Beyond Sovereignism: New perspectives on Fausto Torrefranca


Beyond sovereignism: New perspectives on Fausto Torrefranca, 11-13 March 2021

Roma Tre University, via Ostiense 139 – 00154 Rome, Italy

Organizer: Department of Philosophy, Communication and Performing Arts – Roma Tre University

Fausto Torrefranca (1883-1955) was a prominent musicologist and music critic, and held the first Chair in Music History at any Italian university. His reputation has been tainted by his strong nationalistic feelings and inclination towards acrimonious and, by today’s standards, politically inconvenient controversies. After his death, he became remembered primarily as the interpreter par excellence of a dusty and obtuse musicological sovereignism. For this reason, he never enjoyed particular consideration among the scholars who came after him, nor was his work judged with the equanimity it deserved. However, the few musicologists who have examined his writings carefully have realized that his work, strong ideological connotations notwithstanding, does not lack a strong methodological foundation—on the contrary. In addition to a profound knowledge of the sources, his writings reveal a keen intuition and uncommon ability to elaborate innovative historiographical hypotheses.

The goal of this conference is not only to revisit but also to spread new knowledge about Torrefranca’s work, thereby restoring the international dimension that it had during his lifetime, when Torrefranca was one of the few Italian musicologists known and published abroad.

Suggested themes (in any case with reference to the career and works of Fausto Torrefranca) include, but are not limited to:

– Biographical aspects

– ‘Politically Incorrect’ Torrefranca

– Aesthetics

– Research methods and tools (philology, ecdotics, musical description and analysis, etc.)

– Study and cataloging of sources, bibliographic research

– Studies on the Middle Ages and the Fifteenth Century

– Studies on eighteenth-century instrumental music

– Studies on music theater from the seventeenth to the twentieth century

– Writings on the music of Torrefranca’s own time

– Dissemination of musical culture and knowledge exchange

– Relationship between music and other performing arts and media

– Professional networks in musicology (national and international)


Luca Aversano (Coordinator, Roma Tre University)

Virgilio Bernardoni (University of Bergamo)

Giorgio Biancorosso (Hong Kong University)

Stephanie Klauk (Universität des Saarlandes)

Cormac Newark (Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London)Jacopo Pellegrini (Roma Tre University)


Scholars interested in participating are invited to submit, by 31 May 2020, an abstract of no more than 300 words and a short bio-bibliographical note (approx. 150 words) to the following e-mail address: Papers must last 20 minutes ca.

The programme committee will select proposals based on their relevance to the themes of the conference. It will make its final decision on the abstracts by the end of June 2020, and prospective contributors will be informed immediately thereafter.


The official languages of the conference will be Italian and English.


There are no registration fees. The organizers will provide meals and refreshments during the conference for all participants. Accomodation and travel expenses will be covered by all participants themselves. The organizers will suggest accommodation options (in partner Hotels) for different price categories.


The organizers are planning to publish the proceedings of the conference by the end of 2022.


Please send all correspondence and queries to the following address: 

In, from, and towards the Americas – Musical Migrations: Transnational Communities, Oral History and Cultural Memory. II MUSAM International Conference

  • Deadline: May 15, 2019
  • Conference dates: October 24-25, 2019
  • Conference venue: Complutense University of Madrid (Spain)

The II International Conference of the Study Group ‘Music and (Latin)American Studies’ (MUSAM) of the Spanish Society of Musicology (SEdeM) warmly encourages submissions within the following themes, although other topics are also welcome:

– Methodologies, historiographical problems, and sources for the study of migratory processes in music towards/from/in the Americas.

– Migrations of musicians: motivations and networks.

– Circulation, reception, and transformation of repertoires, genres, and musical and choreographical techniques.

– Export/import of musical instruments, organological models and performance practices.

– Transnational communities and musical migration.

– Oral sources and historical interpretation.

– Interrelations between academic and popular musical repertoires.

– Familiar history, domestic spaces, and everyday life.

– Musical migration: construction of individual and collective memory.

– Colonialism, Postcolonialism, and Cultural History: interdisciplinary challenges and musical imaginaries of Americanism.

Proposals must be sent as an attachment (.doc, .docx, .rtf) to, and include: title and abstract (ca. 200 words), institutional affiliation (when applicable), short bio (ca. 150 words), e-mail. Languages: English, Spanish and Portuguese

Conference fee: 40€ (ES88.2100.3477.9322.0009.7194)


Study Group ‘Music and (Latin)American Studies’ (MUSAM) of the Spanish Society of Musicology (SEdeM) and Complutense University of Madrid


Victoria Eli Rodríguez (Complutense University of Madrid)

Javier Marín López (University of Jaen)


Belén Vega Pichaco (University of La Rioja)


Enrique Cámara de Landa (University of Valladolid)

Emilio Casares Rodicio (Complutense University of Madrid)

David Cranmer (Universidade Nova de Lisboa-CESEM/Caravelas)

María Gembero-Ustárroz (Mila & Fontanals Institution-CSIC, Barcelona)

Julio Ogas Jofre (University of Oviedo)

Irma Ruiz (CONICET, Universidad de Buenos Aires)

Juan Francisco Sans (Central University of Venezuela)