Bucharest, 2–6 September, 2019

Call for Papers

The National University of Music in Bucharest in collaboration with the IMS Regional Association for the Study of Music of the Balkans announce an International Musicological Conference on the subject Musical and Cultural Osmoses in the Balkans. The conference will take place at the National University of Music Bucharest, on 2–6 September, 2019.

The purpose of the International Musicological Conference is to promote interaction, research, discussion and intercultural dialogue among musicologists, ethnomusicologists, researchers and students from Romania, the Balkans and other countries with an interest on the different local musical traditions in South-East Europe and their interactions to the Mediterranean and broader region.

The conference strongly encourages debating subjects such as art music in the Balkans and its interactions with Western Europe traditions, Byzantine and Post-Byzantine chant, methodologies and new trends in Musicology and Ethnomusicology/Music Anthropology of the Balkans, current issues and approaches in Music Education in the Balkans, music and political regimes.

Proposal may address (but are not limited to) the following categories that fall under the topic of the conference:

  1. Art Music in the Balkans
  2. Byzantine and post-Byzantine chant
  3. Musical encounters: Silk roads across Mediterranean area to Asia
  4. Ethnomusicology – Anthropology
  5. Methodologies and new trends in Musicology and Music Theory
  6. Music and politics

The official conference language is English. However, participants can present in Romanian, having submitted prior to the conference and at a set deadline a translation of the final paper in English.

Proposals are invited for:

  • 20-minute papers
  • Panels of up to four presentations (90 minutes).

Abstracts of 20-minute papers should not exceed 300 words and panels’ proposals should contain the description of the panel’s subject (no more than 100 words) and an abstract (no more than 300 words) for each paper included in the panel.

All proposals should be sent electronically as an attachment to the following email address: IMS2019bucharest@unmb.ro with the subject line: Musical and Cultural Osmoses in the Balkans.

The attachment should include the following information as well:

  • Name(s) of the author(s) and institution affiliation (if applicable)
  • Type of proposal
  • Title of the paper/panel proposal
  • Short biographical note of the author(s) (100 words)

Full audiovisual equipment and adequate technical support is available for all presentations.

Important dates:

  • Abstracts of proposals/panels: no later than 22 February 2019
  • Notification of approval: no later than 22 March 2019
  • Submission of finalised papers (only in cases of translated papers from Romanian to English): no later than 1 August 2019

Registration fees:

Participants: 30 Euros (10 Euros for students, including PhD candidates)

Date and venue:

Bucharest, 2–6 September, 2019, National University of Music Bucharest, 33 Știrbei Vodă Str., Sector 1, 010102 Bucharest, Romania (http://www.unmb.ro).

Contact information:

Further instructions and details will soon be posted on the conference webpage: ims2019bucharest.ro.
See also: http://www.musicology.org/networks/ra/rasmb
Announcements will also appear on the webpage of the National University of Music Bucharest (http://www.unmb.ro) and the New Europe College (http://www.nec.ro).

“L’abbé Gounod”: French Sacred Music during the romantic era

Charles_Gounod_(1890)_by_Nadarorganized by
Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini (Lucca)

Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française, Venice

Lucca, Complesso Monumentale di San Micheletto
05 – 07 October 2018

Call for Papers

The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca and Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française, Venice are organizing the symposium «“L’abbé Gounod”: French Sacred Music during the romantic era», to be held in Lucca, Complesso Monumentale di San Micheletto, from Friday 05 until Sunday 07 October 2018.
Even if Charles Gounod (1818-1893) signed his scores as “abbé Gounod” for a very short period of time, his involvement in the production of Sacred Music never diminished from the 1840’s –when he was pensionnaire at the French Academy in Rome  (Villa Médicis)– to the end of his carrier. By focusing on Gounod’s sacred production, this conference aims to explore his works but also the context in which he produced his masses, motets and hymns. We encouraged Music analyses (with a special focus on Gounod’s oratorios: Tobie, La Rédemption, Mors e Vita & Saint François d’Assise) as much as Reception studies, Biographical studies and papers that will focuses on Gounod relations with music publishers, Sacred Music institutions or other Sacred Music composers.
This conference also aims to revaluate French Sacred Romantic Music in its entirety. Even if this production from the Napoleonic era to the 1903 Motu proprio (and the 1905 Separation of State and Church) has been oversized, searchers during the last decades have mostly neglected it and often treated it with contempt because of its specular tendencies. By studying the places where this music was performed, the purpose of its executions and the long history of French Sacred Operas we might be able to examine this production not only as Church Music but in a larger perspective.

Topics of investigation include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Studies on Gounod’s oratorios: Tobie, La Rédemption, Mors e Vita, Saint François d’Assise
• Studies on Gounod’s masses, motets and hymns (in French or English).
• Sacred Music in Rome during the time Gounod was at the Académie de France, Villa Médicis (1840’s)
• Gounod’s religiosity revealed by his correspondence or his other writings
• Christianity in Gounod’s stage work
• The place of Gounod within French Sacred Music landscape
• Gounod’s relation with editors and market value of Sacred Music during the romantic period in France
• The influence of England on Gounod’s production of Sacred Music

Programme Committee:
• Gérard Condé (President Association nationale Hector Berlioz)
• Étienne Jardin (Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française)
• Roberto Illiano (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
• Fulvia Morabito (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
• Clair Rowden (Cardiff University)
• Massimiliano Sala (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)

Keynote Speakers:

• Gérard Condé (President Association nationale Hector Berlioz)
• Clair Rowden (Cardiff University)

The official languages of the conference are English, French 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 15 April 2018*** 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 April 2018, 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