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Schubertiade;  Pre-concert Lecture: Stephen Rumph

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 4:30pm
Schubert painting
Schubert at the Piano

This series, produced by piano professor Robin McCabe, features music by Austrian composer Franz Schubert, with historical context offered in commentary and narration.
 Each concert includes a pre-concert lecture by UW faculty and local music authorities.

Pre-concert Lecture 4pm

Concert 4:30pm 


The Shepherd on the Rock
Emerald Lessley, soprano; Andrew Romanick, piano; Alexander Tu, clarinet

“Arpeggione" Sonata for viola and piano
Gwen Franz, viola; Jane Heinrichs, piano

Pre-concert Lecture: Stephen Rumph
“In Beethoven’s Shadow”


Stephen Rumph teaches courses on eighteenth-century topics, opera, music and politics, film music, and semiotics. After studying voice at Oberlin Conservatory, he earned a Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, writing a Beethoven dissertation with Joseph Kerman. He joined the UW School of Music faculty in 2002.

Rumph's book Beethoven After Napoleon: Political Romanticism in the Late Works (University of California Press, 2004) offers a political interpretation of late Beethoven illuminated by the writings of the German Romantics. His second book, Mozart and Enlightenment Semiotics (UC Press, 2011), pioneers a "historically-informed" semiotics of music, based upon eighteenth-century sign and language theory. He is currently preparing a book on Fauré's song cycle La Bonne Chanson.

Rumph has published articles and reviews in JAMS, JRMA, Music and Letters, Beethoven Forum, 19th-Century Music, Eighteenth-Century Music, and Cambridge Opera Journal, and has essays forthcoming in the Oxford Handbook of Topic Theory and the Cambridge Mozart Studies 2. He served as Reviews Editor for Beethoven Forum, 2005-2008.

Rumph also sings professionally as a lyric tenor, and has performed widely in concert, oratorio, and opera.  His resumé can be found at

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