PRINCIPLES OF MUSIC COMPOSING: Links between Music and Visual Arts

Lithuanian Composers’ Union
Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

12th International Music Theory Conference
Links between Music and Visual Arts

17-19 October 2012
Vilnius, Lithuania

The purpose of the conference is to contribute towards the development of musicological thought, which could serve to compositional practice and teaching process. Eleven 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; Principles of Music Composing: Orchestra as a Phenomenon 2009, Principles of Music Composing: Sacred Music 2010, Principles of Music Composing: National Romanticism and Contemporary Music 2011).


1. Theoretical conceptions behind the links between music and visual arts
2. Psychophysiological insights on connection between sound and visual (traditional, contemporary, electronic, etc.)
3. Aesthetic assumptions on the synthesis of sound and visual (archaism, symbolism, abstractionism etc.)
4. Spatial and temporal semantics in music and fine arts (philosophical, semiotic, historical aspects)
5. Musical paintings and visual music of M. K. Čiurlionis and his contemporaries
6. Composers – painters (M. K. Čiurlionis, A. Schoenberg etc.)

Paper proposals (abstract together with a short biography) should be sent to Mr. Marius Baranauskas: . The abstract must not exceed 500 words. The duration of papers will be limited to 20 minutes.

The deadline for proposal submissions is June 10, 2012. The proposals will be reviewed by members of the organizing committee and all applicants will be notified of the outcome in the end of June 2012.

The main language of the conference is English.

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

For more information about the conference contact:
Lithuanian Composers’ Union, Mickeviciaus 29, LT-08117 Vilnius, Lithuania.
Coordinator of the conference Marius Baranauskas: