“Bach and Italy” International Conference — 22-28 November 2020

We invite you to the International Conference “Bach and Italy”. It will take place online from November 22nd to 28th, 2020, and will be broadcast from Turin, Italy. 
Attendance to the Conference is entirely free of charge and no registration is required. The events will be broadcast on the social media channels of JSBach.it (YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM5T_–U_cSATZyNe_yOI3w; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jsbach.it). The videos will remain online, and freely available, after the Conference. 

The Conference is co-organized by JSBach.it, the Istituto per i Beni Musicali in Piemonte and the Conservatory “G. Verdi” of Turin, and is realized with funding offered by the Ministry of the Cultural Heritage (MIBACT) and with the sponsorship of the Royal Musical Association, Inner Wheel Club, and with the support of Music&Letters and of the General Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany – Milan. 
The Conference includes themed sessions with papers and lecture-recitals selected by the Conference Committee (Chiara Bertoglio, Maria Borghesi, Kenneth L. Hamilton, Michael Heinemann, Stefano Leoni, Michael Maul, Ruth Tatlow, Yo Tomita); two keynote speeches (Michael Maul and Raffaele Mellace); three Roundtables (“Bach’s Sacred Works in a Catholic Country”; “Bach Societies Worldwide”; “Bach on the Italian stage”); special episodes of “A coffee with JSBach.it” (a series of informal video-podcasts); concerts and other events. The complete programme can be found at https://www.jsbach.it/bach2020programma, and can be downloaded as a pdf booklet here or browsed as an ebook here. 

The main aims of this Conference are: 1) to foster research about Bach’s interest in Italian music and about the Italian reception of Bach; 2) to create a repository of videos constituting a valuable resource for education and research; 3) to promote the dialogue between musicology and performance, as well as the outreach of musicological studies and the involvement of music lovers, students and teachers. 
More information: info@jsbach.itwww.jsbach.it/bach2020

Bach and Italy

Turin (Italy), November 26-28, 2020

Thanks to a long tradition that began with Bach’s contemporary, Padre Martini,  Italy is considered today as a “Bachian” country. The past 250 years have seen an abundance of creative interactions with Bach and his music, including numerous transcriptions, arrangements and editions, scholarly and non-scholarly writings, Bach festivals, recordings and the use of Bach’s music in the media. Out of respect for this history, we formed JSBach.it to improve communication and coordination of Italian Bach activities, to facilitate and encourage academic and artistic research, and to promote its dissemination nationally and internationally.

​We will be holding our First International Conference on Bach and Italy at the Conservatory of Turin on November 26-28, 2020, in cooperation with the Conservatory of Turin, the Istituto per i Beni Musicali in Piemonte, and the Coro Maghini and with the Patronage of the University of Genoa, of the Bach Network, of Il Saggiatore musicale, and of the SIdM (Società Italiana di Musicologia).

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers, for 30-minute lecture-recitals and for panels regarding all aspects relating to Johann Sebastian Bach and Italy.

​Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  1. Bach and his Italian models/sources
  2. Reception of Bach’s music and treatments of his biography in an Italian context
  3. Bach and the Italian opera
  4. Bach and the revival of Italian instrumental music

A more detailed list of possible subjects can be found here.

​Although the conference languages will be Italian and English, we encourage delegates to present their papers in English.

Abstracts of maximum 300 words can be in either Italian or English. Please submit this together with contact details, and maximum 50 words of bio on the form found here. The deadline for submission is 31 March, 2020.

​The Scientific Committee includes Prof. Kenneth Hamilton (University of Cardiff), Prof. Michael Heinemann (Hochschule für Musik, Dresden), Dr habil. Michael Maul (Bach-Archiv and Intendant of the BachFest Leipzig), Prof. Stefano A. E. Leoni (Conservatorio di Torino), Dr Ruth Tatlow (University of Uppsala), Prof. Yo Tomita (Queen’s University, Belfast), along with Dr Chiara Bertoglio (Facoltà teologica dell’Italia settentrionale and JSBach.it) and Maria Borghesi (Hochschule für Musik, Dresden and JSBach.it).

The keynote lecture will be delivered by Dr Michael Maul, and the plenary concluding speech will be given by Prof. Raffaele Mellace; the gala concert will be given by the Coro Maghini and Festival BackTOBach of Turin.

Please contact info@jsbach.it for information; more details will be found at www.jsbach.it/bach2020 – bit.ly/bach2020.

BACH AT THE DAWN OF 2020 – Reception and Imaginaries in the Digital Era

Hochschule für Musik “Carl Maria von Weber” – Dresden, 20 – 22 September 2019

Scientific committee: Prof. Dr. Michael Heinemann (Hochschulefür Musik, Dresden); Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Hinrichsen (University of Zurich); Dr. Michael Maul (Bach-Archiv, Leipzig, Bach Network); Maria Borghesi (Hochschule für Musik, Dresden)

Keynote speaker: Prof. Emeritus Dr. Ton Koopman (University of Leiden)

 CfP deadline: 31 May 2019


The attention dedicated to J. S. Bach seems to be continually growing all over the world. For decades, the web of Bach-scholars oversteps borders and oceans, offering more and more occasions to meet and discuss about issues related to the German Kantor. Topics related to the reception history of Bach have finally achieved an appropriate relevance in Bach editions published in Europe, the United States and the East. For example, in Bach und die Nachwelt, Michael Heinemann and Hans-Joachim Hinrichsen collected a series of snapshots describing the history of the composer’s reception from 1750 to 2000. However, apart from major initiatives organised for anniversaries (especially 1950, 1985, and 2000), an updated discussion on the current reception of Bach is still lacking.

The international conference Bach at the Dawn of 2020: Reception and Imaginaries in the Digital Eraaims at giving a multifaceted portrait of the interest for the composer and his music, by carefully considering the impact of digital media on the reception processes. For this purpose, the conference will integrate individual scientific papers, monothematic panel sessions, round-tables and public speaking, with a maximum of 15 presenters. 

Proposals from all disciplines are welcome, especially for subjects related to humanities (from the fields of musicology, literature, history, sociology, arts, and digital humanities), as well as reflections deriving from topical experiences related to Bach. The conference is intended for scholars at all stages of their careers. The purpose is to further develop a web of Bach’s scholars, performers, and promoters, and to build an updated image of Bach through diverse methodological and disciplinary perspectives. The conference language is English, to assure international communication among all participants coming from Germany and abroad.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Bach on the Web: new readings and tools
  • From materiality to immateriality: Bach texts and sounds
  • Bach and contemporary audiences
  • Multi-media Bach performances: a necessity?
  • Promoting Bach: local and global visions
  • Bach on the screen: cinema, tv, computer, tablet or smartphone
  • A massive inheritance: the role of the Bach reception history in the contemporary perception

A selection of papers and round-table conference reports will be published in a collective book entitled Bach 2020: Reception and Imaginaries in the Digital Eraand edited in English and in German by Michael Heinemann and Maria Borghesi.

Proposals should be submitted in one document to heinemann@hfmdd.de by 31 May 2019Please enclose with the abstract (max. 250 words) an indication of the preferred format (single paper, panel, participation in a round table), a list of key-words (max. 5), a short CV (max. 150 words) and personal details.Audio-visual equipment will be provided; musical instruments (piano and harpsichord) can be requested.


Time Planning

  • 31st May: call for papers deadline
  • 15stJune: acceptance notification
  • 30thJune: acceptance deadline
  • 15thJuly: program announcement

Contact: Prof. Michael Heinemann, heinemann@hfmdd.de – Maria Borghesi, mborghesi.mus@gmail.com 

Website: https://www.hfmdd.de/hochschule/kongresse/bach-symposium-2019/