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Chopin in the 1840s: The Last Decade

Fryderyk Chopin Institute (Narodowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina), Warsaw, 6-8 December 2007


The main focus of the conference will be on the last decade of Chopin's
life and works, his late and last styles, and general issues surrounding
the notion of late style in artistic creativity. Keynote papers will be
given by Professor Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger (Neuchâtel), Professor
Katharine Ellis (London), and Professor Mieczyslaw Tomaszewski (Kraków).
Sessions will be organized under the following thematic headings:

1. (Re)constructing 1840s Paris

Possible subjects:  aesthetics; personalities; artistic circles; Paris
institutions such as the opera; the salon; the 1848 Revolution.

2. Chopin in the world of the 1840s

Possible subjects:  relations between Chopin and his family, friends and
pupils in France, Poland and Britain; reception of Chopin's music in
European and other countries.

3. Chopin's music in the 1840s

Possible subjects:  historical, analytical, interpretative and
philological approaches to Opp. 44-65 and other music from the period;
unpublished works; intertextual and inter-generic relations and resonances

4. Late style/last style

Possible subjects:  notions of 'late style' and 'last style' in music and
the other arts; defining Chopin's late/last styles; exploring Chopin's
creative personality in his final decade.

5. Free papers

Individual papers on any aspect of Chopin's life and music in Paris during
the 1840s.

We invite proposals for papers in the form of abstracts up to 500 words in
length. Papers will have a maximum duration of 25 minutes, and will be
delivered in one of the three following languages: English, Polish or
French. The deadline for the submission of proposals is 30 June 2007. The
text of all papers accepted by the Programme Committee must be submitted
to the Institute by 1 November 2007.

Accommodation will be provided for all participants during the conference.
The proceedings will be published and authors will receive a fee.
        
The conference administration is under the direction of Artur Szklener,
Academic Programme Coordinator of The Fryderyk Chopin Institute. For
further information, please contact at the following address: 
conference@nifc.pl

Programme Committee
Professor John Rink, Professor Mieczyslaw Tomaszewski

Director of the Institute
Grzegorz Michalski                

Marita Alban Juarez 
Narodowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina
conference@nifc.pl
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