Musical Works and Cultural Traditions

The Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz

Słowackiego Street No. 7, Bydgoszcz, Poland

http://www.amuz.bydgoszcz.pl

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 barbaramk@poczta.onet.pl 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

The Past and Present in a Musical Work

Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music

Słowackiego Street No. 7, Bydgoszcz, Poland

http://www.amuz.bydgoszcz.pl

26th-28th November 2019

Organizers:

Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz

the Faculty of Composition, Theory of Music and Sound Engineering

the Department of Theory of Music and Composition)

Call for papers

Subject:

For the purpose of investigating the phenomenon of musical creation during this year’s conference we propose that a work of music be viewed from two perspectives: that of the cultural heritage, on the basis of which the work determines itself, and that of the concurrent trends, ideas, values and other artworks that it enters into a dialogue with or seems to isolate itself from. Such a binary approach that enables one to discern manifestations of past and present culture in the observable artefacts, through identifying the sources of and inspirations for writing the musical work, aims to uncover what makes the work unique. To paraphrase the words of Mieczysław Tomaszewski: ‘music composed in the past, or present, may be juxtaposed with one’s own; it may be continued, imitated, or turned into one’s own artistic statement’.

Proposed thematic areas:

1. Elements of past and present art manifested in a work of music.

2. the utilized categories of transtextuality as understood by G. Genette, i.e. ‘all that sets the text in relationship, whether obvious or concealed, with other texts’.

3. the functions and senses that elements of other works have in a given work of music.

4. a musical work’s individuality in relation to its sources and the inspirations that led to writing the work.

Submissions:

Proposals should contain the following: 1. the scholar’s full name (with affiliation or confirmation of independent status), 2. the title of the proposed paper, 3. a summary (300 words max.), 4. a biographical note (200 words max). Each paper will be allocated a maximum of 20 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for discussion.

Submissions should be sent by email, no later than 20 June 2019, to the academic coordinator of the conference, ph.d. Barbara Mielcarek-Krzyżanowska: barbaramk@poczta.onet.pl .

Acceptance of proposals will be communicated by 30 June 2019.

Congress languages:

Proceedings will be conducted in English and Polish.

Financial and organisational matters:

To all registered conference participants we provide accommodation, board and remuneration, and an opportunity of attendance at accompanying concerts that have traditionally been held to present the works of Bydgoszcz composers among others.

Publication:

Papers selected by the academic committee will be published in the form of post-conference proceedings.

Academic committee:

Prof. Anna Nowak (FNAM Bydgoszcz) – Dean of the Faculty of Composition, Music Theory and Sound Engineering

Ph. D. Barbara Mielcarek-Krzyżanowska (FNAM Bydgoszcz) – coordinator