27-29 September 2024, Sant’Ilario d’Enza
Deadline: Sunday 14 April 2024
Sant’Ilario d’Enza (Reggio Emilia), Centro Culturale Mavarta
Keynote Speakers: Iain Fenlon (University of Cambridge) ; • Allen J. Grieco (Associated Senior Scholar, Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies)
Conferences, seminars and even publications that have approached the subject of ‘Food and Music’ in an interdisciplinary and integrated way are rare if not inexistent. This is especially true when a wider definition of music, encompassing what R. Murray Schafer defined as soundscapes, is adopted. In as much as it has been considered by historians, conventional treatments of the topic immediately conjure up high end banquets of the early modern period in Europe, and the music that often preceded and ended them in the form of prayer, or accompanied them as entertainment performed between courses. This conference intends to reach out to less well known aspects of this relationship, by encouraging contributions from a wide spectrum of different cultures dealing not only with the consumption of food and drink, but also with its production as reflected in the sonic worlds of labour, exemplified by the songs of fishermen and harvesters, and its sale and distribution. This latter category includes not only the well-known phenomenon of street cries, which is particularly well documented for more than one European city from the Middle Ages onwards, but also the soundscapes of urban markets. Contributions about changing medical/dietetic theories regarding the function of music at banquets, such as papers on the notion of ‘recreation,’ one of the six non-naturals, are also envisaged, as are those exploring the evidence of commonplace books, travel diaries, and iconography. As these examples suggest, the three main themes of the meeting are the music and sound of the production, distribution, and consumption of food and drink in pre-industrial Europe.
The official languages of the conference are English, French, Italian and Spanish. Papers selected at the conference will be published in a miscellaneous volume.
Programme Committee: Iain Fenlon (University of Cambridge), Allen J. Grieco (Associated Senior Scholar, Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies), Roberto Illiano (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini), Étienne Jardin (Palazetto Bru Zane), Fulvia Morabito (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini), Silvia Perucchetti (Independent Researcher, Corpo Filarmonico di S. Ilario), Massimiliano Sala (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
Organized by Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini ; Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française, under the auspices of Comune di Sant’Ilario d’Enza, Corpo Filarmonico di Sant'Ilario.
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