Music Theory Online
The Online Journal of the Society for Music Theory
Volume 6, Number 3, August, 2000
Copyright � 2000 Society for Music Theory
Conference Announcement and Call for Papers: Second Biennial International Conference on Twentieth-Century Music
Department of Music, Goldsmiths, University of London
Thursday 28 June - Sunday 1 July 2001
Keynote Speakers to include Professor Richard Middleton (University of Newcastle)
This conference will address the widest possible spectrum of musicological endeavours which pertain to the music of the last century, and to the one indisputably under way by the time the conference itself takes place.
Papers, and proposals for sessions containing no more than four separate papers, are invited on any twentieth-century musical subject; a wide range of approaches and methodologies, as well as repertoires, is encouraged. Subjects drawn from the wide field commonly called "popular musics" will be as welcome as well as those from the "cultivated" traditions. Methodologies drawing on the disciplines of sociology, anthropology and cultural theory will be embraced alongside those based on earlier models of musicological practice. Goldsmiths' eminence in the fields of fine art and various dimensions of cultural studies will also be exploited to augment the efforts of scholars working in more traditional musical contexts. Papers from practitioners (composers, performers, improvisers...) as well as scholars are warmly welcomed. Papers from postgraduate students will also be given serious consideration.
Areas currently under review as the subject of particular sessions include:
The Writing of Twentieth-Century Musical History
Composition in Contemporary Russia
The Musical Significance of John Cage
The Heritage of Musical Minimalism
The Impact of the Internet on Musical Practice and Listening Strategies.
Suggestions for other topics are warmly welcomed. (Electronic versions of this list will be updated and modified as new
proposals are submitted.)
Individual presentations should be no more than twenty minutes in duration.
Proposals for papers should be submitted in the form of a title followed by an abstract of no more than 300 words.
Proposals for sessions should be submitted in the form of an overall title followed by titles of individual papers, plus abstracts and indications of personnel wherever possible.
Both the above must be submitted in the form of an e-mail or an e-mail attachment.
Deadline for all proposals: Friday 8 December 2000
Details of fees, etc. and registration deadline will be announced in the autumn.
Department of Music
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross, London SE14 6NW
tel. 020 7919 7649 or 020 7919 7663.
(Please use electronic communication wherever possible.)
Chair: Keith Potter (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Christopher Mark (University of Surrey)
Roger Redgate (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Arnold Whittall (King's College, University of London)
New Online SMT and Regional Society Calendar
An announcement was made recently on the smt-list about a new addition to our array of electronic services: an online SMT and Regional Society Calendar, which will carry entries for national and international music theory events. Visitors to our Web site may have already seen it. There is a link to it in the sidebar menu of our home page, under the heading Online Resources. Its Web address is http://www.calendars.net/cals/smt_calendar.
Submissions for inclusion on the calendar should be sent by e-mail to Mary Arlin firstname.lastname@example.org, SMT Newsletter Editor. Events submitted for the Newsletter by sponsoring organizations will be included automatically in the online calendar.
In order to keep up to date with events, it is possible to subscribe to the calendar. Follow the link at the bottom of the calendar page to subscribe, sign up, and you will receive email updates for each added and modified event.
Mary I. Arlin
SMT Newsletter Editor
Online Resources Available: TMIWeb Italian Music Treatises
TmiWeb is the web edition of Thesaurus musicarum italicarum (TMI), an electronic corpus of Italian music treatises written before c. 1750. TmiWeb has been under construction since the beginning of this year, and is now ready for preview. You are invited to visit TmiWeb at http://www.euromusicology.org (yes, I have permission to use this domain name), and to give feedback by means of the online questionnaire or otherwise.
Treatises are SGML-encoded using TEI markup (with a few, legal, modifications). Currently, texts of some fifteen music treatises dating from 1520-1640 are available on TmiWeb; not all of them have been fully marked up, and part of the music examples must still be added. TmiWeb also contains Bernardino Baldi's Cronica de Matematici (written c. 1600, published 1707), a collection of short biographies of mathematicians from between 600 BC. and the end of the 16th century, among whom there are many musicians.
