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CFP Musical Topics and Performance: A Symposium

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      Tim Daly


      (With apologies for cross-posting)

      Date: 1-2 June 2023  Melbourne Conservatorium of Music |Faculty of Fine Arts and Music The University of Melbourne

      Over the past four decades, the theory of musical topics has evolved into a powerful tool for studying the construction of meaning and expression in music. Even though Ratner himself dedicated an essay outlining the application of topical analysis to the performance of Mozart’s piano sonatas (Ratner 1991), the relationship between musical topics and performance has only recently begun to receive attention from both scholars and performers.This Symposium seeks to contribute to this developing field by examining further the practical implications of topical awareness for performance practice. We welcome papers on specific case studies addressing the conference theme. The following are offered as suggestions:

      • the use of topical analysis as a tool for artistic interpretation and performance decisions;
      • musical topics and HIP (historical performance practice);
      • the affordances of topical analysis in the performance practice of twentieth- and twenty first-centuries art music;
      • topics and eloquent performance;
      • musical topics and culturally sensitive performance;
      • musical topics and the performance of jazz, rock, and other popular genres


      We encourage submissions from scholars and performers working in all musical genres and time periods. Papers may be theoretical, analytical, or performance based. Topic-related performances with a brief verbal introduction are also invited. Presentations will be allocated 20 minutes followed by a 10-minutes discussion.The keynote will be delivered by Dr Julian Hellaby, editor of the recently published Musical Topics and Musical Performance (Routledge, 2023), which will be launched at the symposium. The event will take place on June 1-2, at the Conservatorium’s new building, the Ian Potter Southbank Centre, located in one of Melbourne’s most culturally vibrant areas.

      Submission Guidelines: 

      Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and include a title, author name(s), institutional affiliation, and email address. Please send your submission by March 31st, 2023, to symposium.mtpp[at]gmail.com. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by April 15th, 2023. For any questions about the symposium, please contact Dr David Tieri via david.tieri[at]unimelb.edu.au.We look forward to your contributions.

      On behalf of:

      Prof Melanie Plesch, PhD

      Symposium Convenor

      Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

      The University of Melbourne

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