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Popular Songs in the 19th Century

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International Conference organised by

Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Lucca

Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française, Venice

Lucca, Complesso Monumentale di San Micheletto

30 November – 02 December 2019


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9.30-10.15 Welcome and Registration

10.15-10.30 Opening

  • Fulvia Morabito (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
  • Étienne Jardin (Palazzetto Bru Zane, Venice)

10.30-11.30 Keynote Speaker 1

  • Derek B. Scott (University of Leeds), The New Popular Songs of the Nineteenth Century

Coffee Break

12.00-13.00 Keynote Speaker 2

  • Michela Niccolai (IHRIM, Lyon2 / LaM, ULB), Montmartre en chansons. Salles, répertoires et interprètes entre café-concert et cabaret (1860-1914 environ)

13.00 Lunch

15.00-16.30 Central Europe and Spain

(Chair: Derek B. Scott, University of Leeds)

  • David Robb (Queen’s University, Belfast), The Truly Popular Protest Songs of the German 1848 Revolution
  • Tobias Fasshauer (Universität der Künste, Berlin), «Wenn das Banjo zittert»: Americanism in Popular Songs of the Wilhelmine Era
  • Viktor Velek (Czech Academy of Sciences, Masaryk Institute and Archives of the CAS, v. v. i.), Master Jan Hus and Hussitism as the Subject of Czech Social Songs in the 19thCentury

Coffee Break


  • Anja Bunzel (Musicology Department, Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences), Popular Song in the (Semi-)Private Domain? Considering the Nineteenth-Century Salon within the Context of Popular Culture
  • María Encina Cortizo – Ramón Sobrino (Universidad de Oviedo), The Repertoire of ‘Popular Song’ in the Spanish Nineteenth Century: A Round Trip beyond the Popular Music in Urban Spaces


9.00-11.00 Circulation

(Chair: Michela Niccolai, IHRIM, Lyon2 / LaM, ULB)

  • Eva-Maria de Oliveira Pinto (Bavarian Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs), Popular Songs in the Ecclesiastical Context:Discoveries in European and North American Organ Music of the 19th Century
  • Maria Birbili (Universität des Saarlandes), French Revolutionary Songs and their Politicized Proliferation around Europe from the early 19thto the early 20thCentury
  • Ewelina Czarnowska (Uniwersytet Warszawski), Commercial Music in Warsaw Coffeehouses between Two Uprisings
  • Chloe Valenti (University of Cambridge), Between Opera and Popular Song: British ‘Va, pensiero’ Reprints in the Mid Nineteenth Century

Coffee Break

11.30-13.00 United States

(Chair: Massimiliano Sala, Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)

  • Wojciech Bernatowicz (Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej, Lublin), «He’s Gone to Be a Soldier in the Army of the Lord»: Politics in the Antebellum American Popular Song
  • Paolo Somigli (Free University of Bolzano/Bozen) – Luigi Conidi (Bologna), in collaboration with ICAMus – The International Center for American Music: Metamorphoses and Permanence: The Music of Stephen Collins Foster in the History of American Popular Song
  • Candace Bailey (North Carolina Central University), Definition and Dissemination of Popular Song in the Southern United States

13.30 Lunch

15.00-17.00 Between Genres and Contexts (I)

(Chair: Derek B. Scott, University of Leeds)

  • Henrike Rost (Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln), «La Biondina in Gondoletta»: The Transnational Success Story of a Popular Gondola Song
  • Jan Dewilde (Royal Conservatoire Antwerp / Study Centre for Flemish Music), «I Know a Song»: The Popular Song in 19th-Century Flanders
  • Catarina Braga (CESEM/FCSH – Universidade Nova de Lisboa), The Portuguese Chansonnette at the End of the Nineteenth Century: The New Popular Song or a Mini-Comic Scene?
  • Pénélope Patrix (Université Paris Diderot), Le fado et le tango au xixesiècle : poétiques ‘canailles’ et imaginaires des origines

Coffee Break

17.30-19.00 Cultural and Social Issues

(Chair: Michela Niccolai, IHRIM, Lyon2 / LaM, ULB)

  • Bernardo Illari (University of North Texas, Denton, TX), Popular Music as Nation Building: Tertulia Songs in Buenos Aires, 1810-1840
  • Jörg Holzmann (Universität Leipzig), ‘Marlbrough s’en va-t-en guerre’:A Former Soldiers Song, Spreading over Europe and the Americas, Changes its Applications – From Toast and Children’s Song to a Fraternity Ceremony, from England to Mexico and Sweden
  • Mirella Di Vita (Conservatorio ‘Antonio Vivaldi’, Alessandria), Pesnja e Romans: le forme della lirica vocale russa agli inizi del xixsecolo


9.30-11.00 Between Genres and Contexts (II)

(Chair: Roberto Illiano, Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)

  • Emily Shyr (Duke University, Durham, NC), The Prince of Song Revisits the Erl-King: The Role of Popular Song in Schubert’s Impromptu No. 1 in C Minor, D. 899
  • Mark McFarland (Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA), Debussy the Patriot?
  • Beatriz Pomés Jiménez (Universidad de Navarra), Pablo Sarasate’s Spanish Dances: A Contextual Study

Coffee Break

11.30-13.00 Islands and Transatlantic Routes

(Chair:Fulvia Morabito, Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)

  • Áine Mulvey (Dublin City University), Dialect Verse and Songwriting during the Irish Cultural Revival (1891-1922)
  • Flávia Camargo Toni (Universidade de São Paulo), The Twenty Modinhasfor Voice and Piano by Sigismund Neukomm and Joaquim Manoel da Câmara Cruz: a ‘Transatlantic’ Partnership
  • Henry Stoll (Harvard University, Cambridge, MA), Postcolonial Contrafacta and the Songs of Haitian Independence

13.30 Lunch

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