You are here:  Home  >  Call for papers  >  Current Article

Musical Exoticism in the Long Nineteenth Century (1789-1918)

    Print       Email

organized by

Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini (Lucca)

Research Group ERASMUSH, University of Oviedo

Palazetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française, Venice

 (Oviedo, Edificio Histórico de la Universidad)

12 – 14 May 2022

Virtual Conference



The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca, the Research Group ERASMUSH of the University of Oviedo (Spain) and the Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française of Venice are pleased to promote the symposium «Musical Exoticism in the Long Nineteenth-Century (1789-1918)», to be held from Thursday 12 until Saturday 14 May 2022.

The sound image of the otherness has been a continuous source of inspiration for Western music. The interest in ethnic – Arabs, Moors, Gypsies or Jews – and geographical otherness – Turkey, Egypt, Orient or Spain – discovered new worlds with unfamiliar musical traditions that became exotic to Westerners. From Mozart to Falla, the composers’ intent to recreate/assimilate these exotic traditions generated an extensive repertoire of paradigms in the long nineteenth century that tried to conduct the listener beyond into another world. The analysis of this corpus also provides a deep and comprehensive approach to contemporary musical culture in dialogue with literature and figurative arts.

This conference explores the concept of musical exoticism in a broader sense, revisiting the two Locke’s patterns: the ‘Exotic-Style Only’ and ‘All the Music in Full Context’ paradigms, also considering the analysis not only of the musical creation’s cultural and political contexts but also of the various exotic repertoires and their critical reception.

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

  • Exoticism as transculturation: a new way of assimilation/appropriation to the geographical and ethnic peripheries
  • Synergies and dialogues between exoticist music, literature and figurative arts
  • The Oriental, the National, the ethnic or the pittoresque: conforming stereotypes in musical languages
  • The imperialism and the musical exoticism
  • The autoexoticism: searching for difference in one’s own culture
  • Exotic scores with Western techniques: borrowings, quotes, and musical recreations
  • Exoticism as a path to modernity at the end of the 19th-century
  • Analysing the exotic music: languages, sources of inspiration, technical devices, paradigms
  • The Exotic repertoire’s reception: beyond the portrayal of the East in the Western mind
  • Self-awareness of the exotic condition: the reception of the exoticist Western music in its original ‘exotic’ contexts
  • Critics’ and scholars’ approaches to the exotic repertoire

Programme Committee:

  • María Encina Cortizo (Universidad de Oviedo)
  • Roberto Illiano (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
  • Étienne Jardin (Palazetto Bru Zane)
  • Fulvia Morabito (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
  • Massimiliano Sala (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
  • Ramón Sobrino (Universidad de Oviedo)

Keynote Speakers:

  • Jean-Pierre Bartoli (Sorbonne Université / IReMus)
  • Ramón Sobrino (Universidad de Oviedo)


The official languages of the conference are English, French, 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 ***6 February 2022*** to <conferences@luigiboccherini.org>. Please include your name, contact details (postal address, e-mail and telephone number) and (if applicable) your affiliation with your proposal.

The committee will make its final decision on the abstracts by the end of February, 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



  • New Masterclass

    New Masterclass

You might also like...

Music and Institutions in Fascist Italy

Read More →
+ +