“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.