Neoclassical Reverberations of Discovering Antiquity

Twelfth conference of the ICTM Study Group for the Iconography of the Performing Arts

in collaboration with the Istituto per i beni musicali in Piemonte

will be held at the Archivio di Stato di Torino

Torino, 6–10 October 2014

With the discoveries of Herculaneum and Pompeii, the eighteenth century marked the birth of modern archaeological methods. The newly discovered Roman sites became a leading attraction for intellectuals travelling in Italy on the Grand Tour, and equally admired by royalty, young British students, or artists and musicians. On the other hand, Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign inspired the fashion of Egyptomania, which could be in its different forms traced back to antiquity. These new opportunities for the study of Mediterranean antiquity and the general fascination with it, made the ancient artistic vocabulary fashionable throughout Europe, and it was reflected in the most diverse aspects of nineteenth-century life, ranging from the decoration of public buildings and artistic and architectural styles, to fashion, furniture, and opera libretti. The conference aims to examine the influences and reflections of this new knowledge of antiquity on visual arts as related to music.

  • Music in neoclassical visual art
  • The impact of archaeological explorations at Pompeii and  Herculaneum
  • New visions of ancient musical life and myths
  • Public buildings decorated in the ancient Roman style
  • Music of ancient Egypt and North Africa as seen by Western artists
  • Antiquity in operatic scenography
  • Musical impressions by artists on Grand Tours

Free papers will be also considered


Abstracts of 200–300 words may be submitted before 1 May 2014 to:

Zdravko Blažeković

Research Center for Music Iconography

City University of New York,

The GraduateCenter

365 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY10016-4309

Cristina Santarelli

Istituto per i beni musicali in Piemonte

Via Anton Giulio Barrili 7

10134 Torino

Further information will be posted at


Mechanical Musical Instruments

Call for Papers: Mechanical Musical Instruments, Guildhall School, London, Jul 2013

Papers are invited for a conference to be held on Sunday 7th and Monday 8th July 2013 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. Peter Holman will be the keynote speaker. The event is a collaboration between the Guildhall School and the National Early Music Association and will focus on all aspects of how mechanical musical instruments might serve as sources both for historical repertoire and performance practice. Abstracts by Friday 1st February to:

From water organs to player pianos, the production and reproduction of music by mechanical means has been a source of fascination to many cultures. But what impact can the study of these machines have on live musicians studying the music, and the particular ways of performing music from past eras? What are the advantages, issues and problems connected with this type of research?

The conference will feature papers, a keynote address, a performance by GSMD students on the Historical Performance programme and also a visit (to be confirmed) to the Colt Clavier Collection—home of the Barrel Organ featured on ERATO’s recording of two Handel Organ Concertos (among other pieces) in the 1980s.

Abstracts, of no more than 250 words for papers of 20 minutes or lecture recitals of 30 minutes duration, should cover the aims, background, content and significance of the research. Papers will be followed by a five to ten minute period for questions.


RIdIM Conference 2013

Call for Papers

Association RIdIM (Repertoire International d’Iconographie Musicale), in association with Don Juan Archiv Wien, is organising the

14th International RIdIM Conference on Music Iconography

Visual intersections: negotiating Easterness and Westerness

to be held in Istanbul (Turkey), 5 – 7 June 2013.

The Conference will present recent research on topics related to musical

iconography, with particular attention to the following three themes:

  • Iconography and the study of musical instruments
  • Music iconography of the Middle East, including Byzantine and Ottoman Art and issues related to the exchange between East and West and the discourse on “Exotism” in visual sources
  • The concept of object-oriented analyses in music iconography

Offers of full-length (up to 40-minute) papers and shorter (maximum 15-minute) contributions are invited.  Papers should focus on the presentation of original research and findings, and may be on any topic relevant to the above three themes.

Presentations which incorporate live musical performance will be most welcome but should be presented as a paper-recital or paper-demonstration.

The languages of the abstracts and presentations will be English and / or French. Papers must be delivered in person at the Conference by at least one of the named authors.  There will be a fee for participation in the Conference.


The organisers request that abstracts (200 words maximum) of full-length papers and titles of short contributions should be sent by e-mail to by 30th November 2012.  Please indicate the length of presentation envisaged.  Acceptance of submissions will be notified to the author by 31st January 2013. Accepted abstracts will be placed on the RIdIM website.

Please include with the abstract

  • a brief curriculum vitae of 100 words maximum,
  • a brief statement in which you express your agreement that your presented conference paper may be published in the conference proceedings prepared by RIdIM.

These two items obviously are not included in the word count of the abstract as above.

Please notify the organisers as soon as possible (preferably by e-mail) if you expect to attend the Conference – whether or not you intend to give a paper – to help with planning, and so that you will then receive further information about the meeting.  Information about the Conference will be maintained on the website

For further information, please contact, indicating in the subject header: “Istanbul Conference 2013”