As compared to the CD-ROM edition of TMI, TmiWeb offers more basic functionality; there is no direct access to digital facsimiles. TmiWeb uses DynaWeb 4.2 to convert SGML documents to HTML pages and to provide search and linking functions. The entire corpus can be searched for words and markup; Italian language support allows "expanded" searching for word forms, synonyms, and related terms. TmiWeb is heavily hyperlinked: sources often refer to each other and to works in other languages or about other subjects, some of which are available elsewhere on the Internet. Personal names are marked up as <persname key="...unique id...">; these tags are implemented as hyperlinks to a file with bibliographical data.
While work on TmiWeb's search and linking functions is almost done, please note that the layout of the documents is still experimental and may display a number of oddities. The TmiWeb server will be disconnected for a couple of days during the second half of August, while the department moves to its new location.
I am looking forward to your virtual visit to TmiWeb, and am most grateful for any feedback.
Project manager TMI
New Journal Issue: Music Theory Society of New York State, Vol. 23-4.
The Music Theory Society of New York State is pleased to announce the impending publication of vol. 23-4, a double issue edited by Taylor A. Greer. In preparation for mailing the journal, we would like to have as many current addresses (as opposed to 1997 and 1998 ones) as possible.
I have updated many addresses, but perhaps not all, and maybe not yours! If you were (or think you were) a 1997 and/or 1998 member of MTSNYS, please go to
and check the mailing address I have on record for you. If the address is incorrect, please click on the mailto link at the top of the page to send me your correct address. If your name does not appear there, it means that I have no record of your membership for both years. Also, please note that joint memberships are listed under a single member's name; remember that joint members receive one copy of the journal.
If you see an incorrect address for a friend, would you please let that person know to contact me? Thanks.
Please email corrections to me by July 28.
Secretary, Music Theory Society of New York State
University of Rochester
College Music Department and Eastman School of Music
General Announcement: One-Time Special Sale Price on Back-Issues of Integral
The staff of Integral, the journal published by the graduate students of the Department of Music Theory, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, is offering a special price on back issues of our publication. Individual issues are available for $7 a piece; the whole set (vols. 1/1987 - 11/1998) is $60. Contents of each issue are available on our website. Interested individuals should email all requests to David Sommerville email@example.com or fill out an electronic order form at our site http://theory.esm.rochester.edu/integral.
All requests must be received by 10/1/00.
Subscriptions Manager, Integral
Eastman School of Music
Call for Proposals: International Samuel Barber Symposium
Virginia Commonwealth University announces a Call for Papers for presentation at an International Samuel Barber Symposium to be held in Richmond, Virginia, March 22-24, 2001. Proposals are now being accepted for papers and lecture demonstrations on topics related to the life, work and influence of Samuel Barber. The duration of presentations may be either 20 or 35 minutes. Send 3 copies of a 250 word abstract of the proposal accompanied by a short biographical sketch by October 1, 2000, via conventional mail or facsimile to:
Mr. John Patykula
International Samuel Barber Symposium
Department of Music
Virginia Commonwealth University
922 Park Avenue, Richmond VA 23284-2004, USA.
Questions about the Symposium may be directed to Mr. Patykula at:
Programming Language GPL Distribution Available: OpenMusic
OpenMusic (OM) is a fully visual programming language based on CommonLisp / CLOS. OM is icon oriented, uses extensively drag and drop and graphical editors, and has built-in visual control structures that interface with Lisp ones, such as loop. Existing Lisp/CLos code is easily reused. Above the OpenMusic kernel, live the OpenMusic Projects. A project is a specialized set of classes and methods directly written in Lisp, accessible and visualisable in the OM environment. Using the Basic Project, OM may be used as a general purpose functional/object/visual programming language. Using the Music Project it can be used as a convenient environment for music composition.
OpenMusic sources are available under the GNU Public License (GPL).
Right now, a working OM environment can be compiled only on the Macintosh using Digitool MCL compiler. Making the OpenMusic sources available through GPL should result soon in new versions compiled with Open Sources Common Lisp compilers, specially on unix/linux environments.
The OM distribution is available at :
http://www.ircam.fr in the software download section.
