VIVA V.E.R.D.I.: Music from Risorgimento to the Unification of Italy

VIVA V.E.R.D.I.: Music from Risorgimento to the Unification of Italy


International Conference

ORGANISED BY: Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Lucca; Municipality of Pistoia


DATES: 15-17 September 2011

LOCATION: Pistoia (Italy), San Giorgio Library


Call for papers

The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca (, under the auspices of the Municipality of Pistoia, is pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the symposium on “VIVA V.E.R.D.I.: Music from Risorgimento to the Unification of Italy”, to be held in Pistoia (Italy), San Giorgio Library, from Thursday 15 to Saturday 17 September 2011.

On the occasion of the 15oth anniversary of the unification of Italy, the Symposium aims to investigate the musical landscape of the Italian peninsula from Risorgimento to the formation of the unitary State. A particular aim of the conference is to explore the relationship between music and national identity, including both  great musical characters and popular music; Italian musical institutions of the mid-nineteenth century, and the relation between artistic output and the historical, political and social dynamics which culminated in the unification of Italy.

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


* Music and Italian National Identity

* Nineteenth-Century Opera and Patriotism

* Italian Melodrama and the Ramifications of Censorship

* Social and Political Protest Songs and Hymns

* Musicians and the Socio-Political Environment from Risorgimento to the Unification

* Risorgimental Sentiments in Italian Musical Salons

* Italian Identity and Musical Institutions

* The Tuscan Musical Environment in the Mid-Nineteenth Century



Lorenzo Frassà (Lucca), Roberto Illiano (Lucca), Fulvia Morabito (Lucca), Luca Sala (Paris/Poitiers), Massimiliano Sala (Pistoia)



Prof. Philip Gossett (University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ / University of Chicago)

Prof. Fiamma Nicolodi (University of Florence)


The official languages of the conference are English 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 emailed to <> no later than Monday 11 April 2011.

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 15th 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:

Dr Massimiliano Sala, President

Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini





Dr. Massimiliano Sala

Presidente Centro Studi Opera omnia Luigi Boccherini

Via Antonio Puccinelli, 27

I-51100 Pistoia