Musical Works and Cultural Traditions

The Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz

Słowackiego Street No. 7, Bydgoszcz, Poland

The International Conference ‘Musical Works and Cultural Traditions’

24th – 25th November 2020

On behalf of the authorities of the Faculty of Composition, Theory of Music and Sound Engineering as well as the Department of Theory of Music and Composition we are pleased to invite you to participate in the International Conference ‘Musical Works and Cultural Traditions’. The conference will be held in the main building of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz (Słowackiego 7) on 24-25th November 2020.

‘It is rather absurd to assume that a musical work is born in a historical, biographical or cultural void…’  Inspired by Prof. Mieczysław Tomaszewski’s thought, the leitmotif of this year’s conference takes theoretical pondering towards historical-cultural contexts in which musical compositions are created, the intellectual, philosophical, religious movements, among other cultural phenomena, that shape them. Traces of the past may not only be found in the form of neo-styles, the observable ‘returns to…’, but also in ‘a unique dialogue […] with tradition whose elements become the subject matter of a peculiar sort of game’ [Z. Skowron]. Likewise ‘extrinsically’, musical works oftentimes fall under the influence of distinguished artistic individuals. In the year marking the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven we suggest that special attention be directed towards the composer’s oeuvre, viewed as a continuation of the artistic accomplishments of his predecessors as well as inspiration for the generations of composers that followed.

Considering the many ways in which the leitmotif could be discussed, we propose the following discussion points:

  • cultural traditions embedded in a given musical work/ the artistic output of a composer or composers;
  • Ludwig van Beethoven as an heir to the music of his predecessors and an inspirer;
  • forms of cultural heritage present in musical compositions;
  • methods (strategies) in the research and interpretation of past heritage observed in music.

If you are willing to accept our invitation and take part in the conference, thus contributing to the valuable academic discussion on the theory and interpretation of music, you are kindly requested to send the title of your paper with an abstract of up to 300 words via e-mail to by 31st August 2020. Please, note that the maximum time allowed for your paper presentation will be 15 min.

To each registered conference participant we provide accommodation, board, an honorarium, and an opportunity of attendance at accompanying concerts that have traditionally been held to present the works of Bydgoszcz composers among others. The conference fee is €70. We also plan to publish our contributors’ papers in the form of post-conference proceedings.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Anna Nowak – Dean od the Faculty of Composition, Theory of Music and Sound Engineering                                                                        

Professor Zbigniew Bargielski – Head of the Department of Theory of Music and Composition