Musical Interpretation and Performance from the 19th
to the 21st Century


organised by

Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini

Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française, Venice

in collaboration with

IAM – Italian Institute for Applied Musicology

Bergamo, Fondazione MIA (Sala Locatelli)

10-12 November 2023



The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca and the Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française of Venice, in collaboration with Fondazione Mia (Bergamo), are pleased to promote the symposium «Musical Interpretation and Performance from the 19th to the 21st Century», to be held in Bergamo, Fondazione Mia (Sala Locatelli), from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 November 2023.

This conference aims to study musical performance from the nineteenth century to the present day. Studies on the performance of different artists, the social development of the performer’s role, reception through music criticism, the development of musical taste, improvisation, experimentation and happenings are particularly welcome.

The study of performance prior to sound recording is conveyed to us by oral or written accounts. With the advent of recordings, however, the history of performance mirrors the cultural changes of a society and its values. It is therefore possible to propose studies on the development of musical recording, its impact on composition and live music, and on different performances of the same work, including recordings of operatic performances.

In the case of opera, as well as of any work for musical theatre, screen or multimedia medium, the performance often includes multiple elements (dance, acting, singing, performance of instrumental music, etc.) and is the result of the interpretative visions of multiple parties: the authors (composer, librettist or scriptwriter), the producers, those involved in staging or production, the various performers, etc.

Studies on what Nicholas Cook terms «musical multimedia», that is, all types of texts that rely on multiple communicative codes and in which music is an intrinsic part, are therefore welcome.

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

  • Musical work between text and performance
  • Creation and interpretation
  • Cultural elements beyond the performance
  • Performance practice, Historical Periods and Interpretation
  • Technical skills and musical interpretation
  • Performance and Improvisation
  • Musical experimentation and Happenings
  • Musical Genres and Performance
  • Interpretation and Social Identity
  • The relationship between performer and audience in the creation of a musical meaning
  • Musical interpretation and musical narrative
  • Thought and Gesture
  • Types of Reproduction and the Development of Musical Recording
  • The influence of recording on Composition and Concerts

Programme Committee:

  • Roberto Illiano (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
  • Étienne Jardin (Palazetto Bru Zane)
  • Massimiliano Locanto (Università di Salerno)
  • Fulvia Morabito (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
  • Massimiliano Sala (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)

Keynote Speaker:

  • Rémy Campos (Conservatoire de Paris / HEM – HES-SO)

The official languages of the conference are English, French, 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 ***16 April 2023*** to <>. 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 April, and contributors will be informed immediately thereafter. Further information about the programme and registration will be announced after that date.

For any additional information, please contact:

Dr. Massimiliano Sala



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