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9th International Music Theory Conference: Principles of Music Composing: Orchestra as a Phenomenon

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9th International Music Theory Conference

Principles of Music Composing: Orchestra as a Phenomenon

April 22-24, 2009

Vilnius, Lithuania

The purpose of the conference is to give new impulses to the development of musicological thought, which could serve to compositional practice and teaching process. The seven preceding conferences took place in Vilnius (Principles of Music Composing: Theory and Practice 1999; Principles of Music Composing: Between Ethno and Techno 2001; Principles of Music Composing: Continuity and Innovation in Contemporary Music 2002; Principles of Music Composing: Aspects of Historical Spread 2004; Principles of Music Composing: Creative process 2005; Principles of Music Composing: Phenomenon of a Cycle 2006; Principles of Music Composing: Musical Text 2007, Principles of Music Composing: Musical Archetypes 2008).

Sub themes:

  1. Orchestral conceptions:
    1. a)      Approach of musicology to orchestra and orchestral nature (conceptions, notions, terminology);
    2. b)      Possibility for the definition of orchestra (orchestra – ensemble – soloist).
  1. Orchestra as a cultural tradition:
    1. a)      Orchestras of world regions (symphonic, gamelan, gagaku, ‘ethno‘, etc.);
    2. b)      Specific features of orchestral playing;
    3. c)      Possibilities for symbiosis of orchestral cultural types.
  1. Historical signs in the evolution of orchestra (orchestral school, style, genre, work, arrangement, etc.).
  1. Orchestra in the field of researches in acoustics and psychological perception.
  1. Functional and timbre possibilities of orchestra (orchestral structure, instruments, synthesis of timbres, etc.).
  1. Principles of orchestral thinking in contemporary music.

Paper proposals (abstract together with a short biography) should be sent to Mr. Marius Baranauskas: mbaranaus@yahoo.com . The abstract must not exceed 500 words. The duration of papers will be limited to 20 minutes, leaving 10 minutes for questions and discussions. Please indicate whether your proposal belongs to one or more of the conference sub themes.

The deadline for proposal submissions is March 8, 2009. The proposals will be reviewed by members of the organizing committee and all applicants will be notified of the outcome in the middle of March 2009.

The main language of the conference is English.

The material of the conference – abstracts and papers will be published.    



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