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L'abbé Gounod: French Sacred Music during the Romantic Era

5-7 October 2018, Lucca
Complesso Monumentale di San Micheletto

Organized by Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Lucca ; Palazzetto Bru Zane, Venice

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

Scholarly 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 may also be considered in other European languages. 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 no more than 200 words 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
conferences@luigiboccherini.org
www.luigiboccherini.org

 

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