Monday, 9 March 2009

CFP: Chopin 1810-2010: Ideas, Interpretations and Influence (Warsaw)

25 FEBRUARY - 1 MARCH 2010

Under the patronage of the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Mr Bogdan Zdrojewski, from 25 February to 1 March 2010 the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw will be hosting the Third International Congress CHOPIN 1810–2010, IDEAS, INTERPRETATIONS AND INFLUENCE, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Fryderyk Chopin.

Paper proposals in the form of abstracts of approx. 500 words in length can be submitted and papers may be read in English, French or German.

Nearly 200 years have elapsed since the birth of Fryderyk Chopin in 1810. In honour of this event and to recognize the importance that Chopin and his music have had throughout the past two centuries, the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw will promote a major celebration entitled ‘Chopin 2010', featuring performances of his music, competitions and festivals, as well as the Third International Congress devoted to the composer and his oeuvre.

The first Congress took place in Warsaw in 1960 under the aegis of the Institute of Musicology at the University of Warsaw, while the Second Congress, organized in 1999 by the ‘Polish Chopin Academy', was devoted to ‘Chopin and his Work in the Context of Culture'.

The Third International Congress will encompass a broad thematic spectrum, focusing
in particular on the ideas that inspired Chopin's oeuvre, interpretative responses to it, and the influences that it has had on the music of other composers as well as on other forms of artistic endeavour and human activity.

The following areas are particularly relevant:

1. Chopin's personality, heritage and milieu

  • biography
  • historical contexts surrounding Chopin's creative output
  • contemporary aesthetics and their influence on Chopin

2. Interpretations of Chopin's music

  • sources (including but not limited to performances)
  • methodologies
  • historical and current performance traditions and styles analyses (broadly defined)

3. The influence of Chopin and his music

  • on the music of other composers
  • on literature and art­
  • in terms of historical and sociological repercussions.

In addition to the formal conference program, concerts will be held and the new Fryderyk Chopin Museum will be opened in the Ostrogski Castle.

Proposals are invited for 30-minute papers and 15-minute research reports in the above categories. There is also limited scope for free papers of the same durations. Proposals may also be submitted for ‘special sessions', i.e. round tables, panel discussions or workshops up to 90 minutes in length. Finally, abstracts are invited for posters, to be featured in poster sessions held throughout the conference. The Fryderyk Chopin Institute will provide those presenting full papers, research reports, or ‘special sessions' with hotel accommodation. Where relevant, a stipend will be paid to speakers for the right to print their papers in the conference proceedings.

Applications and queries should be sent by email to by no later than 31 March 2009. Late submissions will not be accepted.

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