Outside the Theatre: Music in Unconventional Venues of Nineteenth-Century Europe


International Conference organised by

Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini

Research Group ERASMUSH, University of Oviedo


Oviedo, Edificio Histórico de la Universidad

23-25 May 2024


The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini and the Research Group ERASMUSH of the University of Oviedo (Spain) are pleased to promote the symposium «Outside the Theatre: Music in Unconventional Venues of Nineteenth-Century Europe», to be held from Thursday 23 until Saturday 25 May 2024.

This conference wishes to explore the unconventional spaces where concerts or musical evenings were organised in the 19th century. Outside theatres and concert halls, in fact, there were many private or public spaces where music resonated in cities all over Europe. The spaces could be outdoors, such as gardens or municipal parks, spas or swimming pools, but also squares or fairs. In all these cases, the study of the acoustics of the place influenced repertoires and settings. But even in the case of indoor spaces, the acoustical context could vary considerably, as concerts were also realised under circus tents, in brothels, casinos, or on ships.

These unusual spaces could create events in themselves, and our intention is to study all the possible implications in a comprehensive examination of the circumstances in 19th-century European cities.

The committee encourages the submission of proposals in the following thematic areas

  • Urban Spaces Used As Performance Venues
  • Paid And Public Concerts
  • City Lighting And The Problem Of Public Displays
  • Private Homes And Gardens
  • Events In Circuses, Ships, Swimming Pools, And Other Venues
  • The Acoustics Of Sound Spaces
  • Architecture And Music
  • Associations And Institutions That Promoted Music In Attractive Places
  • Repertoires, Genres, Cross-Fertilisations Between The Arts
  • Music In International Exhibitions And Similar Events
  • Urban Ephemeral Venues For Music Shows

Programme Committee:

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

Keynote Speakers:

  • Emilio Casares Rodicio (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
  • Étienne Jardin (Palazzetto Bru Zane)

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 Sunday ***11 February 2024*** 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 2024, 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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