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The Past in the Present
Budapest, August 2000

International Musicological Society
Société Internationale de Musicologie
Internationale Gesellschaft für Musikwissenschaft

Intercongressional Symposium Budapest, August 23 - 28, 2000

The Past in the Present

NB: The deadline for proposals for papers and sessions is now 1 September 

The International Musicological Society in connection with the biannual
meeting of the study group Cantus Planus is preparing an
Intercongressional Symposium at Budapest with the main theme: The Past in
the Present. "Present" in this connection refers not only to the 20th
century but to any period in relation of its own past. The symposium aims
at scrutinizing the following main areas: 

How did a given part of the music history became timely in a given period?
How has it been rediscovered? How was it regarded? How did it become
alive? How was it reinterpreted and what was the role of this piece of
past in the music culture of the period? 

We are thinking primarily not of the continuous (and more or less
spontaneous) survival of the preceding tradition, but rather of the
phenomenon, when musicians grasped back over their musical heritage (more
or less consciously) to an earlier one (grandparent-effect). 

The symposium is to cover the following fields:

Composition: archaizing, historical inspiration, change of past means, 
meaning in new compositions;

Repertoire of music-making: exceptions in the old practice of performing
only "contemporaneous" music, survival of any kind of "prima prattica",
the transition from the old model to the modern practice covering the
entire music history; 

The picture of past in musicology: discovering of individual periods, the
start of source-based investigations, changes of evaluation of a given

The role of the past in everyday music making: folk and traditional music,
music education, entertainment music, light music of our age; 

Folkmusic and other spheres of "traditional music" are also involved in 
the themes:

How have they themselves become "past" for subsequent music styles?
How do they include elements of their own past (in so far as it can be 

The program is open also for free papers, but those connected to the main
theme are preferred. 

Joint sessions: Proposals of teams for purposefully planned sessions,
round tables with multi-period themes, and theme-groups are also

The proposed papers will be grouped into sessions according to the period
of reception ("the present"). 

Special sessions are reserved for free papers, grouped according to
related themes. 

The opening session is due on 23 August 2000 in the evening; the sessions
will take place on 24-26 and 28 August 2000. (Sunday is reserved for

The proposals are expected not later than 1 September 1999 (not 1 June, as
announced earlier) to the following address: 

Prof. László Dobszay, Institute for Musicology, H-1014 Budapest, 
Táncsics M. u. 7.=20

Fax: 6/1/375-9282. E-mail:

We ask you to include an abstract (in 10-12 lines) and personal
information (address, year of birth, job, research field, 2-3 most
important publications). Proposals for round-tables, joint sessions are
expected from the coordinator of the session; we kindly ask you to present
a concept (of a half page size) and the abstract of the connecting papers
and the personal data of the expected contributors. 

The Program Committee will come to a decision by 1 November 1999 and give
reply to the applicants without delay. 

László Dobszay, IMS Study Group "Cantus Planus"