saturdays in San Francisco, and Sundays in Palo Alto.

Recent Literature on Haydn

What follows is a list of relatively new books, essays, articles, and blogs that might be of interest to the readership. Items that have appeared in earlier issues of the HSNA Newsletter are not listed here.  Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by the HSNA and the information has been culled from various sources.  If you have a recent contribution regarding Haydn and would like it included in the next installment, please email

Haydn and the Flute

Haydn and the Flute

Stephen C. Fisher

Fall 2015 issue of HAYDN: Online Journal of the HSNA, Vol. 5.2 now online!

Beautiful Haydn  by Nancy November
Nancy November reviews ideas of the beautiful from Burke, Michaelis, Kant, and others, and relates these ideas to Haydn's own statements on beauty, and to his music.  In so doing, she cleverly opens up a parallel discussion to Haydn's much-studied sublime character, which will surely yield future research and discussion. 
Work in Progress
Diplomats as Musical Agents in the Age of Haydn  by Mark Ferraguto