Rimsky-Korsakov at 175: A Survey of his Legacy Year on Year

18-20 March 2019, St Petersburg, Russia

In 2019, on 18 March, it will be 175 years since the birth of one of Russia’s most renowned composers – Nikolay Andreevich Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908). For his jubilee, the Museum will hold an international conference and series of major events (concerts, a city-wide holiday, exhibition and the publication of a collection of essays).

The conference will take place from 18–20 March 2019 at the Rimsky-Korsakov Memorial Museum-Apartment and at the St Petersburg Conservatory.

The main theme of the conference will be the fate of Rimsky-Korsakov’slegacy from 1908 (the year of his death) until the present day. Over thesethree days we will examine the following:

  • Rimsky-Korsakov’s creative work in the context of Soviet and contemporary music (dialogues, confrontations, interpretations)
  • The position of his works in different decades in thecontext of changing political regimes
  • The perception of his works worldwide
  • Rimsky-Korsakov’s legacy in contemporary concert andopera practice

The theme of ‘Year on Year’ indicatesour wish to build both a linear and non-linear survey of Rimsky-Korsakov’screative legacy. Conference papers will be grouped thematically, and somesessions will be held in the format of open discussions. The organisingcommittee invites participants, to offer, alongside traditional papers,specific dates (for instance, 1935, 1950, 1991) and reflect on their significance in the context of the composer’s long-term legacy, opening upbroader topics for discussion.

Therefore, in applications for the conference, we request that speakers send two proposals thus:

  1. An abstract of around 150 words
  2. A theme for discussion based on a specific year (around 60 words)

To assist us in compiling the conference programme in a timely fashion we also request that each proposal is accompanied by a high-resolution photograph (not least than 1mb) and a short biography of around 100 words.

A separate day of the conference will be devoted to special meetings of two Study Groups of the International Musicological Society: ‘Shostakovich and his Epoch’ (chairs Olga Digonskaya, Pauline Fairclough) and ‘Stravinsky Between East and West’ (chairs Natalia Braginskaya, Valérie Dufour). Applications for participation in these meetings should be sent to the relevant convenor, with the name of the group, the topic and abstracts of the report, a brief biography and photos of the participant in the format indicated above. Topics for presentation may reflect (or not reflect) a connection with the main theme of the conference.

The working languages of the conference will be Russian and English.

All applications for the conference should be sent to Lidia Ader: lidiader@gmail.com

Applications for participation in the study group ‘Shostakovich and his Epoch’ should be sent to Olga Digonskaya: digonolga@gmail.com

Applications for participation in the study group ‘Stravinsky Between East and West’ should be sent to Natalia Braginskaya: nb-sky@yandex.ru

DEADLINE is 5 December 2018 and participants will receive notification by 15 December 2018.

A selection of the papers presented will be published in an edited volume.

Conference Organising Committee:

Lidia Ader, conference convenor, senior research associate of the Rimsky-Korsakov Museum, St Petersburg

Nina Kostenko, Director of the Rimsky-Korsakov Museum, St Petersburg

Natalia Braginskaya, Vice-Rector for scientific work of the Rimsky-Korsakov St Petersburg State Conservatory

Zivar Guseynova, Head of the Russian Music History department of the Rimsky-Korsakov St Petersburg State Conservatory

Olga Digonskaya, senior researcher of the Russian National Museum of Music and the Chief Archivist of the D. D. Shostakovich Archive

Elena Khodorkovskaya, Director of the Faculty of International Research and Art of the St Petersburg State University

Pauline Fairclough, Professor of Music, University of Bristol, Vice-President of the Royal Musical Association

Valérie Dufour, Professor of Music at the Free University of Brussels.