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Symphonism in Nineteenth-Century Europe

10 - 12 May 2018, Oviedo
Edificio Histórico de la Universidad

Organized by Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Lucca ; Research Group ERASMUSH, University of Oviedo ; in collaboration with Ad Parnassum Journal

This conference aims to deal with the complex world of symphonism during the nineteenth century, a period in which symphonism encompassed not only the creation of musical products and performances, but also significantly affected many compositional approaches, as well as aesthetic factors, such as the opposition between programme and absolute music. The emergence of the great symphony orchestras led to unprecedented types of professional interaction, and new forms of patronage. It also fostered the creation of a specific repertoire, and the construction of the first purpose-built concert halls. These developments originated in Europe at the beginning of the 19th century, in conjunction with the development of music destined for increasing orchestral formations, and the concert as a social phenomenon, available to the public, rather than reserved for exclusive social circles sponsored by royalty, the aristocracy or the bourgeoisie. Finally, symphonic repertoire favoured the creation of a particular approach to performance among orchestral conductors, which continued into post-Romanticism and that have persisted to the present day.

The programme committee encourages submissions within the following areas, although other topics are also welcome:

• Repertoire, composition, analysis and musical creation

• Musical aesthetics and criticism: programme and absolute music

• Orchestras and symphonic ensembles

• Performing practice, orchestra conductors and performative models

• Musical performing venues, production system, consumption, entertainment system in the European countries

• The editing of orchestral music in Europe in the 19th century

• The public and its social component

• Dissemination and reception of symphonic models in Europe

Scholarly Committee: • Roberto Illiano (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini) ; • Luca Lévi Sala (New York University / Université de Montreal) ; Fulvia Morabito (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini) ; • Massimiliano Sala (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini) ; • Ramón Sobrino (Universidad de Oviedo) ; • José Ignacio Suárez (Universidad de Oviedo)

Keynote Speakers: • Ramón Sobrino (Universidad de Oviedo) ; • Christian Speck (Universität Koblenz-Landau)

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 in the series ‘Speculum musicae’, published by Brepols in Turnhout.

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 28 January 2018*** to <>. 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 February 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
56 rue de la Fédération
F - 93100 Montreuil
06 06 61 73 41

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