Performing Eighteenth-Century Iberian Music

Barcelona, 14-16 July 2014
Research Group MECRI (University of La Rioja)ESMUC (Barcelona)University of Lleida

Scientific Committee
Màrius Bernadó, Josep Borrás and Miguel Ángel Marín

Advisory Committee
Luca Chiantore, Emilio Moreno and Pablo-L. Rodríguez

José María Domínguez and Melissa Mercadal

Conference Scope
Since the awakening of musicology as discipline in the late-19th century, research has mainly focused on historical and analytical aspects. Such an approach assumed that musical works could be directly identified with the score written by the composer. Musicologists have only recently realized that the study of music should also involve its sounding dimension. This shift places performance at the very centre of the debate, acknowledging that the act of performing does not just mean to play pitch and time as prescribed by the score. On the contrary, performance is a creative process in which the score is only a sketch, an outline of the musical work. Focusing on 18th-century Iberian repertoire, this conference aims at promoting the consideration of music as performance.

Keynote speaker will be Professor Herman Danuser (Humboldt Universität, Berlin). During the conference, 20-minute concerts with little-known Iberian repertoire of this period will be performed.

Submission of proposals
Proposals are invited for:
– Individual papers (20 minutes)
– Lecture-recitals (20 minutes)
– Round-table sessions (around 3-4 participants), with or without performance (90 minutes)

The scientific committee encourages submissions within the following areas, related to 18th-century Iberian music of any kind, although preference will be given to topics dealing with chamber and instrumental music:

* Recording as a source of performance traditions
* Boundaries of notation and score
* Recuperation of Iberian repertoires from a historically-informed perspective: constructions and ideologies
* Studying historical performance spaces
* Practices and processes: Listening to 18th-century music
* Unwritten and improvised music
* History of performance
* Analysis of performance
* Performance, gesture and body language

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

Every proposal must include:
– name of participant(s) and institutional affiliation (if applicable)
– repertoire to be examined (in case a lively performance will be included)
– abstract (ca. 300 words)
– short CV (ca. 150 words)
– email address
– technical and audiovisual equipment required

Proposals must be submitted by email before 15 January 2014 to the following address:
The email must bear the subject line ‘Barcelona 2014 Conference Proposal’
Successful proposals will be notified by the scientific committee before 31 January 2014.

Registration is needed to attend the conference, before 30 April 2014, including those presenting proposals. Conference charges and instructions will be announced soon. Conference attendance for those not presenting proposal will also be possible. To be updated, please visit regularly the conference web page.