vendredi 5 février 2021

The Figured Bass Accompaniment in Europe

10-12 September 2021, Brescia
Call for Papers
BresciaScuola Diocesana di Musica ‘Santa Cecilia’

Because of the continuing uncertainties arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the organisers of this conference will make contingency plans for an online event, in case an in-person gathering is not possible

The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca, the Research Group Palma Choralis® and the Dipartimento di Musica Antica ‘Città di Brescia’ – are pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the symposium «The Figured Bass Accompaniment in Europe», to be held from 10 to 12 September 2021.

The basso continuo phenomenon, as a practice for accompanying one or more vocal and/or instrumental lines, spread throughout Europe and colonies from the end of the sixteenth century to the threshold of the nineteenth century, including several stylistic and notational peculiarities, according to different contexts and repertoires.

As a halfway between composition and performance, which can integrate and/or substitute other notational systems, continuo was born as a shorthand of a contrapuntal texture that was extemporaneously reconstructed by performers. Nevertheless, continuo practice and partimento from the late eighteenth century became also pedagogical tools essential to the composition training.

The conference, open to musicologists, performers, and music teachers intends to explore developments, stylistic features, similarities and idiosyncrasies of the figured bass across different geographical areas and periods of time. We investigate any kind of sources, documentation, music instruments (e.g. organological features, line-ups, doublings) as well as performative contexts, both professional (e.g. theatre, church, court) and amateur (e.g. domestic enjoyment of certain social classes).

Special attention is paid to improvisation issues and the complexity of cognitive resources and mental representations related to perception/imagination of the musical discourse. Furthermore, as continuo notation turns out to be particularly versatile, it leaves it open to a broad spectrum of possibilities (e.g. from tasto solo to big chords, or instrumental gestures) to be used by performers as a means for musical expression and creativity.

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

Programme Committee:

Keynote Speakers:

The official languages of the conference are English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. 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 biographical information.

All proposals should be submitted by email no later than ***28 March 2021*** 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 April 2021, 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


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Vendredi 5 Février, 2021