Beethoven the European

The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca, in collaboration with Ad Parnassum. A Journal of Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Instrumental Music, is pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the symposium «Beethoven the European», to be held in Lucca, Complesso Monumentale di San Micheletto, from 27 to 29 March 2020.

Keynote Speakers:
Barry Cooper (University of Manchester)
William Kinderman (University of California, Los Angeles)

Beethoven’s impact is widely recognised as of seemingly universal, timeless significance; 250 years since his birth his music still communicates with and inspires people across the globe. Nevertheless his iconic, enduring oeuvre stems from a specific European cultural milieu and historical context. To what extent does the tension between the universality and particularity of Beethoven’s music give rise to a richer understanding of his music and its reception history?
Beethoven’s creative inspiration was nurtured in the European context of revolution and political reshaping, at the aesthetic turning-point from Enlightenment to Romanticism, and at the social turning-point from largely private patronage to a more market-orientated environment for composers.

Born in the German Rhineland and resident in Bonn and Vienna, he travelled little compared with contemporaries such as Mozart and Clementi, but his reputation quickly spread much further, to far-off countries such as Britain and Russia. His works attest to strong musical and ideological ties with France and England, and his stage works engage with scenarios in Spain, Hungary, the Netherlands and Greece, while his vocal works include settings in Latin, Italian, French, English and other languages as well as German. Beethoven’s intellectual outlook even extended beyond Europe, especially to Indian sources, reflecting European intellectual currents of his time. Clearly there is still much to discover about the way in which Beethoven’s music was both influenced by and in turn influenced European culture, as well as about the way Beethoven as a European has been perceived and interpreted in a wider context.

Our conference aims to explore the multivalent connections between Beethoven and Europe through multifaceted study of the music both in a European and, where relevant, a wider global multi-cultural context. We would encourage consideration of the theme through the intermingling of and interface between topics and sub-disciplines, text and music, analysis and interpretation, genesis and reception. The programme committee encourages submissions within the following areas, although other topics related to the concept of ‘Beethoven and Europe’ are also welcome:

  • The European as complement or contrast to the Universal nature of Beethoven’s musical and/or personal identity
  • Connections with the forms, styles and influences of particular European countries or cultures
  • Setting of, and interest in texts in different languages
  • Dramatic works and their relation to historical contexts
  • Political attitudes reflected in works or words
  • Beyond Europe’s boundaries: Beethoven and Asia
  • Reception across Europe and in countries related to Europe
  • Historic performance as a means of understanding context, and as a basis for modern performance
  • Innovative analyses, sketch studies and reinterpretation of sources as a way to explore issues of the universal and particular
  • Dispersal of source material across European libraries and collections

Programme Committee:

  • Barry Cooper (University of Manchester)
  • Roberto Illiano (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
  • William Kinderman (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Malcolm Miller (The Open University, UK)
  • Fulvia Morabito (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
  • Massimiliano Sala (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)

The official languages of the conference are English and Italian. Papers selected at the conference will be published in a miscellaneous volume.
Papers are limited to twenty minutes in length, allowing time for questions and discussion. Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and one page of biography.
All proposals should be submitted by email no later than ***Sunday 13 October 2019*** to <conferences@luigiboccherini.org>. With your proposal please include your name, contact details (postal address, e-mail and telephone number) and (if applicable) your affiliation.
The committee will make its final decision on the abstracts by the end of October 2019, and contributors will be informed immediately thereafter. Further information about the programme, registration, travel and accommodation will be announced after that date.
For any additional information, please contact:

Dr. Massimiliano Sala
conferences@luigiboccherini.org
www.luigiboccherini.org

 

50+ Years of Creative Music: Anthony Braxton – Composer, Multi-Instrumentalist, Music Theorist

Call for Papers for an International Conference, June 18th‒20th 2020
Institute for Historical Musicology of the University Hamburg
Neue Rabenstr. 13 | 20354 Hamburg | Germany

We encourage German as well as English abstracts no longer than two pages. Please send them to one of the organizers. The deadline is September 1st 2019.
Prof. Dr. Friedrich Geiger (Universität Hamburg; friedrich.geiger@uni-hamburg.de)
Prof. Dr. Timo Hoyer (Pädagogische Hochschule Karlsruhe; hoyer@ph-karlsruhe.de)
https://www.kultur.uni-hamburg.de/hm/uber-das-institut/aktuelles/tagung-braxton.html

In June, 2020, Anthony Braxton will be celebrating his 75th birthday. For more than half a century he has played a key role in contemporary and avant-garde-music as a composer, multi-instrumentalist, music theorist, teacher, mentor and visionary. Inspired by Jazz, European art music, and music of other cultures, Braxton labels his output ‘Creative Music’. This international conference is the first one dealing with his multifaceted work. It aims to discuss different research projects concerned with Braxton’s compositional techniques as well as his instrumental- and music-philosophical thinking. The conference will take place from June 18th to 20th 2020 at the Hamburg University, Germany.

During the first half of his working period, dating from 1967 to the early 1990s, Braxton became a ‘superstar of the jazz avant-garde’ (Bob Ostertag), even though he acted as a non-conformist and was thus perceived as highly controversial. In this period he also became a member of the AACM, the band Circle, and recorded music for a variety of mostly European minors as well as for the international major Arista. Furthermore, he developed his concepts of ‘Language Music’ for solo-artist and ‘Co-ordinate Music’ for small ensembles, composed his first pieces for the piano and orchestra and published his philosophical Tri-Axium Writings (3 volumes) and Composition Notes (5 volumes). These documents remain to be thoroughly analyzed by the musicological community.

Even less attention has been paid to the development of his work since the mid-1990s. During this period Braxton enhanced some of his compositional principles from the earlier period, and he partly redefined and reshaped some of his thoughts about music. Additionally, he worked on his twelve components of a holistic system called ‘Tri-centric Music’, ‘Tri-centric Thought Unit’ or ‘Tri-centric Modeling’. As a basic premise for this period he built up his Tri-Centric Foundation and founded a record label (Braxton House / New Braxton House). In the compositional array he developed the so-called Ghost Trance Music in order to creatively fuse elements of composition and improvisation. As of today he works on his not yet finished twelve-part opera, Trillium, and on other projects such as, Pine Top Aerial Music (a choreography of sound and physical motion), and Diamond Curtain Wall Music (a study of interactive electronical sound). In Falling River Music the musicians are asked to intuitively interpret different shapes, graphics and symbols, whereas in Echo Echo Mirror House they are requested to play iPods containing Braxton’s complete works. ZIM Music, one of his latest prototypes, operates with different sound dynamics.

It is the second of Braxton’s working periods that the conference will focus on, albeit the presentations (45 minutes each) may need to refer to his older concepts as well. We encourage paper proposal dealing with the following three key topics:

1. The composer: Braxton’s complete works comprise more than 500 compositions of incredible variety. Furthermore, his œuvre contains performance directions for solo-instrumentalists (language music), piano pieces, works for 100 tubas, for flute- or vocal ensembles, for orchestra and a puppet theater as well as for four orchestras, duos for one instrumentalist and a stand-up comedian and many more. Every composition or compositional fragment may be combined with others. Right from the start, Braxton has been looking for possibilities to combine forms of composition and improvisation. During the last 20 years in particular, he has developed fascinating solutions and a smart notation system which contains both, conventional and unconventional signs, graphics and narrative-poetic elements. We especially welcome presentations that deal with his scores analytically, for instance by concentrating on individual works, smaller groups of works or certain musical parameters like harmonics, melody and rhythm. Also, projects that investigate similarities and differences to other composers or musical styles are kindly appreciated.

2. The multi-instrumentalist: Like many other members of the Afro-American AACM Braxton made a mark as a multi-instrumentalist. He not only masters the Alto Saxophone as well as the whole families of saxophone and clarinet instruments, but he also enjoys playing instruments of the very high and low registers, different kinds of flutes, the piano, percussion instruments and more. His style is unique, even though it changed over time. Concerning these topics, almost no scientific research exists. There is a general lack of analyzing his style, especially when it comes to differentiating between a) his roles as a soloist and as a part of an ensemble, b) his life- and studio-performances, c) interpretations of works of his own and those of others, and d) realizations of notated pieces and free improvisations.

3. The music theorist: “His rhetoric and writing alone make him a hugely influential figure in free music”, musician and music theorist Joe Morris says. There is no doubt that Braxton’s theoretical and philosophical writings about his own works ‒ covering much more than 1000 pages ‒ is outstanding in Jazz history. However, neither his unique diction, his neologisms ‒ both can be studied as well in his interviews and liner notes ‒ nor his attitude towards creativity, Black Exotica, music journalism, Jazz Rock, western art music, World music, white music improvisators, nor his very unconventional (from an academic point of view) work analyses have been given much attention by the scientific community. The conference aims at filling this void.

Ignacio Jerusalem 250: Galant Musics in Italy, the Iberian Peninsula, and the New World

Location: Baeza, Spain
Dates: December 3–5, 2019

The Universidad Internacional de Andalucía, Baeza, the Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical (Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte, Gobierno de España), and the Festival de Música Antigua de Úbeda y Baeza are organizing an international conference in collaboration with the IMS Study Group “Early Music and the New World.” The conference is entitled Ignacio Jerusalem 250: Galant Musics in Italy, the Iberian Peninsula, and the New World and will take place at the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía, Baeza, Spain, from December 3 to 5, 2019.

Call for papers

IMS2022: 21st Quinquennial IMS Congress

Location: Athens, Greece
Dates: August 22–26, 2022

The 21st Quinquennial IMS Congress (IMS2022) will be held in Athens, Greece, from August 22 to 26, 2022. It is sponsored by the Hellenic Musicological Society under the aegis of the Department of Music Studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Department of Music Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Conference website: https://www.musicology.org/ims2022

47th MedRen Music Conference

Location: Basel, Switzerland
Dates: July 3–6, 2019

The IMS Study Group “Musical Iconography” will feature prominently at the 47th Med­Ren Music Conference, hosted by the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Basel, Switzerland, in July 2019, with a panel of nine papers (in three sessions): “Early Music Iconography: Methodological Worlds and Cultural Intersections.”

Conference website: https://medren2019basel.com

Atlantic Crossings: Music from 1492 through the Long 18th Century

Location: Boston, USA
Dates: June 7–8, 2019

The IMS Study Group “Early Music and the New World” will hold an open meeting during the session “From Colonies to Republics: Latin American Music in Transition, 1770–1825,” at the international conference Atlantic Crossings: Music from 1492 through the Long 18th Century at Boston University, USA, June 7 to 8, 2019.

Conference website: http://www.bu.edu/earlymusic/2018/09/26/program

“Conflict-/-Collaboration” 42nd Musicological Society of Australia Conference

7-9 December 2019

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash Univeristy, Clayton, Melbourne, Australia

Call for Papers – Submission Deadline 12 May 2019

Conference Webpage

Conflict-/-Collaboration

In recognising the challenges of a contemporary world where traditional cultural, social and geographical boundaries are regularly broken down and new ones set up, we have created a conference theme that juxtaposes two apparently opposing ideas – conflict and collaboration – to contemplate the consequences for art and everyday life. In music-related contexts we seek answers to the questions: what is the nature of conflict and its consequences; what is the nature of collaboration and its consequences; what happens when conflict and collaboration intersect?

Emphasising the MSA’s remit to encourage and support all disciplinary approaches to music research, we invite papers on any music-related research topic that considers conflict and/or collaboration.

An indication of the approaches and topics we hope to inspire include (but are not limited to):

  • Analytical studies of musical works that deal with conflict
  • Results of collaborative research projects
  • Internal conflicts experienced by practice-led music researchers
  • The gender gap in collaborative contemporary popular music
  • Conflicting views on music for worship
  • A philosophical argument for dispelling Lone Ranger myths and endorsing collective creativity
  • Music as distraction from unresolvable conflict situations
  • Assessing collaborative music-making apps
  • The conflict of the commission: client-composer negotiations
  • Illicit Associations: music critics and music producers
  • Conflicts encountered in preserving indigenous music
  • Is functional harmony a metaphor for collaboration?
  • Balancing the conflicting needs of stakeholders in community music-making
  • Ludomusicology in an era of media-supported extremism
  • Ethnological accounts of collaborations or conflicts between e.g. co-creators of musical works, performers and producers, teachers preparing musicians for competitions and so forth.

In addition to presentations that address the conference theme, and in keeping with the MSA’s objective of supporting all Australian music researchers and their current projects, abstracts on any aspect of music-related research are also welcomed

Proposal Submission Guidelines are available here:
http://msa.org.au/Main.asp?_=Melb2019&FormID=474

Deadline for Submissions is Midnight 12 May 2019 AEST

1st International Research Meeting for Music and Musicology Students

Call for Papers

EINEM 1st International Research Meeting for Music and Musicology Students

College Mateus d’Aranda, University of Évora (Portugal), November 28th-30th, 2019

Deadline for submissions: June 20th, 2019

The first edition of this international meeting for young researchers in the fields of Music and Musicology is being organised by the CESEM – Delegation of the University of Évora and its target audience are Master and PhD students in the field of Music: musicologists, musicians and composers.

By setting the goal of encouraging the exchange of experience and the promotion of the results of the projects carried out, this meeting pretends to show, promote, support and disseminate research activities in the fields of Music and Musicology, allowing participants to share their methodological approaches, reflections related to their fields of study and the results of their research works.

It aims at students of Music and Musicology who are studying at research institutions or higher education institutions in Portugal or anywhere on the planet.

Being focused on areas of interest for research in Music and Musicology, all topics related to these areas are welcome. Listed below are some topic suggestions, but other topics which are not mentioned will still be considered:

  • Studies of Early Music
  • Modern Music
  • Contemporary Music
  • Studies of Ethnomusicology
  • Education and Human Development
  • Critical Theory and Communication
  • Music and Technology: interdisciplinarity at the service of music production
  • Music and Literature
  • Music in relation to the other Performing Arts
  • Music and Social Intervention
  • The interpreter as educational force
  • Sonic or musical geography
  • Music as (im)material heritage
  • Music and Spirituality
  • Music Interpretation
  • Jazz studies

Organising & scientific committees, relevant info & deadlines and further inquires, visit the meeting website HERE

II Historical Soundscapes Meeting – Évora 2019

Call for Papers

II Historical Soundscapes Meeting – Évora 2019

College Mateus d’Aranda, University of Évora (Portugal), October 16th-18th, 2019

Deadline for submissions: May 10th, 2019

The notion of soundscapes, which is being increasingly referred to in international musicological circles, makes it possible to understand musical activity that takes place in a particular area from a wide-ranging contextual perspective, unlike a view centred on a composer or restricted group of composers. It enables us to reconstruct contexts, circuits and movement, and to map out the presence of music and musician, taking music as a social, political and cultural activity and not merely artistic.

The urban level is particularly suitable for observing the social networks that form musical activity. The role that the arts perform in the building of a social identity has been studied in recent years, both in the case of music and that of the visual arts. The historiography of the urban phenomenon has reformulated the concept of city in such a manner that social and cultural practice is as important as the notion of use of space and even socioeconomic structures. An interdisciplinary character marks the urban musicology branch, and contributions from various research areas are welcome. As well as musical activities in themselves (and other sonic manifestations), what they represent and their sources are also of interest; as are performers and directors, professionals and amateurs, times and spaces or even ceremonies and spontaneous practices, because all of these elements contribute to making up a soundscape, an identity in terms of sound.

The urban aspect with respect to the musical activity of the churches, convents and other religious institutions, and in the squares and theatres, creates a particularly rich ‘soundscape’ in the case of Évora, Lisbon, Coimbra and other European musical centres such as Madrid, Seville, Paris, and even other cities such as Salvador da Bahia or Rio de Janeiro. Following on from projects of this kind undertaken in Andalusia (Seville and Granada), the project proposed in relation to Évora is centred on charting as many historical sound events as possible in the city of Évora from 1540 to 1910.

Besides works about Évora, this Meeting aims to promote and articulate works about other landscapes, spaces and cities. It intends also to promote the interdisciplinary work in articulation with important areas for the definition and thought about historical soundscapes like Architecture, Sociology, Acoustic, Visual Arts or Philosophy, among others.

Themes to be developed:

  • Survey and charting of musical soundscapes
  • Spaces
  • Events
  • Festivals
  • Instrument makers
  • Musicians
  • Patrons
  • Iconography
  • Circuits
  • Processions
  • Repertoires
  • Musical reception
  • Amateurs – music schools and philharmonic bands
  • Theatre and music
  • Artisan and trade activities related to music
  • Music and popular dance in a historical context
  • Music militarization: the “music-soldiers”, military bands and clarion call in the military barracks.
  • Choral music

Organisation & scientific committees, Relevant dates & deadlines or further inquiries, visit the meeting website HERE

International Conference “Rethinking The Three-Cornered Hat A Hundred Years Later”

Palacio de la Madraza, University of Granada, Spain, 3rd – 5th July 2019 – Deadline: March 1st 2019

On 22nd July 1919, in the Alhambra Theatre in London, the Diaghilev Ballets Russes premiered one of the most relevant works in the history of Western dance and music, the international projection of Spanish culture and the configuration of the Spanishness imaginary. This ballet was based on the adaptation of Pedro Antonio de Alarcón’s book by María Lejárraga, and had a score by Manuel de Falla, set and costume designs by Pablo Picasso and a choreography by Léonide Massine. Since that moment, the ballet has been performed a huge number of times around the world, with versions by the most significant choreographers, and still lives in the repertoire of some current dance companies.


Moreover, The Three-Cornered Hat has focused the attention of many critics and scholars, who have built a large historiography throughout the years, both in Spain and abroad, which might
be advisable to review. The work becomes a relevant and complex creation where concepts such as the construction of stereotypes, the national identity, the authentic, the popular, and the joining of tradition and avant-garde are interwoven. Not many works have had such an impact on the spreading of the Spanish dance beyond its borders, of Picasso’s aesthetic innovations where his paintings had never been shown before, of Falla’s music, which has been played and versioned over and over again, being submitted to a constant process of resignification.


Therefore, this international conference proposes celebrating the centenary of this milestone which allowed the convergence of so many prominent Spanish and international artists, studying its world impact and assessing its contributions in dance, music, visual arts and literature.
With all these objectives, this scientific meeting is settled from an interdisciplinary perspective, which gathers the most recent research in dance history, musicology, history of art and philology, but also in other related areas, like sociology, philosophy, anthropology, communication, fashion, etc.


Papers may address, but are not limited to, the following topics: – Analysis of different aspects in choreography, musical language, scenography, costume design, and libretto of the original The Three-Cornered Hat version of 1919. – Study of the impact and critical fortune that The Three-Cornered Hat had in the different places where it has been performed. – Convergence of the work with other artistic international movements in the same historical and cultural context. – Analysis of the different The Three-Cornered Hat versions up to the present. – Influence of The Three Cornered Hat in the 20th and 21st centuries. – Spanishness in The Three-Cornered Hat and its derivations.

PAPER PROPOSALS The oral presentations will have a duration of 15 minutes. Papers will be admitted in Spanish, English and French. For submitting a proposal, an abstract of a maximum of 2,000 characters and a brief CV are to be submitted to sombrero3picos@ugr.es before 1st March 2019. The selection of papers by the Scientific Committee will be communicated by mail and will be considered for publication.

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

Juan Aguilera Sastre (IES Inventor Cosme García, Logroño)
Antonio Álvarez Cañibano (Centro de Documentación de Música y Danza – INAEM)
Miguel Cabañas Bravo (Instituto de Historia, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas) Eugenio Carmona (Universidad de Málaga)
Emilio Casares Rodicio (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Michael Christoforidis (University of Melbourne)
Chris Collins (Bangor University)
Lynn Garafola (Columbia University, Nueva York)
Mª Luz González Peña (Archivo SGAE)
Carol A. Hess (University of California Davis)
Beatriz Martínez del Fresno (Universidad de Oviedo)
Elna Matamoros Ocaña (Compañía Nacional de Danza)
Antonio Najarro (Ballet Nacional de España)
Yvan Nommick (Université Paul-Valéry de Montpellier III)
Emilio Peral Vega (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Gemma Pérez Zalduondo (Universidad de Granada)

INFORMATION All the questions should be sent to: sombrero3picos@ugr.es Web: https://sombrero3picos.wixsite.com/congresosombrero

Organisation: Fundación Archivo Manuel de Falla/Universidad de Granada/Universidad Complutense de Madrid/Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

Collaboration: Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada/Acción Cultural Española/Ayuntamiento de Granada/Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte-INAEM