CFP (study day): Arrangements, performance and the work concept 1700-1900


Arrangements, performance and the work concept 1700-1900

15th June 2015, Senate House Library, London

Musical arrangements have rarely been studied, although they problematize the ontological identity of the musical work as well as the notion of authorship, contributing to the debates that currently emerge when performance is conceptualized as a source of meaning. This study day aims to discuss the concept of arrangement and how it relates to the work-concept, music reception and performance. Contributions are invited, which could explore the following areas:

The rise of piano-vocal scores of opera arias and choral works
Keyboard arrangements in 18th-century Europe, including arrangements of orchestral genres
Arrangements made by 19th-century piano virtuosos e.g. Liszt, Busoni
Arrangements as a genre of publishing
Arrangements and notions of musical ontology
Arrangement as an act of performance

Keynote speaker: Professor John Butt (University of Glasgow)
The provisional timing for the day is 10.30 to 17.00

Please submit your abstracts (250 words) to: by 28th February 2015


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