Nineteenth-Century Programme Music

organized by
Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini (Lucca)
25-27 November 2016
Lucca, Complesso Monumentale di San Micheletto

The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca is pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the symposium «Nineteenth-Century Programme Music», to be held in Lucca, Complesso Monumentale di San Micheletto, from Friday 25 until Sunday 27 November 2016 (http://www.luigiboccherini.org/programmemusic.html).
Musical depictions have existed from the earliest times; but the cultivation and popularity of orchestral programme music was a phenomenon of the nineteenth century, when it came to encompass close links to literature and painting. Liszt coined the phrase ‘programme music’ in the mid-nineteenth century: «In programme music […] the returns, alterations, modifications, and modulations of the motif are conditioned by their relationship to a poetic idea» (Liszt, Gesammelte Schrifen, iv, p. 69). Nowadays the term ‘programme music’ is applied to any purely instrumental music that is based on any extra-musical ideas — such as those belonging to the spheres of literature or painting  — and is understood to exist in direct opposition to ‘absolute, instrumental music’.
This conference will focus on all forms of programme music as they emerged the beginning of the nineteenth century, until the turn of the twentieth. The scientific committee particularly welcomes proposals that address the themes listed below, although other, related topics are also welcome:

• Genres of Literature and Music: Fantastical Literature, Poetry, Prose, Narrative, Poem
• Influences of Visual Art on Music
• Programme Music versus Absolute Music: Theoretical and Aesthetic Issues
• French Programme Music from Berlioz to the Impressionism of Ravel and Debussy
• Myth and Mythology: Wagnerism and His Legacy in relation to Programme Music
• Descriptive Music and Orchestral Miniatures
• Symphonic Poems from Liszt until the Turn of the Century
• Programme Music and Nationalistic Influences

Programme Committee:
• Roberto Illiano (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
• Fulvia Morabito (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
• Luca Lévi Sala (Yale University, New Haven, CT)
• Rohan H. Stewart-MacDonald (Warwickshire, UK)

Keynote Speaker:

• Jonathan Kregor (University of Cincinnati, OH)
• Rainer Kleinertz (Universität des Saarlandes)

The official languages of the conference are English, French and Italian. Papers selected at the conference will be published in a miscellaneous volume.
Papers are limited to twenty minutes in length, allowing time for questions and discussion. Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and one page of biography.
All proposals should be submitted by email no later than ***Sunday 24 April 2016*** to <conferences@luigiboccherini.org>. With your proposal please include your name, contact details (postal address, e-mail and telephone number) and (if applicable) your affiliation.
The committee will make its final decision on the abstracts by the end of May 2016, and contributors will be informed immediately thereafter. Further information about the programme, registration, travel and accommodation will be announced after that date.
For any additional information, please contact:

Dr. Roberto Illiano
conferences@luigiboccherini.org
http://www.luigiboccherini.org/programmemusic.html

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