The Bononcinis: from Modena to Europe (1666–1747)

International Symposium  Modena, 2-4 December 2016


The Festival Musicale Estense “Grandezze & Meraviglie” and the Gruppo Arcomelo 2013 are organizing an international symposium on the Bononcini family during the first weekend of December 2016. The conference will focus on the period that begins with the artistic début of Giovanni Maria (Primi frutti del Giardino musicale op. 1, 1666)— launching the golden age of the Modena violin school—through the European success of the Musico Prattico (1673), paralleling that of the ducal court after the marriage (also in 1673) of Maria Beatrice d’Este and the Duke of York James Stuart, and the second generation of Bononcini musicians (Giovanni and Antonio Maria), who were instrumentalists and opera composers of great international renown.

Objectives of the conference are both to explore the life, works, and influence (in a European perspective) the Bononcinis had on Emilian instrumental and vocal music, and to shed light on the circulation of music and musicians from Emilia, and on issues of performance practice. Although preference will be given to papers dealing with these three major topics, the scientific committee also invites proposals concerning other aspects of Emilian music, including the relationship between musical patronage and production, reciprocal influences between instrumental and vocal music, instrument making, etc.

The scientific committee, created three years ago for the organization of the Congresso Arcomelo 2013 (Enrico Gatti, Marc Vanscheeuwijck, Guido Olivieri, Agnese Pavanello, and Francesco Zimei) invites paper proposals through submission of an abstract. Paper presentations will be rigorously limited to 25 minutes in order to allow some time for discussion.

The (anonymous) abstract should include the title of the paper and a text of maximum 250 words, and indicate the topic and/or thesis, the state of research, the principal sources used, and a statement on the relevance and originality of the contribution. In a separate file, please indicate the paper title, first and last name of the author, e-mail address, and provide a short half-page CV.

The abstract and additional files should be sent as an attachment to by March 31st, 2016.

The organization will host all presenters for the entire duration of the conference.

We expect a peer-reviewed publication of the proceedings. Upon their arrival in Modena presenters will be asked to provide a Word file including the complete text of their paper in the format that will be communicated in detail when the scientific committee has completed the selection of papers. After the conference presenters will have 60 days for corrections and modifications before we begin the editorial work of the proceedings.


Enrico Gatti (Royal Conservatoire, Den Haag, NL – Conservatorio “G. B. Martini”, Bologna)
Guido Olivieri (The University of Texas, Austin, USA)
Agnese Pavanello (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Basel, CH)
Marc Vanscheeuwijck (University of Oregon, Eugene, USA)
Francesco Zimei (Istituto Abruzzese di Storia Musicale)