Music Criticism 1950-2000

Organized by

Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Lucca


Societat Catalana de Musicologia, Barcelona

Barcelona, Institut d’Estudis Catalans

09-11 October 2017

The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca and the Societat Catalana de Musicologia of Barcelona, a subsidiary of the Institut d’Estudis Catalans (IEC), are pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the symposium «Music Criticism 1950-2000», to be held in Barcelona at the Institut d’Estudis Catalans from Monday 09 until Wednesday 11 October 2017.

This conference addresses the complex world of music criticism during the second half of the twentieth century, with particular emphasis on the relationship between music criticism and pivotal changes in politics, society and economics. As a consequence, it will encompass discourses surrounding concepts such as hybridization or cultural transfers used to analyse postcolonial processes or globalization. In addition, the conference aims to deepen the topic of music criticism by addressing some defining aspects of the period, such as the development of Jazz and music for Cinema, the growth of the music industry, and the new media that characterized the turn of the century. Of course, the central focus will be music criticism acting as a mechanism of expression, in the contexts of writing on music, including composers’ opinions, and musicological approaches.

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

  • Music Criticism Theories / Theoretical Approaches
  • Musicology and Music Criticism
  • Musical Aesthetics and Criticism
  • Writings on Music
  • Composers as Critics
  • Music Criticism and Performing Arts
  • Music Criticism and Visual Arts
  • Music Criticism, Mass Culture and the Social Changes
  • Music Criticism and Identity
  • Music Criticism and Jazz
  • Music Criticism and Music for Cinema and TV
  • Music Criticism and the Recording Industry
  • Music Criticism and the Web
  • Music Criticism and Globalization
  • Music Criticism and Gender Perspectives

Scholarly Committee:

  • Jordi Ballester (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona / Societat Catalana de Musicologia)
  • Teresa Cascudo (Universidad de La Rioja)
  • Germán Gan Quesada (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
  • Roberto Illiano (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
  • Massimiliano Locanto (Università degli Studi di Salerno)
  • Gemma Pérez Zalduondo (Universidad de Granada)
  • Luca Lévi Sala (New York University, New York, NY)
  • Massimiliano Sala (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini) 

Programme Committee:

  • Jordi Ballester (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona / Societat Catalana de Musicologia)
  • Imma Cuscó (Societat Catalana de Musicologia)
  • Xavier Daufí (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona / Societat Catalana de Musicologia)
  • Roberto Illiano (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
  • Fulvia Morabito (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)

 Invited Speakers

  • David Hurwitz (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Massimiliano Locanto (Università di Salerno)

The official languages of the conference are English, Italian, Spanish and Catalan. 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 23 April 2017*** 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 half of May 2017, 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. Massimiliano Sala