Musical Instruments Resource Network (MIRN) conference ‘The Life Cycle of Musical Instruments’

Musical Instruments Resource Network (MIRN) Conference

Theme: The Life Cycle of Musical Instruments and MIRN’s first Q&A surgery

Date: Thursday, 12th October, 2017

Venue: Horniman Museum and Gardens, London, SE23 3PQ

Further information and updates: https://mirn.org.uk/events/

Musical instruments can have curious and complex biographies! They often accumulate layers of wear, accretion, repair and modification, presenting challenges to all who come into contact with them.

This conference will explore the myriad ways that musical instruments have been adapted to extend their working lives, and the rationale behind such adaptations. What are the outcomes when new and old materials and past and present working practices meet? What values are relevant when we repair or change musical instruments, and how do we formulate an approach to accretions and interventions?

MIRN invites contributions from musicians, dealers, instrument makers/restorers, conservators, researchers and curators who have played on or worked with instruments that have undergone change, or who have themselves been agents in that change. Contributions may address general issues, relay a specific case history, or be a combination of both. Presentations may take the form of 5 minute (plus 5 minutes questions), 10 minute (plus five minutes questions) or 20 minute (plus 10 minutes questions) talks or talk/demonstrations. Panel discussions of 60 or 90 minutes, examining one issue or instrument from a variety of perspectives would also be welcome.

Following the presentations, MIRN will hold its first musical instrument Q&A surgery where members of the audience, who may bring (small) instruments or photographs with them, will be invited to pose questions to a panel of specialists. NB It will not be possible to accommodate questions regarding the valuation of individual instruments.

The conference day will be brought to a close with MIRN’s AGM to which all members are invited, followed by a social hour at a nearby pub.

Submit proposals by 5pm BST 10th June 2017 to enquiries@mirn.org.uk with the subject line: CONF2017.

Proposal submission guidelines:

  • For 5 minute presentations: not to exceed 250 words
  • For 10 minute presentations: not to exceed 300 words
  • For 20 minute presentations: not to exceed 400 words
  • For panel discussions of 60 minutes: 3-4 speakers, submit one proposal not exceeding 450 words.
  • For panel discussions of 90 minutes: 4-6 speakers, submit one proposal not exceeding 500 words.

All proposals must include the proposer’s name, address, email address and institutional affiliation (if any). Each must state clearly the type of presentation for which application is being made. All prospective panel members must be listed and their individual details included as above. All proposals must be submitted electronically as Microsoft or Microsoft-compatible WORD documents attached to an email. Acceptances will be notified by 1st July.

The conference registration fee will be £25 (MIRN members), £20 (MIRN members who are retired, students or unwaged) or £30 (non-members), to include all presentations, lunch, coffee, tea and a tour of the Horniman Music Gallery. Registration will open in July.

Updates and further information at https://mirn.org.uk/events/

Creating music across cultures in the 21st century

CALL FOR PAPERS:

Creating music across cultures in the 21st century

Istanbul Technical University, 25-27 May 2017

In the context of one of the world’s most organic melting pots, Istanbul, The Centre for Advanced Studies in Music, Istanbul Technical University, will host an international conference, in partnership with the European Research Council funded project “Beyond East and West,” May 25-27, 2017.

No music is an island.  Since time immemorial, cultures have traded and mixed musics across their domains, yet only in the 21st century have people around the world gained instant and virtually free access to musics beyond those of their neighbors.  The history of these mixings has been marked by a plethora of descriptors, some benign and others acerbic.  Depending on one’s perspective, the “other” musics span the gamut of primitive (“first”), Oriental, classical, art, learned, popular, etc.  Their mixtures have been termed synthetic, syncretic, trans-traditional, trans-cultural, intercultural, cross-cultural, borrowed, or globalized.  The oral and the literate have been contrasted, while the exotic has been vilified.  Quests for musical beauty and knowledge have been shaped by political, economic and social, hegemonic forces.  We are now at a point where, for the first time in history, the playing field has reached a new level of equity, with widespread access to a majority of the world’s traditions, on a scale radically different from a mere generation ago.

