The Great War 1914-1918 and Music. Compositional Strategies, Performing Practices, and Social Impacts

13th INTERNATIONAL MUSICOLOGICAL CONFERENCE OF THE CROATIAN MUSICOLOGICAL SOCIETY

THEME: The Great War 1914-1918 and Music. Compositional Strategies, Performing Practices, and Social Impacts

PLACE AND DATE: Zagreb, Croatia, October 25-27, 2017, Golden Hall of the Croatian Institute of History, 10 Opatička St. (Upper Town)

ORGANIZERS: Croatian Musicological Society, the Department for History of Croatian Music of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and the Croatian Institute of History

The Conference is organized on the occasion of the centennial years of the First World War (1914-1918)

The aim of the Conference is to consider music, the production of music, and broader musical-sociological tendencies before, during and after the Great War / First World War 1914-1918 based on research in primary and secondary documentation: musical works, musical/musicological writings, newspaper and periodical sources, iconography, private legacies, individual and collective memory, etc.

Main themes of the Conference will be:

  1. The First World War in Historiography in Croatia and Abroad
  2. Composing of Music at the end of the Belle Époque (i.e., at the end of the ‘long’ 19th century)
  3. Composing Music during the First World War
  4. Performing Music during the First World War
  5. Social Impacts on Music Production and the Mobility of Musicians during and after the First World War
  6. Stylistic and Aesthetic Changes in Art and Popular Music in Post-WWI Period

The conference invites interested scholars to share the results of their research within the framework of the following categories:

I. The First World War in Historiography in Croatia and Abroad

General historians and historians of music from Croatia and abroad who specialise in the period of the First World War, the period leading up to it, or the period of its aftermath,  are invited to offer results of their research and/or insight into the general socio-political context in Croatia, its neighbouring countries and in Europe at large, in which significant changes in the understanding, output and function of artistic production and music in particular, occurred during the period covering the late 19th century up to c. 1930.

 II. Composing of Music at the end of the Belle Époque (i.e., at the end of the ‘long’ 19th century)

Musicologists and other experts, who specialise in the period of late Romanticism and the beginnings of Modernism (c. 1900-1014) are invited to offer results of their research and/or insight into compositional determinants and their changes from, for example, Claude Debussy and Richard Strauss to Arnold Schönberg, early Stravinsky and Eric Satie in European, and from Ivan Zajc to Blagoje Bersa in Croatian compositional production.

III. Composing Music during the First World War

Musicologists and other experts specialising in Modernism and in the late outcomes of Romanticism (impressionism, expressionism, etc.), are invited to offer results of their research and/or insight into European or Croatian art music during the 1914-1918 war years, with special emphasis on the so-called ‘historical concerts’ held in Zagreb in 1916.

IV. Performing Music during the First World War

Musicologists and other experts specialising in the history of performance practices in great European centres such as Vienna, Paris, Berlin, London, Rome etc., as well as in bigger or smaller towns in Croatia during the 1914-1918 war period, are invited to offer results of their research and/or insight into changes in performing locations, intentions and ways of performing music in the context of  the specific social circumstances during the First World War (regular seasons; benefit concerts; propagandistic activities; flexibility and adaptability of the repertoires, etc.)

V. Social Impacts on Music Production and the Mobility of Musicians during and after the First World War

Musicologists and sociologists, who specialise in the social history of music and the sociology of music, are invited to offer results of their research and/or insight into changes in compositional strategies founded on drastically changed social contexts (new sensibilities; new political realities; changes in worldviews; encounters of different cultures; influence of American culture on the European culture; etc.) during the period from the First World War until the end of the 1920s. Welcome in particular is research on the mobility of musicians (composers, performers, organizers of musical events, etc.) resulting from changing and changed circumstances during and after WWI due to both individual (existential needs) and social plans (propagandistic and ideological motivations).

VI. Stylistic and Aesthetic Changes in Art and Popular Music in Post-WWI Period

Musicologists and other experts, who specialise in musical Modernism and the ‘first avant-garde’ (Schönberg, Berg, Webern, and others) in European art music and in their traces, protagonists and/or opponents in Croatian art music (Dragan Plamenac, Blagoje Bersa, Josip Štolcer Slavenski, neo-folklorists, and others) are invited to offer results of their research and/or insight into art music during the 1920s, as well as into the dissemination and affirmation of the phenomenon of popular music (jazz, pop songs, dance melodies, etc.) and its possible permeation of art music of the same period (forms, social appearance, personalities, etc.).

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS AND DEADLINES

Proposals containing the working title and abstract (300-400 words) for a 20-minute paper should be submitted by e-mail or by regular post, accompanied by a short CV in Croatian or English to:

  • Croatian Musicological Society, Opatička 18, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia

Website address: www.hmd-music.hr

2)   E-mail address of the Coordinator (Dr. Stanislav Tuksar): stanislavtuxar@gmail.com

The deadline is February 28, 2017.

The list of accepted participants will be announced by March 15, 2017.

LANGUAGES

The official languages of the conference will be Croatian and English.

 

FEE AND SOJOURN DETAILS

Participants coming from abroad pay the fee of € 50 or the equivalent value in local currency (HRK).

The organizers will provide midday meals during the conference for all participants.

It is expected that travel expenses to and from Zagreb and the accommodation arrangements and expenses will be covered by all participants themselves.

PROCEEDINGS

The organizers are planning to publish the multi-lingual Proceedings of the conference by November 2018.

CONTACTS

If needed, please send all other correspondence and queries to the official address or to the email contact address listed on the website of the Croatian Musicological Society, as indicated above. Email queries may also be addressed to the coordinator Dr. Stanislav Tuksar, or directly to other members of the Organizing Committee.

ORGANIZING AND PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

Dr. Nada Bezić, Croatian Music Institute, Zagreb

Dr. Vijoleta Herman Kaurić, Croatian Institute of History

Dr. Vjera Katalinić, Department for History of Croatian Music of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Dr. Koraljka Kos, Member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Dr. Sanja Majer-Bobetko, Department for History of Croatian Music of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Dr. Kristina Milković, Studia Croatica, University of Zagreb

Rozina Palić Jelavić, Department for History of Croatian Music of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Dr. Stanislav Tuksar, Member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (Coordinator)

Monika Jurić Janjik, Academy of Music, University of Zagreb (Secretary)

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