Conference Announcement: OXMAC 2000
You are warmly invited to attend OXMAC 2000, an international conference on music analysis which will take place at St Peter's College, Oxford from lunchtime on Friday 22 September to lunchtime on Sunday 24 September 2000. A keynote address will be given by Professor Nicolas Meeus (Universite de Paris-Sorbonne); for a full programme and booking details, please go to http://users.ox.ac.uk/~fmml0030/OXMAC2000.html
Call for Presentations: Eleventh Annual Pacific Northwest Graduate Music Students Conference
Saturday, October 7, 2000
University of Washington
This annual conference is hosted alternately by the University of Washington, the University of Victoria, and the University of British Columbia. Graduate students from across the U.S. and Canada are invited to submit proposals for presentations on any music-related topic (including musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology, performance practice, music education, etc.). Proposals for lecture recitals and works-in-progress are welcome. Presentations will be limited to 20-25 minutes, followed by a brief discussion period.
Submission deadline for proposals is August 25, 2000, with notification of acceptance no later than September 7, 2000. Both written and e-mail abstracts (of approximately 250 words) are acceptable. Proposals and/or requests for further information may be directed to Brandon Derfler, Co-ordinator, at either of the following addresses:
Eleventh Pacific Northwest Music Graduate Students Conference
c/o Brandon Derfler
School of Music
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98105-3450
New Website: PDC Special Sessions
I am pleased to announce the launching of a new website by the SMT Professional Development Committee. The site, created by committee member Ciro Scotto, contains texts of many of the talks given at PDC Special Sessions over the years, copies of handouts, and useful links to other professional development sites. Visit the site for suggestions about job searching, getting published, giving papers at conferences, getting tenure, etc. We have tried to provide information that will be helpful to music theorists at every stage of their careers.
We will get a link to the SMT homepage soon, but for now you may point your browser to: http://locutus.esm.rochester.edu/pdc/
Ideas or suggestions are welcome. You may address them to me or to Ciro Scotto at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Journal Issue: The Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, vol. 11
The Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy has resumed publication with the recent issuance of Vol. 11 (1997). Volume 12 (1998) will appear soon and Volume 13 (1999) will come out before the end of the calendar year. Subsequent volumes will appear annually.
Articles are solicited on any topic related to the pedagogy of music theory and aural skills. In addition, to presenting their work in traditional printed format, authors may prepare and post interactive multimedia documents to supplement their articles and/or depict salient points. The editorial staff of the journal will consult with authors who are interested in developing such documents.
The contents of all published volumes and information for prospective authors can be found on the JMTP web site http://music.ou.edu/jmtp/.
Please consider making a contribution to JMTP.
J. Kent Williams, Editor
Event Announcement: Summer School of Music AND Philosophy : Figura, numero e suono. Il costruzionismo musicale tra mondo delle idee e universo della
HOST: SONUS EDIZIONI
DATE: Sept. 2-7 2000
This year the summer school of music and philosophy deals the musical constructionism with the participation of famous scholars. The event occurs in the sea beauty of Maratea in the South-Italy
The conferences are in Italian.
At the same time it happens the Maratea Musica Festival with pieces of madrigale, Schubert, Maderna, Ives, etc.
Participation at the concerts is free.
Information and program are available on the web site http://www.sonusedizioni.it
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 07/31/2000
COST AND PAYMENT OPTIONS:
Summer School registration fee: lit. 50.000 (� 30 $) Postal current account number 10272854 registered in Sonus Edizioni Musicali - Via del Popolo, 131 - 85100 Potenza (Italy)
n. 20 scholarships (lit. 400.000) are available (information on the web site)
TRAVEL AND HOTEL INFORMATION:
Sonus Edizioni doesn't attend to travels and hotel reservations.
Ask information at:
APT Piazza del Ges�, 32 - 85040 Maratea (Potenza), Italy
Via del Popolo 131, 85100 Potenza, Italy
Tel. +39-971-37457 (in Italian)
New music theory website:
Hello, I would like to announce my new music theory website at http://www.musictheory.net/
It includes beginning lessons and two interactive trainers (one for naming notes on the staff and the other for improving the recognition of heard intervals).
