Jewishness & the Arts: Music and Composers in Nineteenth-Century Europe

13-15 October 2015

Accademia Filarmonica Romana – Rome

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

In collaboration with
Accademia Filarmonica Romana
Ad Parnassum Journal
Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Dpt. of Musicology)

The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca and the Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française of Venice, in collaboration with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Ad Parnassum Journal and Accademia Filarmonica Romana, are pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the symposium «Jewishness & the Arts. Music and Composers in Nineteenth-Century Europe», to be held in Rome, Accademia Filarmonica Romana, from Tuesday 13 until Thursday 15 October 2015.
The period which witnessed the Emancipation of the Jews, originating in Germany, has never been approached from a musical angle. The present colloquium undertakes this study, from five major perspectives: careers; Jewish themes; emancipation; circulation; collective representations. The conference aims to shed light on the relationships between musical production and Jewish culture, concerning Jewish composers and beyond, within the broader context of the European Reformist movements of the nineteenth century. The conference aims to deal with the complex world of musical production (composition, performance practice, models of musical theorisation, entertainment, performing arts and music, press criticism) during the course of the nineteenth century, at a time of revolutionary change in Jewish culture and life, spanning the Haskala movement and the first Zionist Congress (1897). The conference will analyse developments and the complex interactions wrought by Jewish Cultural heritage within the European social and economic context and its consequences for the relationships between composers, publishers, and listeners.
Interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged. The programme committee encourages submissions within the following areas, although other topics are also welcome:

– Musical Criticism & Jewish Thought (Jewish Music Criticism)
– Jewish Composers and their Cultural Heritage
– Jewish Composers and Conversions
– Meyerbeer, Halévy & the Opera
– Mendelssohn, Alkan & the Instrumental Music
– Non-Jewish Composers & Jewish Cultural Heritage
– Circulation & Collective Representations
– Musical Careers & Jewish Themes
– Jewish Emancipation & European Musical Culture
– Jewish Symbolism in the «Arts & Music»


  •  Bella Brover-Lubovsky (Hebrew University, Israel)
  •  Luis Guillherme Goldberg (Federal University of Pelotas, Brasil)
  •  Jehoash Hirshberg (Hebrew University, Israel)
  •  Étienne Jardin (Palazzetto Bru Zane)
  •  Tony Levy (CNRS-Université Paris 7)
  •  Luca Lévi Sala (Université de Poitiers — Conference Director)
  •  Patrizia Veroli (Italian Association for Research in Dance, Rome)


Jehoash Hirshberg (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)

The official languages of the conference are English, Italian and French. 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 14 June 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 June 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:
Luca Lévi Sala PhD,