The String Quartet in Spain from the End of the Eighteenth Century to Today

International Conference
20-21 March 2014
Universidad de Granada – Facultad de Filosofía y Letras – Aula Magna

Organized by the Universidad de Granada (Research Project I+D+i HAR2011-24295 / Ministerio de Economía y Competividad of Spain)

In association with
Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini
Cuarteto Bretón
Universität Koblenz-LandauScientific Committee
Germán Gan-Quesada (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona)
Desirée García Gil (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Christiane Heine (Universidad de Granada)
Roberto Illiano (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Lucca)
Christian Speck (Universität Koblenz-Landau / Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)The University of Granada, through the Research Project I+D+i HAR2011-24295 Música de cámara instrumental y vocal en España en los siglos xix y xx: recuperación, recepción, análisis crítico y estudio comparativo del género en el contexto europeo, in association with the Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca, the Cuarteto Bretón and the University of Koblenz-Landau, is pleased to invite proposal submissions for the International Conference The String Quartet in Spain from the End of the Eighteenth Century to Today, hosted by the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Granada from Thursday, March 20th, to Friday, March 21st, 2014.
Central European music historiographers have suggested that Spanish composers “adopted a particular abstinent attitude” towards the genre of the String Quartet (F. Krummacher, Geschichte des Streichquartetts, vol. ii, Laaber 2005, p. 400), but this theory ignores the compositional reality of this genre  – especially regarding the twentieth century – and comes from the lack of knowledge concerning the Spanish repertory (caused by the still limited access to primary sources) and the shortage of specific secondary literature.
This conference aims to create, unify and transfer knowledge about the String Quartet of Spanish provenience, thereby promoting musicological and interdisciplinary research on the genre with the objective to contribute to the revision of  Spanish and international historiography. In particular, the conference purposes to stimulate discussion about the reasons that, on the one hand, caused the decline of the genre’s evolution in Spain during the second third of the 19th century – despite favorable conditions for establishing a unique tradition – and, on the other hand, motivated its sudden rise at the beginning of the 20th century after eight decades of relative stagnation. The Spanish repertory will be studied from multiple perspectives, considering approaches on reception, edition, interpretation, motivation and composition, paying special attention to the analysis of representative music works to determine their historic position within the larger European context.

The scientific committee encourages submissions from the following areas, although other topics are also welcome:

  • Reception of Foreign String Quartets in Spain: Acceptance and Repercussion
  • Reception in Spain of Canales’ and Arriaga’s String Quartets
  • The Spanish Society and the String Quartet
  • Professional Quartets and Chamber Music Societies in Spain
  • Spanish Institutions and the String Quartet: National Music Competitions for Composition and Interpretation
  • National and International Music Publishing and Trade: Spanish String Quartet Repertory
  • Current State of Sources and Research Concerning the String Quartet of Spanish Provenience
  • Analysis of the Spanish Repertory: Style and Aesthetics
  • Comparative Studies: Convergences and Differences
  • Recent Initiatives to Rediscover Forgotten Composers

The official languages of the conference are English, French, and Spanish.

Papers are limited to twenty minutes in length, allowing time for questions and discussion. Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words and a half-page of biography.

All proposals should be submitted by email no later than
2 November 2013 to <>. With your proposal please include your name, contact details (postal address, e-mail and telephone number) and (if applicable) your affiliation.
The committee will make its final decision on the abstracts by the 7 December 2013, and contributors will be informed immediately thereafter. Further information about the programme, registration, travel and accommodation will be announced by the end of January 2014.See more at: and

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