We invite proposals for papers (20-minute presentation plus 10-minute discussion) on any topic related to the mixing of musics from different musical traditions.  In addition to mixtures of maqam, raga, and other art traditions, we encourage proposals concerning the incorporation of “folk,” “traditional,” and “low-technology” musics in our 21st-century milieu. Our conference will be Interdisciplinary, and we welcome proposals from composers, performers, improvisers, musicologists, critical theorists, music philosophers, ethnomusicologists, and—especially—etcetera.  While springing from a notated art music tradition, we welcome other perspectives, oral traditions, and boundary stretchers.

Deadline: Please send a 250-word abstract to Robert Reigle, rreigle@gmail.com, with subject heading “Creating Music across Cultures-Abstract,” by 6 March 2017.  We will announce acceptances by 20 March.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Münir Nurettin Beken, Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of California, Los Angeles.

Programme committee: Prof. Amanda Bayley, Prof. Şehvar Beşiroğlu, Prof. Sandeep Bhagwati, Dr. Michael Ellison, Dr. E. Şirin Özgün, Dr. Robert F. Reigle.

Website: http://www.miam.itu.edu.tr/cmac2017/index.html

Conference Fee: Full conference, 3 days: €60 / 200-Turkish Lira; 2 days: €40 / 140-TL; 1 day: €20 / 70-TL.

(€ international/TL local rates).  Free for students, both international and local.

We gratefully acknowledge funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant no. 648810), and MIAM Centre for Advanced Studies in Music.

International conference for PhD students

International conference for PhD students

 “Musicology (in)action: Past musics, present practices, future prospects”

 Thessaloniki, 9 – 11 February 2018

 The Department of Music Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Department of Music Science and Art of the University of Macedonia will host, under the auspices of the Hellenic Musicological Society, an international conference for PhD students entitled “Musicology (in)action: Past musics, present practices, future prospects” in Thessaloniki, Greece, from 9 to 11 of February 2018.

 

Call for papers

In recent years, musicology has tested its boundaries, objects of study, and, indeed, prospected future through the constant questioning of its subfields, themes, and methodological underpinnings. At the same time, this interrogative process has also been one of constant development of new, often interdisciplinary methodological approaches, frequently extending their grasp on new or hitherto neglected musical repertoires. It is this ambiguous state of conditions that the novice in the field of musicological research faces in her/his everyday effort to situate her/his own research within a constantly changing disciplinary environment. This conference aims to bring together fresh ideas of new researchers in an attempt to help them secure their position with respect to the ongoing discourse of musicology’s saga and with an eye to the future prospects of the field.

 

We welcome proposals of PhD students for 20-minute paper presentations or 40- to 80-minute panel presentations (of up to four participants), addressing a variety of old and new(er) research topics from the broad field of musicology (e.g. historical and cultural musicology, music theory and analysis, ethnomusicology and musical anthropology, music psychology, computational musicology, music philosophy and aesthetics). Proposals on topics that cross the strict intra- or inter-disciplinary boundaries of musicology are also welcomed.

Proposals and inquiries should be submitted to the following email address:

conf.phd.2018@gmail.com

 

Proposals for paper presentations should include:

– name of participant(s) and institutional affiliation(s)

– abstract (up to 300 words)

– brief CV (up to 100 words)

 

Proposals for panel presentations should include:

– name of participants and institutional affiliations

– general abstract of proposed panel presentation (up to 300 words)

– individual abstract of each participant’s presentation (up to 300 words)

– brief CV of each participant (up to 100 words)

 

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSAL SUBMISSION: 30 May 2017

NOTIFICATION OF APPROVAL: No later than 15 July 2017

PARTICIPATION FEE: PhD students: 50 euros, undergraduate and master’s students: 30 euros

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: English

For more information on the reviewing committee, the venue of the conference, etc. please visit the conference’s website (which is under construction):

http://conferences.lib.auth.gr/ICMDR/index/index

 

ACADEMIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE:

Chardas Konstantinos

Nika-Sampson Evanthia

Pastiadis Konstantinos

Vouvaris Petros

 

COORDINTAING COMMITTEE

Kalaitzidou Stamatia

Spanoudakis Dimosthenis

Toumanidou Katerina

Trouka Dimitra

Zlatkou Vasiliki

 

ORGANISING COMMITTEE

Apostolou Andreas Foivos

Authentopoulou Despoina

Banteka Dimitra

Diminakis Nikos

Karamanidis Charalampos

Nikolaidis Nikos

Ntousiopoulou Antigoni

Ntovas Christos

Pouris Christos

Roumpi Antonia

Savvidou Charoula

Scarlatou Chrysa

Seglias Zisis

Sidiropoulou Christina

Sotiriadis Theophilos

Tasoudis Dimitris

Research Hands on FLUTE

Research Hands on FLUTE

Research ‘Hands on’ FLUTE is a meeting dedicated to the area of the flute, and is unique due to its symbiosis between two types of meetings: the convention, of an artistic nature which concentrates on a particular instrument (such as the British Flute Society Convention 2016, for example) and the traditional academic research conference, but focusing on an instrumental area. ‘Hands on’ Flute aims to bridge the gap between artistic production and academic research, creating opportunities to combine the artists’ and the researchers’ knowledge, for mutual benefit. This first meeting will take place at the University of Aveiro from April 10th to 13th, 2017.

 

Call for Proposals

The University of Aveiro, INET-md (Institute of Ethnomusicology, Centre for Studies in Music and Dance) and the Associação Portuguesa de Flautas, will host the research meeting Research ‘Hands on’ FLUTE, in Aveiro, Portugal, from the 10th to the 13th of April, 2017.

This research meeting aims to bring artistic production and academic research closer together, creating opportunities to combine the artists’ and the researchers’ knowledge, which will have benefits for all. The invited keynotes speakers and performers, who have already confirmed, are: Sophie Cherrier; Paolo Taballione; Mario Caroli; Sibel Pensel; Berten Dhollander; Monica Finco; Christine Erlander Beard; Michele Gori; Stefano Parrino; Francesco Parrino; Qi Wang; Marco Gaudino; Luca Bellini (as soon as new names are confirmed they will be added to this list).

This first edition in 2017 focuses on the vast instrumental area of the flute – historical and modern performance practices, repertoire, pedagogy, aesthetics, ethnomusicology, history, analysis, organology and interpretation. Proposals that centre on performance practices as research are particularly welcome. Lecture-recitals are the most natural format for these proposals.

The conference organisers accept submissions in Portuguese and Spanish, although English is preferable. Proposals that focus on the above aspects are particularly encouraged, although other proposals may also be accepted, once they lie within the general theme of the meeting. Proposals that focus on any research area relating to flute performance will also be considered.

Proposals should be submitted via the platform Easy Chair, formatted according to the nature of the proposal (in order to fulfil the form, the applicants should first create an Easy Chair account):

  • Lecture Recitals: The abstract should include information regarding the duration of the presentation, which may be between 30 and 45 minutes, and a short artistic CV of the presenter(s). These submissions may also include a link to a Youtube video of the proposed performance (you may choose to upload your video as ‘unlisted’, ‘private viewing’ or ‘public viewing’). The link must be included in the field ‘other documents’ on the platform. The proposer must also specify any technical requirements or materials necessary for the recital.
  • Papers: Communications will be of a 20 minute duration. The abstract should contain a maximum of 350 words.
  • Recitals: Recitals will have a maximum duration of 30 minutes. You must send a recording/demo, which will be evaluated by the Artistic and Scientific Commission. Please include a short artistic CV of the performer(s). These submissions must include a link to a Youtube video of the proposed performance (you may choose to upload your video as ‘unlisted’, ‘private viewing’ or ‘public viewing’). The link must be included in the field ‘other documents’ on the platform. You must also specify any technical requirements or materials necessary for the recital.
  • Panels: In addition to the abstract and/or media, please send details regarding the panel participants, including their institutional affiliations, and the themes of each individual presentation. The total duration of the panel, including debate, should not exceed 90 minutes.
  • Presentation of Projects: The organising committee does not stipulate any particular model for these abstracts, but recommends that the proposals include information regarding the context, objectives, methods and results.
  • Demonstration of pedagogical approaches: These demonstrations should be of a 20 minute duration. Abstracts must not exceed 350 words.
  • Workshops: Please send a description and the duration of your proposed workshop.
  • Performative Installations: Abstracts should not exceed 350 words. Please use the field ‘other documents’ on the Easy Chair platform to upload your technical/material requirements. The installations could be made available during the four days of the meeting.

Should you have any queries (registration, travel, accommodation), please do not hesitate to contact us at deca-hands_on@ua.pt

Important Deadlines

The deadline for proposal submission is February 15th, 2017.

The acceptance of proposals, following a process of evaluation by the scientific and artistic commission, will be communicated no later than February 28th, 2017, with proposals from outside Europe being notified as quickly as possible.

The selected authors will be invited to submit an article or recording to the book of conference proceedings (with audio-visual support). All articles and recordings must be submitted by April 30th, 2017.

 

Organization

Associação Portuguesa de Flautas (APF)

Departamento de Comunicação e Arte

Instituto de Etnomusicologia Centro de Estudos em Música e Dança (INET-md)
Universidade de Aveiro

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Álvaro Sousa

International Ernst von Dohnányi Day

International Ernst von Dohnányi Day
December 7, 2017

Institute for Musicology of the Research Center for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest

Invitation
The Archives for 20th−21st Century Hungarian Music of the Institute for Musicology in Budapest, (Hungarian Academy of Sciences RCH) kindly invites researchers and performers to take part in the conference „International Ernst von Dohnányi Day” held for the 140th anniversary of the world-famous Hungarian composer, pianist, conductor and teacher. The Dohnányi Day is going to be followed by a three-day international conference on Zoltán Kodály at the same institution (to be advertised soon) for which the participates of the Dohnányi Day are warmly welcome.

Topics
The symposium concentrates on the following themes, but proposals on other aspects of Dohnányi’s music are also welcome. Alongside scholarly presentations, the organizing committee encourages performers to submit proposals on lecture recitals.

– romanticism, belatedness in composition in the long 19th and 20th century
– influences in Dohnányi’s style;
– the performer Dohnányi and performing Dohnányi;
– Dohnányi’s relationships in European and American musical life.

The proposals
Proposals for individual papers (20 minutes and discussion) and lecture-recitals (35 minutes), should be sent as abstracts (max 500 words) to dohnanyiday2017@gmail.com with contact information and a short CV of the author. The deadline for submitting proposals is 15th April, 2017. Authors will be contacted by July 15th 2017 with the acceptance decisions. Scholars are welcome to do preliminary researches in the Dohnányi-collection of the Archives for 20th−21st Century Hungarian Music of the Institute for Musicology in Budapest. Further information about travel and accommodation will be announced after 15th July 2017.

Organizing Committee
Veronika Kusz
Anna Dalos
Ferenc János Szabó

Contact
Veronika Kusz: kuszveronika@gmail.com; kusz.veronika@btk.mta.hu

The Soundscape of Early Modern Venice

International Conference
Venice, 25–27 May 2017

Organised by the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage), in collaboration with the Archivio Storico del Patriarcato di Venezia, the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Spazio Svizzero in Venice

CALL FOR PAPERS
Deadline for proposals: 30 November 2016

On basis of new perspectives offered by urban history, humanistic geography and historical anthropology, the conference aims to bring together inter- and multidisciplinary approaches to the significance of “soundscape” in the context of the rich and complex urban system of early modern Venice. As a supreme example of “ceremonial city”, Venice is particularly suitable for investigating how soundscape interacts with urban space in the creation of an elaborate social and cultural identity.

The conference forms part of ‘The Sound of Eternity. A Digital Platform for the Polyphonic Choir-Books of the Ducal Chapel of St Mark’s, Venice’, a research project funded by the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, in continuation of ‘The Sound of Eternity. Investigating the Choir Books of the Ducal Chapel of St Mark’s, Venice’, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

The official languages of the conference are English and Italian.

Suggested topics for the conference include:
Soundscape and urban identity
Sound and civic ceremonial
Sound and space in urban life
Sound and the “Myth of Venice”
Tradition and innovation in urban soundscape
Urban sound and cultural patronage
The economics of sound in performance
Methodological perspectives

Selected papers will be published in English in a dedicated, peer-reviewed volume (to be published by Brepols, Turnhout, in the new series Venetian Music Studies).

Please email proposals (250-350 words) for 20-minute papers (with 10 minutes for questions and discussion) as well as a short biography to

soundscape2017@unive.it

Further updates and conference information will be available (from January 2017) on the conference website (which will continue to be updated with details about costs, events and accommodation as the conference draws nearer):

vmo.unive.it/soundscape2017

Accepted proposals will be announced before 15 December 2016.

Organising Committee
David Bryant, Augusto Celentano, Luigi Collarile, Renzo Orsini
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Please address all queries to:
David Bryant – david.bryant@unive.it
Luigi Collarile – luigi.collarile@unive.it

Church Music and Musicians in Britain 1660-1900: “Between the Chapel and the Tavern”

A Conference sponsored jointly by Canterbury Christ Church University and Canterbury Cathedral for performers and scholars to discuss new research and practice.

20th-23rd June 2017

Call for Papers

The deadline for receipt of abstracts (see below) is Monday 31 October 2016; selection will be made by Monday 28th November 2016.

All presentations must be given in English. The programme committee invites proposals related to one or more of the following key themes:

  • Music: new scholarship on composers, performers and repertoire in Britain 1660-1900.
  • Performance Practice: Music & Liturgy; vocal and instrumental forces.
  • Socio-historical perspectives: senses of identity and community; patronage, subscription, & freelance incomes; class and culture in church & cathedral music; social and musical mobility; cross-fertilisation between sacred and secular music-making.
  • Church and cathedral music in the provinces: local narratives, connections, cultures and legacies (especially Canterbury-related).
  • Aesthetics, philosophy and theology of church music 1660-1900.
  • Interdisciplinarity and performativity: liturgical music, drama and dance; singers and instrumentalists in liturgical contexts; music and sacred space.
  • Training and education: pedagogy, philosophy, function.
  • Written music: manuscript, printing, publishing and copyright studies.
  • Sacred and secular: intersections/exchanges; church music and politics; civic and sacred performances; local, national, colonial and post-colonial issues.
  • Reception: criticism, regard and neglect.

Abstracts for individual papers (of 20 minutes’ duration) of approximately 250 words should be preceded by the following information: name; institution (as appropriate); postal address; phone; email address; title.

Abstracts should be emailed to: cmmc@canterbury.ac.uk.

Conference features

  • Keynote Speaker: Prof. Rachel Cowgill, University of Huddersfield.
  • Accommodation in the International Study Centre (in the Precincts of the Cathedral).
  • Conference Dinner in the Claggett Auditorium, ISC.
  • An evening with the Canterbury Catch Club: excellent food, drink and convivial song (participation welcomed, though not compulsory) in the timbered upper room of a 15th-century local hostelry.
  • A Conference Concert reflecting the dual nature of the music and musicians under discussion in the superb chamber music space of St Gregory’s Centre for Music, CCCU, given by Cathedral musicians.
  • Free access for Conference Delegates to Cathedral, Precincts, Library, and Archives.
  • Cathedral Evensongs integrated into the Conference schedule.

Programme Committee:

  • Chris Price (co-chair): Senior Lecturer, Canterbury Christ Church University & Tenor Lay Clerk, Canterbury Cathedral.
  • Dr David Newsholme (co-chair): Assistant Organist & Director of the Cathedral Girls Choir, Canterbury Cathedral.
  • Canon Chris Irvine: Canon Librarian, Canterbury Cathedral.
  • Christopher Gower, FRCO, FCM: former Organist of Peterborough Cathedral.

Any queries should be addressed to cmmc@canterbury.ac.uk.

Piano Accompaniment in Practice

 

Call for Papers & Pianists
Piano Accompaniment in Practice
A Symposium with Masterclass by Malcolm Martineau OBE
 
 
Middleton Hall & Recital Room
University of Hull, UK
 
 
Friday 11th & Saturday 12th November 2016
 
 
Recent years have seen significant developments in studies on chamber ensemble rehearsal and performance; however, the function of the pianist in the duo chamber ensemble and, more specifically, in their capacity as a piano accompanist, is still a relatively unexplored area of research. The purpose of this two-day symposium is to bring together researchers and practitioners to explore piano accompaniment practices. The event will feature renowned soprano Sarah Fox and international piano accompanist Malcolm Martineau OBE who will present both a Friday lunchtime concert as well as a concert on Friday evening presented in conjunction with Hull Chamber Music. In addition, Mr Martineau will conduct a masterclass for pianists and their duo partners following the Friday lunchtime concert. The Saturday symposium will include spoken presentations (20 minutes), poster presentations and lecture-recitals (30 minutes) relating but not restricted to the following aspects of piano accompaniment:
 
·         instrumental and/or vocal accompaniment
·         the pianist in the duo chamber ensemble context
·         the pianist as a collaborative artist
·         pedagogical and empirical studies
·         techniques, skills and attributes
·         perceptions and expectations
 
The Friday masterclass will focus on piano accompaniment skills and techniques through work with selected duo ensembles (instrumental/vocal with piano). The selection process will include consideration of programming with the aim to incorporate as many different duo combinations as possible in the class. The masterclass will be in 30-minute slots, therefore a short excerpt (up to 5 minutes) from any duo work is the recommended duration for participants. Applications should be submitted by duo ensembles (instrumentalist/vocalist and pianist) and should include a short statement (250 words) detailing ensemble experience and proposed repertoire for the masterclass with supporting video file of a recent duo performance (up to 10 minutes duration).
 
Submission deadline for symposium abstracts (250 words) for spoken/poster presentations and lecture-recitals as well as masterclass participation applications: Friday 1 July 2016. Contributions are welcome from researchers and practitioners at all levels, and are especially encouraged from postgraduate students and practitioners or researchers early on in their careers.
 
For further information or to apply to participate, please contact the Symposium Organiser:
Evgenia Roussou, School of Drama, Music & Screen, University of Hull, HU6 7RX, UK

International Conference of Young Musicologists. Young Musicology Today: tendencies, challenges and perspectives

The aim of the conference is to integrate the musicological community through the creation of an international forum for exchanging ideas and research experiences. We encourage young musicologists to present results from ongoing studies and to engage in discussion on the future of musicology, its role and place in the contemporary culture. Currently, musicology, which is not only the study of music, is starting to perform social functions, becoming not only a field of scientific inquiry but one of use to society. During the conference, we would like to consider new avenues of research, new methodologies of musicologists’ work, and the challenges and career prospects faced by musicologists entering the labour market. It will also be an opportunity to consider the subject areas of interest to young musicology.

Subject areas for consideration include

  • New research perspectives in musicology
  • Music versus other arts
  • Music in the public space (sonosphere research)
  • Music in society (music and ideologies)
  • Music and the sacred
  • Music and science (e.g. psychology of music)
  • Challenges of modern ethnomusicology
  • The state and the form of contemporary music criticism
  • Source studies and music editing
  • Music librarianship – issues and challenges
  • Performance practice
  • Theory of music
  • Music and pop culture
  • Opera nowadays

The conference will incorporate both traditional lectures and panel discussions, during which groups of researchers conducting a joint project or studying similar subjects will be able to present the results of their studies or discuss a specific subject. We encourage the participants to organise their own panel sessions during the conference (due to time constraints, we suggest no more than four papers during one session; please indicate the person leading the session during registration).

In addition, the conference programme includes:

  • “A musicologist on the labour market” panel

This will be an opportunity for an in-depth discussion of the current employment situation of musicology graduates in Poland and abroad, and for the presentation of experiences in this area. We encourage participation in this panel session by musicologists – musical life animators, employees of media and cultural and educational associations and institutions etc.

  • Masters’ lectures (plenary speakers)
  • The conference programme includes additional events, such as concerts, sightseeing in Krakow, and exhibitions.

A publication of the collected papers presented at the conference is also planned.

Conference language: English.

Schedule

  • Accepting applications with abstracts – until 31th of May 2016.
  • Information about accepted papers – by 30 June 2016.
  • Conference dates: 7-9 November 2016.

Applications should be made by sending the application form via email to: agnieszka.lakner@doctoral.uj.edu.pl  and musicologytoday@gmail.com

You can find an application form here.