Conference Announcement: Gustav Mahler and the Twentieth Century
GUSTAV MAHLER AND THE TWENTIETH CENTURY: 24 MARCH 2001
The Music Department in the School of Performing Arts, University of Surrey, will host a one-day conference 'Gustav Mahler and the Twentieth-Century'. A group of invited specialists will present papers on aspects of the interpretation, influence, and cultural context of Mahler's music. Programme and booking details will be available in due course from:
Dr. Stephen Downes
University of Surrey
School of Performing Arts
Guildford, GU2 7XH, UK
tel.+44 (0)1483 876533
fax +44 (0)1483 876501;
Conference Announcement: Developing the Musical Ear: A Conference on the Teaching of Ear Training at the College Level
DEVELOPING THE MUSICAL EAR: A CONFERENCE ON THE TEACHING OF EAR TRAINING AT THE COLLEGE LEVEL
Mannes College of Music
150 West 85th Street
New York, New York 10024
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2000
Ear Training is the foundation for all musical development. It encompasses a broad range of instruction from the most elementary to the furthest possibilities of development and improvement of the ear.
The teaching of Ear Training is often mistakenly relegated to a subordinate position in music curricula. The conference will address this concern and will explore a wide range of teaching methods and philosophies in this vital field. We anticipate a lively exchange of ideas and techniques. The conference program is given below, followed by a registration form (to print out and mail).
8:30 - 9:00 REGISTRATION
Coffee or Tea
Joel Lester, Dean, Mannes College of Music
9:05 - 10:15 RHYTHM AND HYPERMETER
Carl Schachter, Mannes, moderator
9:05 - 9:40
Numeric Rhythmical Articulation: A Longy Legacy
Christopher Stone, Mannes College of Music
9:40 - 10:15
It's About Time: Hypermeter in Aural Skills Training
Gary S. Karpinski, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
10:15 - 10:25 BREAK
10:25 - 12:10 PITCH AND SOLMIZATION
Elizabeth Aaron, Mannes, moderator
10:25 - 11:00
What's the Use? Practical Applications of Fixed-do
Robert Fertitta, SUNY-Purchase
11:00 - 11:35
The Thinking Ear
Drora Pershing, Queens College, CUNY
11:35 - 12:10
Absolute and Relative Pitch: The Best of Both Worlds?
Donna Doyle, Graduate Center, CUNY
12:10 - 1:40 LUNCH BREAK
1:45 - 2:55 ADVANCED APPLICATIONS
David Gagne, Queens College, moderator
1:45 - 2:20
Memory, Improvisation and Species Counterpoint:
Their Role in Advanced Ear Training
Ford Lallerstedt, Curtis Institute of Music
2:20 - 2:55
Similarities and Continuities:
Stravinsky, Schoenberg and the Goals of Ear Training
Michael L. Friedmann, Yale University
3:00 - 4:30 ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSION
Robert Cuckson, Mannes, moderator
Members of the Mannes Techniques of Music Department;
Mary Anthony Cox, The Juilliard School; and others
WINE AND CHEESE RECEPTION TO FOLLOW
Developing the Musical Ear
Saturday, September 9, 2000
____I shall attend the conference ($15) ____students ($5)
Enclosed is my check/money order for a total of $_________
payable to Mannes College of Music.
Please print out this form and send it along with
your payment to:
Elizabeth Aaron, Conference Chair
Mannes College of Music
150 West 85th Street
New York, New York 10024
Telephone: 212-580-0210, ext. 278
PLEASE REPLY BY AUGUST 11, 2000
Further conference information is available at
Additional inquiries may be posted via e-mail at
Symposium Announcement: Ircam
Ircam is organizing a symposium on Space, gathering talks and demos from Acousticians, Composers and Architects. They will present an historical overview of their respective field, and will underline the challenges introduced by the latest technologies. It will be held on the 9/10th of June, during Ircam's musical festival AGORA. More info at: http://www.ircam.fr/actualites/agora/
Entrance is free, and most talks will be given in French.
Head of Room Acoustics Team - Ircam
Conference Announcement: The Society for Seventeenth-Century Music
The Society for Seventeenth-Century Music will hold its ninth annual Conference 19-22 April 2001 at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Proposals on all aspects of seventeenth-century music and music culture are welcome, including papers dealing with other fields as they relate to music. In view of the location and the possibility of visits to the reconstructed Anabaptist cloisters in nearby Ephrata, the program committee also encourages proposals on Colonial American and Germanic topics. A prize will be awarded for the best paper presented by a student. Presentations may take a variety of formats, including papers, lecture-recitals, workshops involving group participation, and roundtable discussions. Papers will be limited to 20 minutes and lecture-recitals to 45 minutes. It is the policy of the Society to require a year's hiatus before presenters at the previous meeting may be considered for another presentation. Five copies (four anonymous and one identified with name, address, telephone, fax, and e-mail address) of an abstract of not more than 350 words, postmarked by 1 October 2000, should be sent to:
School of Music
Voxman Music Building
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1795.
