Nineteenth-Century Music Criticism

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

In collaboration with
OICRM: Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création 
et de recherche en musique, Montréal

10-12 November 2015

The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca and the Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française of Venice, in collaboration with OICRM of Montréal, are pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the symposium «Nineteenth-Century Music Criticism», to be held in Lucca, Complesso Monumentale di San Micheletto, from Tuesday 10 until Thursday 12 November 2015.
This conference aims to deal with the complex world of music criticism during the nineteenth century, a period in which criticism not only involved the evaluation of performances and the interpretation of music, but also significantly affected musical aesthetics. Many composers of the period were actively involved in writing for musical journals: the best known examples are Robert Schumann, founder of the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, and Hector Berlioz, active as a journalist for the Europe littéraire, the Gazette musicale and the Journal des Débats. The present conference will explore this multifaceted world and will focus on composers’ opinions, the theatrical press and musical iconography.    

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

• Musical Aesthetics and Criticism

• Writings on Music

• Composers as Critics

• Performing Practice and Criticism

• Musical and Theatrical Press

• Musical Iconography as Criticism


• Marita Fornaro Bordolli (Universidad de la República, Uruguay)

• Teresa Cascudo (Universidad de La Rioja)

• Michel Duchesneau (Université de Montréal / OICRM)

• Katharine Ellis (University of Bristol)

• Roberto Illiano (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)

• Massimiliano Locanto (Università degli Studi di Salerno)

• Fulvia Morabito (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)

• Gemma Pérez Zalduondo (Universidad de Granada)

• Luca Lévi Sala (Université de Poitiers)


• Teresa Cascudo (Universidad de La Rioja)

• Katharine Ellis (University of Bristol)

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 19 April 2015*** 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 2015, 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: 

Dr. Roberto Illiano,