Archive for August, 2014

Last chance to register for EuroMAC

Dear colleagues,

The Eight EuroMAC conference starts in less than 20 days. The full program is now available on our website (see ). Please consult these pages to convince yourself to join the conference, and to outline your own personal schedule.

Looking forward to welcome you in Leuven,

Pieter Bergé

Posted on 30th August 2014 by Shay Loya in Music Analysis, SMA, Sister Organizations No comments » Tags:

CFP: The European Salon: Nineteenth-century Salonmusik

International Bilingual Conference
2-4 October 2015, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Submission deadline: 6 February 2015
Keynote speakers: Professor Susan Youens, Professor Glenn Stanley, and Professor Harald Krebs

As socio-cultural institutions, salons had a great political, artistic and scientific impact on nineteenth-century history. The typical salon sociability provided a unique opportunity for artists of varied social and cultural backgrounds to share their knowledge and skills on a semi-public platform. In fact the attempt at overcoming social, religious and educational limitations in the salon was a singular phenomenon of the time. While the purposes of nineteenth-century salons were diverse, all of them had in common the ubiquity of music. This interdisciplinary conference seeks to re-evaluate the significance of both the broad and diverse category of music performed in and/or composed for the salon and the extra-musical functions of the salon within the context of the nineteenth-century socio-cultural discourse.
We invite abstracts for individual 20-minute papers by both academic scholars and performers in either English or German; for themed panel sessions (comprising three individual papers); and for roundtable sessions (up to six people, each presenting a position paper, followed by a discussion). Considering the practical nature of the overall topic, we especially welcome proposals for lecture recitals and other performative forms of presentation.

Proposed research areas include but are not limited to:
- The nineteenth-century European salon as a social forum and its artistic output as a social document;
- The salon as a special performative opportunity for women;
- A re-classification of composers specialising in Salonmusik and composers of European art music performing in European salons;
- The role of music during the Biedermeier period;
- Case studies of specific nineteenth-century European salons and/or their attendees;
- The relationship between salonieres, attendees, performers, publishers and/or reviewers, i.e. the relationship between the private, the semi-public and the public domains;
- Publishers of Salonmusik and their contribution to the popularity of the genre;
- Virtuosity and quasi-virtuosic Salonmusik versus dilettantism;
- A re-evaluation of art-forms typically performed in salons, and their impact on the musical repertoire of the nineteenth century and beyond;
- Analyses of typical Salonmusik and works performed in salons such as fantasias, impromptus, etudes, transcriptions, variations, polonaises, ballades, waltzes, boleros, mazurkas and others.

Abstracts of c300 words, along with a short biography of no more than 150 words and an outline of the technology needed for the presentation, should be sent in a word-compatible format by Friday, 6 February 2015 to Successful applicants will be notified by mid-March 2015.

The organising committee includes Brigitte Bark (NUIM), Anja Bunzel (NUIM), Dr Lorraine Byrne Bodley (NUIM), Dr Patrick Devine (NUIM), Dr Alison Hood (NUIM), Dr Aisling Kenny (DkIT), Barbora Kubečková (NUIM), and Dr Wolfgang Marx (UCD).

For further details see

Posted on 22nd August 2014 by Shay Loya in CFPs, Uncategorized No comments »

Kirstie Hewlett’s ‘Learning to Listen’

Kirstie Hewlett

Kirstie Hewlett

In collaboration with her colleagues at the Schenker Documents Online (SDO) project, Kirstie Hewlett, a former student representative of the SMA (2011-2013) has written and co-produced (with Eleanor Kiff) a documentary entitled ‘Learning to Listen’. It is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 14/08/2014 at 11:30am, available internationally on iPlayer for 7 days after the broadcast (expires 21/08/2014). For the catch-up recording click here.

Hosted by Dominic Sandbrook, the programme will chart how the first generation of radio users pioneered new ways of listening by delving into Heinrich Schenker’s fascinating record of what he listened to on the radio, which formed a staple part of his diaries across the last decade of his life. The programme features contributions from Ian Bent (University of Cambridge), William Drabkin (University of Southampton), Hedi Siegel (Mannes College of Music, New York) and Kirstie herself (University of Southampton), as well as from Wolf Harranth from the Dokufunk archive in Vienna. It has received generous archive assistance from the ORF, Dokufunk, the Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv and the Österreichische Mediathek.

The broadcast of this programme perfectly coincides with two significant events in the output of SDO: first, the publication of ‘Heinrich Schenker: Selected Correspondence’, which will be available later this year; and second, the transition from the AHRC-funded phase of the project, which has enjoyed three fruitful years under the leadership of William Drabkin at the University of Southampton, to a new phase led by Martin Eybl in Vienna funded by the Fonds zur Wissenschaftlichen Förderung. The coming years will see the transcription and translation of Schenker’s diaries from the last four years of his life (1931–35) and the two years immediately prior to World War I (1912–14). Further information about Schenker Documents Online can be found at:

A more detailed programme description is copied in below.

Learning to Listen

BBC Radio 4, Thursday 14th August, 11:30am | iPlayer:

As broadcasting took the world by storm in the 1920s, the radio quickly became the hub of many households. Entire families would huddle around their receiver, each person individually connected with their own headset. But for this first generation of radio users, the flexible styles of listening that we subconsciously employ today were far from innate – many sat silent and fully attentive, listening just as they would in a concert hall.

Historian Dominic Sandbrook will chart how a new, more informal style of listening gradually evolved in the 1920s and 30s by delving into the diaries of the Austrian music theorist Heinrich Schenker, who began to record what he heard on the radio within days of the inaugural broadcast of Radio Wien – Austria’s first radio station. This fascinating record, which spans just over a decade, offers rare evidence of how new approaches to listening emerged over these formative years. We’ll follow Schenker’s journey as the radio shifts from being something that demanded his rapt attention, to eventually becoming a more integrated part of his domestic setting.

Written by Kirstie Hewlett
Produced by Eleanor Kiff
A TBI production for BBC Radio 4

Posted on 13th August 2014 by Shay Loya in Music Analysis, SMA, Sister Organizations No comments » Tags: