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A silhouette (in white) of Founder's Tower, on a background illustrating a musical theme. Royal Holloway, University of London

Polish Music Since 1945

An International Conference hosted by the Music Department of Canterbury Christ Church University

30 April - 2 May 2009


An international conference on 'Polish Music since 1945' will be hosted by the Music Department of Canterbury Christ Church University, from Thursday 30 April to Saturday 2 May 2009. This is the first international conference on Polish Music organized by a British University, and will coincide with and augment the long-established Sounds New Music Festival, based in Canterbury. The 2009 festival will focus on and celebrate contemporary Polish music. Krzysztof Penderecki <http://www.culture.pl/en/culture/artykuly/os_penderecki_krzysztof> will be in residence during the festival, and one of the many highlights will feature this renowned composer conducting his 'St Luke Passion' in Canterbury Cathedral. He will also participate in the conference.

The conference is in association with:

The Sounds News Music Festival
The Institute of Musical Research (IMR)

The conference aims to bring together scholars, composers and performers with interests in post-war Polish music. A wide range of contributions will be considered, including:

i) paper presentations (20 minutes, plus 10 minutes question time)
ii) lecture recitals (40 minutes to 1 hour maximum, including question time)
iii) panel sessions (1 hour, with no more than four papers, including question time)

The conference key-note address will be delivered by Professor Adrian Thomas (Cardiff University).

Proposals are invited on topics that address specific compositional and/or analytical aspects of individual composers, repertoires, genres, styles and performance practice. Papers that are more historical or sociological in nature are also welcome, as are those dealing with the broader contexts within which contemporary Polish music has evolved. Possible themes might include, but are not limited to:

* Compositional practice of Polish composers, such as Penderecki, Górecki, Lutoslawski and Panufnik, among many others.
* Polish film music
* Jazz, popular and 'world' musics in Poland
* Music, politics and identity in the Soviet and post-Soviet eras
* The global influence of Polish music

The official language of the conference will be English.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is Friday 31 October 2008. Successful contributors will be notified via email by late November 2008.

Abstracts should be submitted via email (preferably as plain text - only attachments in .rtf format will be accepted) to the conference organiser, Dr. Eva Mantzourani at: eva.mantzourani@canterbury.ac.uk

Postal correspondence should be addressed to: Dr. Eva Mantzourani, Department of Music, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, CT1 1QU, United Kingdom.

Selection committee:

Professor Charles Bodman Rae (Elder Professor of Music, Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide)
Professor Arnold Whittall (Emeritus Professor, Kings College, University of London)
Professor Roderick Watkins (Canterbury Christ Church University)
Dr Charles Wilson (Cardiff University)
Dr Eva Mantzourani (Canterbury Christ Church University)

For updates and further details visit the conference website: www.cccupolishmusicconference.org.uk

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