15th International Congress on Musical Signification


Barcelona, September 4-8, 2020

The International Congress on Musical Signification (ICMS) is a biannual congress on recent developments and future trends in the studies of musical meaning. It is the major platform of the project of Musical Signification, launched in Paris in 1984, and subsequently directed for 34 years so far by Eero Tarasti at the University of Helsinki.

ICMS 15 will be held in vibrant Barcelona, main town of Catalonia, hosted by its Conservatoire, the Escola superior de música de Catalunya (Esmuc) and under the auspices of the International Association for Semiotic Studies (IASS), the International Semiotics Institute (ISI) and the Academy of Cultural Heritages.

Musical Signification and Performance

In conservatoires and universities, the urgent need for an efficient diffusion and a practical application of the study of musical signification is acutely felt. A musicological, solidly based reflection on the expressive values of music is still under-represented in most music teaching institutions around the world. General music studies should incorporate musical signification and help interpreters and teachers to find reliable tools to support their intuition.

Papers relating performance and musical signification will be favoured, but those dealing with any issues concerning musical signification are also warmly welcome.


Márta Grabócz (Université de Strasbourg), Robert Hatten (University of Texas at Austin), Anatole Leikin (University of California Santa Cruz), Dario Martinelli (Vilnius Gediminas Technical University), Eero Tarasti (University of Helsinki)


Performance studies / Topic theory / Relationships between analysis and interpretation / Narratological studies

Deadline for submission: February 4th, 2020.

Notification of acceptance: February 18th, 2020.

The CALL FOR PAPERS with all the necessary information can be found HERE.