Music and War in Europe from the Napoleonic Era to the WWI

organized by
Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini (Lucca/Pistoia)
Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française (Venice)

28-30 November 2014


The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca and the Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française are pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the symposium «Music and War in Europe from the Napoleonic Era to the WWI», to be held in Lucca, Complesso Monumentale di San Micheletto, from Friday 28 until Sunday 30 November 2014.
On the occasion of the centennial of the First World War the conference aims to investigate the complex phenomenon of war from the point of view of its influences on the musical landscape, in a time-span ranging from the Napoleonic Wars until the outbreak of the First World War.
This interdisciplinary conference will explore the political, social and economical transformations and the diverse musical responses to war during the whole of the nineteenth century, starting from the French Revolution, followed by the Napoleonic Wars, encompassing phenomena such as colonialism and modernism.

The programme committee encourages submissions within the following areas, although other topics are also welcome:

  • Music and Economics
  • Music and Commercial Routes
  • Music and Politics
  • Music and Colonialism
  • Modernism, WWI and the New World
  • Music for War / Music and War: Aesthetic and Sociological Perspectives
  • Musique de bataille: Descriptive Musical Works Inspired to War
  • Symphonic Poems and Programme Music
  • Battle Pieces: Beethoven’s La Victoire de Wellington, Tchaikovsky’s Ouverture solennelle 1812, Listz’s Hunnenschlacht (The Battle of the Huns), D’Indy’s Sinfonia brevis de bello gallico, and so forth.
  • Military Music during the Nineteenth Century
  • Military bands and Ensembles
  • Popular Music and Revolutions
  • Iconography and the Music of War

Programme Committee:

Étienne Jardin, Paris/Venice
Roberto Illiano, Lucca
Fulvia Morabito, Lucca
Luca Lévi Sala, Poitiers
Massimiliano Sala, Lucca

Keynote Speakers:

Martin Kaltenecker (Université Paris-Diderot)
Svanibor Pettan (University of Ljubljana/ICTM, Secretary General)

The official languages of the conference are English, French and Italian. Papers selected at the conference will be published in a miscellaneous volume.
Papers are limited to twenty minutes in length, allowing time for questions and discussion. Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and one page of biography.
All proposals should be submitted by email no later than ***Sunday 20 April 2014*** 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 end of May 2014, and contributors will be informed immediately thereafter. Further information about the programme, registration, travel and accommodation will be announced after that date.
For any additional information, please contact: