Music for Liturgy and Devotion in Italy around 1600

Conference, Friday 4th November and Saturday 5th November 2016,
Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, The University of Manchester

Keynote speakers:
Daniele V. Filippi (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis)
Noel O’Regan (Edinburgh College of Art)

New deadline for proposals: 4 September 2016

The decades around the turn of the seventeenth century were marked by a new religious self-consciousness developing within the Catholic world over the course of the latter part of the sixteenth century – usually associated with the Council of Trent and the Counter-Reformation but in fact fuelled by a great diversity of intellectual and religious currents which continue to fuel discussions among historians. Italy, besides being one of the main centres of the Catholic world, was home to an extremely rich musical culture, witnessing in the time around 1600 a huge variety of musical styles designated or adapted to enhance the practice of the faith. Large-scale polychoral works for the Tridentine liturgy existed side-by-side with the more intimate genres of musica spirituale which occasionally straddled the stylistic and functional boundaries to the secular realm.

Fascinatingly diverse, this repertoire has long offered a fruitful field of research for musicologists. However, given its chronological situation in a period transgressing the traditional epochal definitions, study of this music has struggled to find a ‘home’ in the standard historiographical discourse, resulting in a perceivable lack of opportunity for researchers working in this area to communicate their knowledge. This conference aims to respond to this need and to act as a forum of exchange for scholars working on Italian liturgical and devotional music in the decades around 1600.

We welcome proposals for papers in English of 20 minutes duration or performance workshops of 30 minutes. The proposals should include the title, an abstract of no more than 300 words and a short biography (approx. 100 words). The extended deadline is 4 September 2016. Applicants will be notified by 15 September.

Submissions should be emailed to

Inquiries can be directed to Rosemarie Darby and Ginte Medzvieckaite through the contact form on the conference website or using the email address given above.

Autopsie eines Gesamtkunstwerks: das Chorbuch der Münchner Jahrhunderthochzeit von 1568

Vienna, Austrian Academy of Sciences, 21–23 April 2016

troJa 2016: Kolloquium und Jahrbuch für Renaissancemusik is devoted to a monographic study of a sumptuously decorated choirbook of the Austrian National Library, Cod. Suppl. Mus. 2129. It will be investigated from a multidisciplinary perspective with a particular focus on the interplay of music, texts and images. As the only piece of music it contains the three-partite wedding motet “Gratia sola Dei” by Orlande de Lassus, which he composed for the spectacular wedding celebrations of the Wittelsbach crown prince William (V) of Bavaria to Renata of Lorraine in 1568.

Speakers: Martin Arneth, Dagmar Eichberger, Andrea Gottdang, Jürgen Heidrich, Andreas Pfisterer, Klaus Pietschmann, Harriet Rudolph, Katelijne Schiltz, Bernhold Schmid, Katja Schmitz-von Ledebur, Nicole Schwindt, Björn R. Tammen, Maria Theisen, Philipp Weiß.

For the first time organized in Austria, troJa 2016 is hosted by the Institute for History of Art and Musicology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Direction: Björn R. Tammen (Vienna) in cooperation with Nicole Schwindt (Trossingen). Conference venue: Austrian Academy of Sciences, Theatersaal, Sonnenfelsgasse 19, 1010 Vienna, Austria. The conference will open on April 21, 2016, at 17:00, and close on April 23, 2016, at 12:30. There is no registration fee. If you would like to attend, please email the local organizer at A final and detailed schedule  is published online at

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