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CFP: “Roger Smalley and György Ligeti: Virtuosity, Place and Process”

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      Adam Pinto
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      Roger Smalley and György Ligeti: Virtuosity, Place and Process 

      Conservatorium of Music, University of Western Australia, August 25–27, 2023 

      Keynote speakers

      Professor Amy Bauer (UC Irvine)

      Dr Christopher Mark (University of Surrey)

      Call for Papers

      Deadline for submissions: Friday March 3, 2023

      The recontextualization of pre-existing material and a preoccupation with process rather than style are central features in the virtuosic compositions of pianist-composer Roger Smalley AM. Born in England and becoming a leading figure in British contemporary music, Smalley emigrated to Perth, Western Australia in 1976. He made a significant impact on the musical landscape of Australia including an academic career of over three decades at the University of Western Australia. The move saw Smalley draw inspiration from the Australian landscape; engage with the music of South East Asia; and later, work with extant material taken from the music of Chopin. These factors served as catalysts for the reengagement with tonality, which became increasingly evident in his music and invites comparison with the music of György Ligeti, with both composers even producing sets of piano études at the end of the twentieth century. With 2023 the 80th anniversary of Smalley and the 100th anniversary of Ligeti, the University of Western Australia will host a symposium exploring themes of instrumental virtuosity; the reconstruction of tonality within compositional process; and identity and place. In conjunction with the symposium, there will be a series of concerts celebrating Smalley and Ligeti, including performances of Smalley’s Second Piano Concerto and Ligeti’s Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano.

      We invite submissions for papers, lecture-recitals, panels, and themed sessions. Topics may relate to:

      • Interactions between modernism and virtuosity;
      • Allusion, quotation and recontextualization of material in compositional process;
      • New analytical approaches with relevance to the works of György Ligeti and Roger Smalley;
      • Australian Modernism in the 1970’s;
      • The émigré composer and cultural identity at the end of the twentieth century.

      Presentations on other related topics will also be considered.  

      Presentation Formats

      Formal Conference Papers: 20 minutes + 10 minutes for questions and discussion

      Lecture Recitals/Demonstrations: 20 minutes + 10 minutes for questions and discussion

      Panels (up to 4 participants): 90 minutes

      Themed Sessions (up to 4 participants): 120 minutes

      Submission Guidelines

      Proposals for individual presentations should include the following:

      • paper title,
      • abstract of no more than 250 words,
      • name of the presenter,
      • a short biography of less than 100 words,
      • four keywords,
      • institutional affiliation if applicable.
      • Panels & themed sessions: please provide the information listed above for each presenter PLUS title and abstract/s for panel/session as a whole. Panel proposals should include a plan for how the 90 minutes will be used.

       

      Please send your proposal to adam.pinto@uwa.edu.au by Friday March 3, 2023, 5 P.M.

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