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Music's Intellectual History: Founders, Followers & Fads
New York, March 2005


First conference of the Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale
The City University of New York Graduate Center
17-19 March 2005

In early 2004, the Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) will
publish the volume Speaking of Music: Music Conferences from 1835 to 1966, which will
provide a fascinating window on the intellectual history of music scholarship. The
volume guides readers through papers on music presented at some 500 international
conferences, bringing to light a variety of trends and ideas in musicological and
ethnomusicological inquiry from the heyday of Romanticism through the dawn of
modernism to the multicultural and multidisciplinary movements of the mid-20th
century. This volume, chronicling 130 years of music scholarship's intellectual
history, will provide a starting point for the conference, which aims to assess
changing attitudes and viewpoints in writings on music from antiquity to the present

Proposals are invited for papers on the following topics:

* The attitudes of writers toward music history in antiquity, the Middle Ages, and
  the Renaissance
* The founders of modern music scholarship: Historians of the 18th and 19th centuries
* Music scholarship and its parallels with histories of other humanistic disciplines
  (art history, anthropology, literary criticism, history, etc.)
* (Re)writing music history in the postcolonial and post-communist world
* New musicology
* Ethnomusicology and musicology in the Americas
* Relating the present to the past: From studies of musical folklore to modern
* Reference books as a mirror of national music histories. How objective and balanced
  are these (self-)portraits of national music histories in general encyclopedias,
  and how do they change through successive editions? 
* What can reference works from the past tell us about the reception history of
  composers? Why are composers' biographies being rewritten?

Abstracts of 200-300 words may be submitted before 1 June 2004 to:

	Zdravko Blazekovic
	RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
	The City University of New York Graduate School
	365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016-4309, USA
	Telephone: +1-212/817-1992, Fax: +1-212/817-1569

The conference will take place at the Graduate Center of the City University of New
York. Proposals are invited for individual papers and entire sessions. For further
information visit RILM's site at

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