For any further information please feel free to contact: Agnieszka Lakner; agnieszka.lakner@doctoral.uj.edu.pl

Conference fee

Conference fee: 200,00 PLN / 50 €

The fee includes:

Admission to the conference, conference program, publication of the paper in the conference proceedings, lunches and coffee breaks during sessions and conference attractions such as sightseeing and concerts. Registration fee does not include accommodation and transportation. If you wish, Organizers will help you to book an accommodation.

Organizer

Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Department of Musicology

Address: Westerplatte Street 10; 31-033 Kraków, Poland

www.muzykologia.uj.edu.pl

 

 

Opera and the Greek World during Nineteenth Century

International Conference.  Corfu, Greece, 17-19 November 2017

2017 marks for opera in Greece four anniversaries: the centenary since the passing of Spiros Samaras (1861-1917), the bicentenary since the birth of two important Greek opera composers, Spiridon Xyndas (1817-1896) and Domenikos Padovas (1817-1892), as well as the 150 years since the premiere of the opera O ypopsifios [The Parliamentary Candidate] (1867, music by Xyndas and libretto by Ioannis Rinopoulos), which was both the first full-scale opera in Greek and the pivotal point for the emergence of opera in Greek language.

The Hellenic Music Research Lab of the Music Department of the Ionian University and Corfu Philharmonic Society on the occasion of the aforementioned anniversaries organize the international conference entitled Opera and the Greek World during Nineteenth Century, which is going to take place in Corfu, Greece, on 17, 18 and 19 November 2017.

Corfu, the seat of the Ionian University, was the birthplace of the three aforementioned composers. The San Giacomo theatre of Corfu, the earliest theatrical stage of the region, hosted opera performances already since 1733, contributing decisively to the dissemination of opera within the Greek world during 19th century. Moreover, Xyndas, Padovas and Samaras presented in the same theatre their operas. Xyndas in 1840 was also one of the initial founders and professors of the Corfu Philharmonic Society and he dedicated to it certain of his operas. Padovas also taught harmony and music theory in the Philharmonic, in 1857 he dedicated to it his opera Dirce and since 1884 he was appointed the Society’s artistic director. Samaras, a student of Xyndas during his early music training, had multiple connections with the Philharmonic Society and had been its honorary artistic director since 1889.

Given the above, the conference will not be confined solely to the lives and the works of the aforementioned composers, but it will focus on matters regarding the place, the reception, the importance and the formative factors of the operatic activity within the Greek world during the “long nineteenth century”. With these in mind, some indicative themes of the conference are proposed to be;

  • Spiros Samaras: life and work
  • Spiridon Xindas: life and work
  • Domenikos Padovas: life and work
  • The activities of the Italian opera troupes in the Greek areas (singers, musicians, impresarios, repertory etc)
  • The activities of the French opera troupes in the Greek areas
  • The activities of the Greek opera troupes
  • Opera in the Greek communities of Diaspora (Trieste, Odessa, Alexandria, Smyrna, Constantinople etc)
  • Opera in the Greek urban centres
  • Institutions of operatic activity
  • The reception of opera in the Greek world
  • Subjects related to Greece in the 19th-century opera

The official languages of the opera are GreekItalian and English.

Scholars and researchers interested to participate in the conference are asked to submit their abstracts (250 words) and short biographical notes (100 words) for papers of no more than 20 minutes. Themed sessions of 60 minutes can also be proposed (Abstract of 450 words and Bios of 100 words).

There are no fees for the participation or the attendance of the conference.

The final date for the proposals’ submission is 31 December 2016.

The abstracts and the biographical notes should be sent until the above date in the following email: operaconfcorfu2017@gmail.com
The Official website of the conference is: http://users.ionio.gr/~GreekMus/operaconf2017/eng.htm
The conference’s programme will be finalized by 1 March 2017.

Programme Committee
Prof. Haris Xanthoudakis
Prof. Anastasia Siopsi
A. Prof. Panos Vlagopoulos
A. Professor Avra Xapapadakou

Organizing Committee
Spiridon Padovas
Kostas Kardamis
Kostas Sambanis
Stella Kourbana
Alexandros Charkiolakis
Gerasimos Martinis