Arrangements, Performance and the Work Concept 1700-1900

15th June 2015

Senate House Library, University of London, London

Keynote speaker: Professor John Butt (University of Glasgow)

Musical arrangements have rarely been studied, although they problematize the ontological identity of the musical work as well as the notion of authorship, contributing to the debates that currently emerge when performance is conceptualized as a source of meaning. This study day aims to discuss the concept of arrangement and how it relates to the work-concept, music reception and performance.

Contributions are invited, which could explore the following areas:

  • The rise of piano-vocal scores of opera arias and choral works
  • Keyboard arrangements in 18th-century Europe, including arrangements of orchestral genres
  • Arrangements made by 19th-century piano virtuosos e.g. Liszt, Busoni
  • Arrangements as a genre of publishing
  • Arrangements and notions of musical ontology
  • Arrangement as an act of performance

Please submit your abstracts to by 28th February 2015