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Bruges - Venice: Music in Two Urban Mosaics
Bruges, December 2001


International Colloquium
Bruges, 14-16 December 2001


The Alamire Foundation (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium) is organizing an
international colloquium which will focus on the rich musical history of both
Bruges and Venice. These two cities are often compared with one another. Rightly
or wrongly, Bruges is sometimes labelled the 'Venice of the North', and not only
because of physical similarities: economically and politically as well the two
cities must be reckoned among Europe's most prominent centres. In addition, both
were exceptional cultural and musical melting pots. Bruges's musical boom took
place primarily in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Many famous composers resided
there for a shorter or longer period (Guillaume Du Fay, Jacob Obrecht, Adriaan
Willaert, Lupus Hellinck, Clemens non Papa, etc.) and numerous musical sources
have been preserved: the Gruuthuse manuscript, the Lucca choirbook (I: Las 238),
the Songbook of Zeghere van Male (F: Ca 125-8). Whereas Bruges's leading position
started to wane after 1600, Venice remained, from Monteverdi to Vivaldi, a
European focal point, maintaining the reputation it had established in the 16th
century under the impulse of, among others, Adriaan Willaert and also as the
cradle of music printing.

The colloquium aims to present papers that shed new light on the music history of
either of these cities during the Ancien Régime (Bruges and Venice separately or
concerning mutual contacts, influences or interaction). All aspects of musical
life enter into consideration, from production and performance to consumption and
reception, and the theme is not restricted to the major composers or principal
institutions. Indeed, musical life took place in the most diverse places and on
several (often overlapping) social levels. Accordingly, papers that discuss music
within the complex overall picture of the 'urban mosaic' or take an
interdisciplinary approach will be particularly welcomed.

Proposals for individual papers (20 min.) or for sessions are to be sent to the
address below before 1 June 2001. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words. English
will be the preferred language for the colloquium.

A selection of the papers will be published in the Yearbook of the Alamire
Foundation, vol. 6 (to appear in June 2002).

Venue: Bruges

Scientific & organizing committee
ˇ	Bonnie Blackburn (Oxford University)
ˇ	Ignace Bossuyt (K.U.Leuven)
ˇ	Bruno Bouckaert (K.U.Leuven), chairman
ˇ	David Bryant (Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venezia)
ˇ	Tim Carter (Royal Holloway)
ˇ	Alphonse Dewitte (Bruges)
ˇ	Ellen Rosand (Yale University)
ˇ	Katelijne Schiltz (K.U.Leuven)
ˇ	Eugeen Schreurs (K.U.Leuven)
ˇ	Reinhard Strohm (Oxford University)
ˇ	Philippe Vendrix (CERS Tours)
ˇ	Henri Vanhulst (U.L.Bruxelles)

Registration, information and proposals for papers

Alamire Foundation (International Centre for the Study of Music in the Low

Patrick Lenaers
Mgr. Ladeuzeplein 21
B-3000 Leuven
Tel: (00)32-16-32.46.61
Fax: (00)32-16-32.47.06

Colloquium website