The European Sound In The Era Of Liszt: the Musical Tour In The Nineteenth Century

International Conference



ORGANISED BY: Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Lucca, and Villa Medici Giulini, Briosco (MB)

in association with: Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française, Venice

under the auspices of: Fondazione Istituto Liszt, Bologna


DATES: 30 September – 2 October 2011


LOCATION: Villa Medici Giulini, Briosco (Monza/Brianza)


The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca (<>) and Villa Medici Giulini (<>), in association with Palazzetto Bru Zane-Centre de musique romantique française of Venice (<>), and under the auspices of the Fondazione Istituto Liszt of Bologna (<>), is pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the symposium on «The European Sound in the Era of Liszt: The Musical Tour in the Nineteenth Century» to be held in Villa Medici Giulini, Briosco (MB), from Friday 30th September until Sunday 2nd October 2011.


The Symposium aims to investigate different facets of the musical tour in Europe as a phenomenon of the nineteenth century. Taking as its point of departure Franz Liszt’s career as a touring piano virtuoso, composer, conductor and teacher, the conference will explore various composers’ and performers’s European tours; these tours’ relationships with the most important musical centres during the period; the influence of various instrumental approaches and their impact on the development of taste, and Liszt’s own performing style, together with his role as a teacher and as a conductor.


Villa Medici Giulini contains an important collection of keyboard instruments that illustrates the history of the modern pianoforte.  The collection traces the development of the harpsichord, organ and fortepiano within the two major Viennese and French schools. The collection is housed in the halls of the Villa, constructed in 1643 for the Attendolo-Bolognini family and acquired in the mid-nineteenth century by the Medici di Marignano. The Villa is now owned by the Giulini family.

This collection offers a unique experience, namely the opportunity of hearing the different instruments: these sound different and new each time.

Further information on the collection can be viewed via the following link:



Although other topics are welcome, the programme committee encourages submissions within the following areas:

· The Musical Tour in Europe during the Nineteenth Century

· European Instruments and Sound: the Development of the Musical Taste

· The Piano Industry in the Nineteenth Century: Organological Matters, Piano Markets, Musical Business

· The European Piano Schools and the Virtuosity

· Liszt and the Concert Life in Europe

· Franz Liszt’s Performing Style

· The Legacy of Franz Liszt



· Alexandre Dratwicki, Venice

· Nicolas Dufetel, Weimar-Jena/Angers

· Lorenzo Frassà, Lucca

· Roberto Illiano, Lucca

· Fulvia Morabito, Lucca

· Luca Sala, Paris/Poitiers

· Massimiliano Sala, Pistoia


· Florence Gétreau (CNRS/IRPFM, Paris)

· Pierre Goy (Haute École de Music/HEMU, Vaud Valais Fribourg)

· Leon Plantinga (Yale University, New Haven, CT)


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 sent by email by no later than Saturday 14 May 2011 to: <>.

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 decisions on the abstracts by the 30th of May 2011 and contributors will be informed immediately thereafter.

Further information about the programme, registration, travel and accommodation will be announced by the end of June 2011.


For additional information about the conference, see <>


If you have any questions, please contact:

Dott.ssa Fulvia Morabito

Via delle Tagliate di San Marco 617F

55100 Lucca