Acts of Musical Writing—Towards a Theory of Musical Notation

Innsbruck, 26–28 March 2020

The University of Innsbruck is pleased to announce the following call for papers: Acts of Musical Writing—Towards a Theory of Musical Notation Department of Music, University of Innsbruck, Austria
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The focus of this conference is an extended comprehension of musical notation, which involves a productive dynamic between fixation and transfer, between outcome and initiator of acts. In this approach, musical writing functions as a coordinator between an actual and a symbolic room, in which acts of musical writing can occur. Albeit writing manifests itself on a two-dimensional plane, it opens a multidimensional space through the movement of the hand and eye, the writing tool, and mental processes. Scholars from any discipline are invited to discuss music notation from a musicological, writing and image theoretical, performance practice, philosophical, media aesthetical, or philological angle of view. Relevant topics include but are not limited to

  • musical notation as an intermedial field;
  • the reciprocally correlation of writing, composition, and interpretation;
  • the corporeality of writing, its tools, rooms, and gestures;
  • oral, literal, and cognitive processes of writing;
  • the relations between different modes of analog and digital writing;
  • the operative state of musical notation between pre-written score and post-written transcript.

The conference languages are German and English. Presentation format: individual 30-minute paper followed by a 15-minute discussion Abstracts of 250 to 300 words should be sent as an attachment (Word, PDF) to by June 16, 2019, and must include the following information: title, author, affiliation, email address, and technical requirements. Decisions on the acceptance of abstracts are expected to be communicated by September 2019. Organization: Federico Celestini (Innsbruck), Bernhard Achhorner (Innsbruck), Sarah Lutz (Innsbruck) The conference is part of the research project “Writing Music—Towards a Theory of Musical Notation” at the mdw—University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, the University of Innsbruck, the University of Gießen, and the Paul Sacher Stiftung, Basel.