Abstracts from outside the United States and Canada may be sent by fax (one copy only) 319/335-2637. Tapes (audio or visual) supporting proposals for lecture-recitals are welcome.
New Journal: Moussikos Loghos
Announcing a New Refereed Research Journal: Moussikos Loghos (ISSN: 1108-6963)
Moussikos Loghos is an initiative of the Music Department of the Ionian University (Corfu) and is dedicated to the publication of musicological articles by Greek musicologists as well as of articles on Ancient Greek, Byzantine and Modern Greek art music and music in the Balkan and the Mediterranean countries. Included are also congress reports, reviews and information on new publications.
Submission of Manuscripts
Both greek-speaking authors and authors writing on Greek music are invited to submit articles, reports, reviews and research notes. Authors submitting manuscripts for review must send three copies, each copy containing all figures, tables and music examples and an abstract of not more than 200 words to the Editor, Panos Vlagopoulos, Asklepiou 6, Athens 106 80 - Greece. To facilitate a blind review, neither the author's name or other identifying information should appear on the abstract or the manuscript. Manuscripts will not be returned to the author.
Manuscripts are accepted for review with the understanding that the same work has not been and will not be published nor is presently submitted elsewhere. All copyright to a manuscript accepted for publication, including the right to reproduce the article in all forms and media, shall be assigned exclusively to the journal, Moussikos Loghos. Reasonable requests will be accepted from authors for permission to reproduce their contributions to the journal. Authors are responsible for obtaining their own copyright clearance on illustrations, figures, lengthy quotes, or other media in their submissions.
Moussikos Loghos is published biannually (first issue: Spring 2000). International subscription rates are $30. Address all inquires concerning back issues and subscription requests to:
Asklepiou 6, Athens 10680
tel: +301 3639962, fax: +301 3623093
Editor: Panos Vlagopoulos (Music Library Lilian Voudouri)
Editorial Board: Irmgard Lerch-Kalavrytinou (President: Ionian University), Christoph Stroux (Music Library Lilian Voudouri), Charis Xanthoudhakis (Ionian University), Panos Vlagopoulos (Music Library Lilian Voudouri).
Editorial Review Board: Michael Christoforides (University of Melbourne), Demetrios Giannou (University of Thessaloniki), Apostolos Kostios (University of Athens), Egert Poehlmann (University of Erlangen), Diane Touliatos (University of Missouri - St. Louis), Gerasimos Solomos (University of Montpellier), Gerda Wolfram (University of Vienna).
Content Listing of Moussikos Loghos, no. 1 (Spring 2000):
Linos Benakis, The Theory of Music (Harmonika) in Byzantium
Katherina Michopoulou, Louis Couperin's Unmeasured Preludes: Notation and Aspects of Interpretation
Christina Papaeliou, The Origins of Musical Activity in Mother-Infant Communication
Anastasia Siopsi, 'Hellenism' in Manolis Kalomiris's Music: Myth and Germanic Tradition in his Opera 'The Mother's Ring'
Charis Xanthoudhakis, A French Sixth in the Italian Seventeenth Century
Nikos Papademetriou, Music Analysis: Different Approaches - Different Practices
Hommages to Composers Michalis Adamis and Giannis A. Papaioannou
IMS 2002 Call for proposals
The International Musicological Society will hold its 17th international Congress at the Maria Theresia College of the Catholic University in Leuven, Belgium, from 1 to 7 August 2002. The Congress will offer symposia on eight broad themes, as explained in detail on the IMS website http://www.ims-online.ch and on flyers available on request from the Secretary General of the IMS (fax: (41)-1-923-1027; e-mail: email@example.com ):
1. Hearing - Performing - Writing
2. The Dynamics of Change in Music
3. Who Owns Music?
4. Musica Belgica
5. Musical Migrations
6. Form and Invention
7. Instruments of Music: From Archeology to New Technologies
Each symposium will include multiple sessions, papers and poster presentations on subtopics that will be determined by the proposals received. The program committee hereby calls for proposals addressing the themes of the symposia, although topics outside of the eight themes will also be considered. Proposals (in Spanish, Italian, German, French or English) should be submitted by 3 April 2001, following the guidelines below. The committee particularly invites contributions from younger scholars and from scholars outside of western Europe and North America. Participants need not be members of the IMS, but all are expected to register for the conference.
