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On the occasion of the birth anniversaries of Antonín Dvořák and César Franck
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Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Lucca

Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française

10-12 December 2021



On the occasion of the birth anniversaries of Antonín Dvořák and César Franck, the Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca, the Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française (Venice) and the National Museum (Prague), are pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the symposium «Chamber Music 1850-1918», to be held as virtual conference from Friday 10 until Sunday 12 December 2021.

The present conference aims to investigatethe development of chamber music in the context of the variegated and complex Western musical world between the middle of the nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth century in light of scientific and technological progress, geopolitical upheavals, the consequent changes in social behaviors and practices, and aesthetic visions.

In particular, the conference aims to explore how chamber music developed in private social circles (families, salons, amateur gatherings, private societies) and in public concerts. Which new genres and gatherings emerged? In addition the conference will focus on the reception of the chamber music repertoire in the written accounts of musical habits (diaries, correspondence, periodicals) and contemporary music history studies — including attempts by musicographers or music critics to define an aesthetic discourse specific to chamber music (eg., the sublime, lyrical, intimate) — also dwelling on analytical and theoretical approaches applied to chamber music repertoire, such as narratology, organicism (developing variation, cyclical theme, Grundgestalt), neo-Riemannian theory, Schenkerian or reductive analysis, or Caplin’s theory of formal functions.

The programme committee encourages submissions within the following general areas:

  • Concert and performing venues
  • Professionalism vs amateurism
  • Studies focusing on the career, repertoire and reception of professional groups
  • Concerts, societies, subscriptions
  • Chamber music and publishers
  • Instruments, timbres and ensembles
  • Performing traditions in the history of chamber music
  • The conciliation or contradictions of national and individual expression
  • The use and function of musical topoi in the musical discourse
  • The quest for new sonorities and instrumental combinations
  • Issues of literary–musical correspondence and prosody in the vocal repertoire

And in particular, on Dvořák and Franck:

  • The young César Franck and the milieu of piano virtuosos in France and Europe
  • César Franck and the French organ tradition
  • César Franck’ssense of instrumental writing, voice color and orchestration
  • The spiritual conception expressed in Franck’s religious works
  • The nature of Franck’s influence on French composers from the younger generation
  • The performing tradition of César Franck’s music
  • César Franck’s reception and legacy
  • Antonín Dvořák and salon music
  • The origins and existence of theBohemianQuartet
  • The chamber works of Dvořák’s pupils (Josef Suk, Vítězslav Novák etc.)
  • The performance practice and reception of Dvořák’schamber works
  • Virtuosity vs. effect in Dvořák’s solo piano compositions
  • Publishing strategies: FritzSimrock as the main Dvořákpublisher and promoter
  • Antonín Dvořák as a musician: his performances and his compositional strategies inwriting in ‘simple style’

Programme Committee:

  • François de Médicis (Université de Montréal)
  • David Hurwitz (ClassicsToday.com)
  • Roberto Illiano (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
  • Étienne Jardin (Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française)
  • Fulvia Morabito (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
  • Massimiliano Sala (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
  • Veronika Vejvodová (National Museum, Prague)

Keynote Speaker:

  • François de Médicis (Université de Montréal)

Invited Speaker:

  • Veronika Vejvodová (National Museum, Prague)

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 biographical information.

All proposals should be submitted by email no later than ***25 April 2021*** 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 May 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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