Spain and Constructions of Musical Exoticism

Spain and Constructions of Musical Exoticism

WHEN: Friday 30 November – Saturday 1 December 2018
WHERE: Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne

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Far from being tied to a fixed, unchanging set of musical styles or gestures, musical representations of Spain have proved to be dynamic and multi-faceted constructs thriving across a range of periods and genres. While they have coloured the landscape of Western music since the 1500s, evocations of Spain gained momentum from the eighteenth century, and found new modes of expression with the rise of musical exoticism. Spanish composers, performers and impresarios have also been interlocutors in the promulgation of this exoticism, which has in turn influenced Hispanic musical styles and identities, and at times been a conduit for the broader dissemination of the musics of the New World.

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers that engage with different facets and manifestations of musical exoticism in relation to Spain. Papers may address repertories or issues relating to (but not limited to) the following areas:

  • Western art music
  • Opera, dance and theatrical spectacle
  • Popular musics
  • Flamenco, the guitar and images of Spain
  • Auto-exoticism and Spanish musical identity
  • Intertextuality and modernist exoticisms
  • Literature, the visual arts, film and musical representations of Spain
  • Early music and historical performance practice

Please submit an abstract of not more than 250 words, with a brief biographical note of not more than 100 words, to by 1 August 2018.

Papergivers will be notified by 10 August, but please indicate in your submission if you need earlier notification.

Registration will be free of charge, but we regret that no travel subsidies are available.

Michael Christoforidis and Elizabeth Kertesz
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne
[Conference convenors]