Monday, 10 November 2008

CFP: Bach's Passions (SMA Study Day, Glasgow)

24 - 25 APRIL 2009

Keynote speakers: John Butt and Laurence Dreyfus

The Spring Study Day of the Society for Music Analysis will be hosted at the University of Glasgow on the subject of Bach's Passions. The conference is organised by John Butt, Gardiner Professor of Music at Glasgow, whose book, Bach's Dialogue with Modernity: Perspectives on the Passions will be published in 2009. He is also musical director of Scotland's Dunedin Consort, whose recording of the Matthew Passion was released in 2008; members of the consort will be heard during the conference. As well as offering a chance to exercise their post-Enlightenment analytical tools on some earlier repertoire, it is hoped that the occasion will give participants the opportunity to experience something of the richness of the city of Glasgow, perhaps combined with a trip further afield. A visit to a distillery is already rumoured. Proposals are invited for papers on a broad range of analytical topics, including (but not limited to):

* musical form and structure, including the analysis of individual numbers
* studies of compositional process (including different versions of the Passions)
* hermeneutic and philosophical approaches
* Bach and historical listening practice
* analytical reception studies
* the Passions and the musical work concept
* invention and performativity

Proposals (up to 200 words) for papers of c. 20 minutes duration should be sent by 1 February 2009 to John Butt ( All those submitting proposals will be notified by 1 March.

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