All proposals must include the title of the proposal, the symposium theme to which it belongs, and the name and address of the session organizer or author, indicating whether the proposal is an "IMS Session", "IMS Paper" or "IMS Poster presentation." Proposals may be submitted via electronic mail (as a letter, not an attachment), by regular mail or by fax (in a readable typeface on single sides of paper in A4 or 8.5 x 11-inch format with at least 3 cm. margins). Only one submission per author will be considered, and all proposals will be treated confidentially.
Proposals for SESSIONS must describe the desired length and format of the session and its importance in fewer than 400 words, provide the name and address of the organizer and a list of committed participants, and include a separate abstract (following the guidelines for individual papers) for each of their contributions. Preference will be given to sessions with an interdisciplinary and international panel of speakers.
Proposals for individual PAPERS must take the form of an abstract that describes the research findings and their significance as fully as possible. Individual papers are limited to 20 minutes and will be followed by time for questions and discussion. Abstracts must not exceed 250 words.
POSTER presentations should be designed to be displayed for at least three hours on three consecutive days, with the project coordinator or a member of the research team in attendance. Authors are responsible for ensuring that the necessary equipment is available. Proposals must include a description of the research project for display, not to exceed 250 words, and provide, separately, a detailed, complete list of the materials for display and of the equipment and facilities needed. The program committee guarantees venues in the main building of the conference, in proximity to session spaces.
All proposals must be submitted by 3 April 2001 to the chair of the program committee:
Prof. Barbara Haggh: IMS 2002
School of Music, University of Maryland
C. Smith Performing Arts Center, 3110-C
College Park, Maryland 20742, USA
department fax: 301-314-9504
IMS 2002 Description of the Symposia
In view of the increasing range and variety of scholarship on music, the 17th Congress of the International Musicological Society, to be held 1-7 August 2002, in Leuven, Belgium, will present eight symposia on broad themes introduced below. The symposia will replace the single theme and related round-tables that have characterized recent congresses. The program committee has sent out a call for proposals for complete sessions, individual papers, and poster presentations related to the eight themes, from which the symposia will be composed. (For this call, see http://www.ims-online.ch.) The number of sessions to be held within each symposium is not fixed, nor must the content of a session, paper, or poster presentation reflect the themes only as represented here, which are intended as points of departure.
Symposium 1 : Hearing - Performing - Writing
How we create music in our minds (as we hear), in the minds of others (as we perform), or in written or non-written representations of music (notation, chieronomy) are processes addressed by systematic and historical musicology, along with many other disciplines outside musicology that examine communication and cognition. This symposium encourages research into listening as well as hearing, interpretation and performance, and the reading and invention of music writing, as these activities involve repertories, listeners, and executants from a wide range of times and places.
Symposium 2 : The Dynamics of Change in Music
Change and continuity are constants in human culture. Discussions and explanations of change may evoke the chronological (style periods, stages in composers' or performers' careers), geographical (influence, acculturation, alienation), philological (syncretism, contamination), teleological (notions of progress or of cause and effect), biological (growth or decay), or hierarchical (the coexistence of different rates of change and strata of change at one time). In recognition of the complexity of our evolving musical world, this symposium solicits contributions addressing the epistemology of change.
Symposium 3 : Who Owns Music?
The lives and careers of musicians suppose a reification of musical phenomena as is attested by concepts of authorship, patronage, copyright, and other, still broader aspects of the place of music in the human economy. Here we examine how and for what purpose people and institutions commission, acquire, inherit and discard music, and maintain, control, legislate, or exchange it.
Symposium 4 : Musica Belgica
A meeting place of European cultures, the area that is now Belgium has always been a site of musical exchange and creativity. If it seems impossible to define a Belgian musical identity, it is no less true that traditions, privileged moments, and periods of uncertainty have existed. The histories of medieval music theory and of Renaissance polyphony in the region are best known, but the many manuscript and local archival studies now require complementary research situating their histories in a European context and in the broader history of culture. The examination of issues in modern history, such as the history of opera, the historiography of music in the 19th century, and contemporary composition and performance can benefit from a dialogue between musicologists and historians of diverse disciplines and methodological interests.
Symposium 5 : Musical Migrations
Music is movement, musicians are rarely sedentary, and musical objects (scores, instruments, repertories) often move with them. These migratory movements cause superficial and radical transformations: the symbolic dimension of the musical event is more fully revealed, while the materiality of musical entities and objects is correspondingly reinforced. Complex values may inform judgments such as "fruitful synthesis," "stylistic corruption," or even "cultural annihilation".
Symposium 6 : Form and Invention
"Form and invention" is a binary concept that represents many varieties of opposition and reciprocity. Although it derives from western classical rhetoric, it may profitably illuminate a wide range of music and in turn be enriched by its application. For Renaissance and Baroque music, it signified the choice and elaboration (inventio) of common figures (topoi) and their arrangement (dispositio) in persuasive oratory. Later writers reduced the processes of invention to the working out of a formal idea, while to composers and the public, "invention" came to suggest original creation, 'ex nihilo,' as it were. Such competing meanings of the terms still inform the neo-classical repertory of the last century. The symposium invites investigation of the presence of "form and invention" across a multiplicity of repertories and traditions and among a wealth of more recent paradigms for composition, listening, analysis, and improvisation.
Symposium 7 : Instruments of Music: From Archeology to New Technologies
Musical instruments range from clapping hands to computers running on interactive software, from imaginative fancies to mass-produced souvenirs or pint-sized violins. This symposium seeks new contributions to organology, particularly encouraging explorations of phenomena that cross cultural and stylistic boundaries, such as the need for instruments that extend the abilities of the human musical body, or the accordance of spiritual or secular meanings to instruments of music and the sounds they produce. This forum might also investigate how instruments are valued and interpreted in different cultures, places, times or functions, and why some instruments fail, but others are adopted and succeed.
Symposium 8: Sources
The study of sources, whether written, oral, or virtual, ensures the link between our generations and the past and its
achievements. We continue to develop the presentation of sources in scores, recordings, and edited documents that
range in format from print to digitized multimedia. Technology now pretends and aspires to make everything from the
past instantly available on screen and through loudspeakers, yet substitutes for primary
sources inevitably distort them in some way.
This prompts us to examine how all of the tools and media involved in the collection, transmission, and retrieval of musical knowledge (catalogues raisonnes, critical editions, composers' homepages on the World Wide Web, and others) influence our relationship to our sources and to the ways in which we use them.
Call for Papers: Society of Composers Region V Conference
Society of Composers, Inc.
REGION V CONFERENCE
Ball State University
Ernesto Pellegrini, Host
Feb. 8-10, 2001
Deadline: Sep. 1, 2000 (postmark)
Papers may be submitted on any aspect of music since 1945, compositional technique, or the teaching of composition. Presentations will be limited to 20-25 minutes. Submissions for papers must include: 1) anonymous proposal of 2-4 double-spaced pages of text (excluding references and musical examples); 2) abstract of no more than 200 words; 3) cover letter listing the title of the paper and the author's name, address, telephone, e-mail and institutional (if any) as well as SCI affiliations; 4) list of any equipment needed; 5) SASE. Send paper proposals to:
SCI Region V Conference,
c/o Eleanor F. Trawick,
School of Music,
Ball State University,
Muncie, IN 47306-0410,
Composers are invited to submit up to two works for any of the following forces (including sub-groups): 1) standard ww quintet; 2) standard brass quintet; 3) any combination of the above with the following additional players: alto sax, pf, gtr, harp, vn, va, vc, db, and perc; 4) typical wind ensemble; 5) French horn; 6) Sax quartet; 7) Piano, oboe and bassoon in any combination. Composers able to provide their own performers are encouraged to submit as well. Electroacoustic works in combination with instruments will also be considered. Send scores, CDs or cassettes if available, brief bio including SCI regional affiliation, SASE, a stamped self-addressed postcard for acknowledgment of receipt of materials, contact information (address, phone, e-mail, fax), brief program note for each piece, duration of pieces, indication of whether you will provide your own performers. Send all score submissions to:
SCI Region V Conference,
c/o Ernesto Pellegrini,
Ball State University,
Muncie, IN 47306-0410,
tel. (765) 285-5405,
All selected participants are expected to attend the conference and be SCI members in good standing.
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