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Be not afeard: language, music and cultural memory in the operas of Thomas Adès

Thomas Adès has drawn attention to the ‘mysterious thing that happens when you set actions to music: a third shape that emerges when something non-visual like a musical score is acted out by people moving on a stage’. This conference will explore Adès’s three operatic shapes of music, text, and performative realisation through the lenses of language and cultural memory.

The event will take place over two days. The first day will focus on analytical approaches to Adès’s operas, and will conclude with a round table on The Exterminating Angel prior to the UK premiere of the opera at the Royal Opera House that evening. The second day will focus on interdisciplinary approaches to Adès’s operas and their broader contexts.

Call for Papers

The conference organisers welcome paper proposals (20 minutes maximum, with 10 minutes for questions) for this event. The themes of the conference will include:

-       the translingual negotiation between music, verbal, filmic and theatrical languages

-       translations and reworkings of source materials for the operas

-       place, space and cultural memory (including on stage, screen or in performance)

-       time and temporality (music, text, staging)

Send proposals (including title, academic affiliation, 300-word abstract and technical requirements) to Edward Venn ( by 4pm (GMT) on Monday 16th January 2017.

Confirmed Speakers: Thomas Adès; Peter William Evans (Queen Mary University of London); and John Roeder (University of British Columbia, Vancouver)

Programme Committee: Paul Archbold (Kingston University), Catherine Davies (Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study), Christopher Dromey (Middlesex Univeristy), Philip Stoecker (Hofstra University), Edward Venn (University of Leeds)

Sponsors: AHRC Open World Research Initiative, Institute for Modern Languages Research, Music and Letters Trust, Society for Music Analysis

Posted on 21st November 2016 by Shay Loya in CFPs, Music Analysis, SMA, Sister Organizations No comments »

CFP: TAGS 2017

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School of Music, Bangor University,

College Road, Bangor LL57 2DG
Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th February, 2017

Deadline for proposals: 16th December 2016
Keynote Speaker: Professor John Rink (University of Cambridge)

The SMA’s annual Theory and Analysis Graduate Students (TAGS) Conference will be hosted by Bangor University, in the newly refurbished building of the School of Music on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th of February, 2017. The conference interlinks with the Bangor Music Festival. The event provides a supportive and friendly environment in which postgraduates can gain experience in presenting their work and meet fellow researchers. Participants who do not wish to give a paper are also very welcome.

Our keynote speaker, Dr John Rink, is Professor of Musical Performance Studies in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge. In our TAGS 2017 conference, the SMA particularly invite papers from postgraduate students exploring the intersections between analysis and musical performance and/or performance analysis, but proposals are invited for 20-minute papers, themed sessions and lecture recitals addressing any analytical, critical or theoretical subject and in relation to any style of music. This includes:

•         Analysing non-Western Musics;

•         Performance as Analysis / Analysis as Performance;

•         Analysis, Philosophy, and Critical Theory;

•         Intersections between History, Theory, and Analysis;

•         Analysing Popular Music and Improvisation;

•         Music Perception and Cognition;

•         Empirical Approaches to Music

•         Analysing a-/microtonal Music;

•         Themed sessions focusing on the analysis of a particular work(s), or on specific arrangements or transcriptions are also welcomed.

For 20-minute paper proposals, abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent by email to Matthias Wurz at Please include name, affiliation, postal address, email address, and AV requirements on a separate cover sheet (Ms Word or PDF). Organisers of themed sessions should submit a brief overview together with the individual abstracts. Proposals for lecture recitals / composition performances should include full details of the proposed performance and any relevant requirements in their cover sheet.

The closing date for receipt of proposals is 16th December 2016. All those submitting proposals will be notified of the outcome by the beginning of January 2017. Delegates will be invited to register from lunchtime on Saturday 18th February, and the conference will run until Sunday afternoon, 19th February, 2017.

For information about travel to the School of Music at Bangor University:

If you are presenting a paper you will be eligible to apply for an SMA Student Travel Bursary to help cover the costs of travel and accommodation (B&B accommodation will be available). Further details can be found here; please note that the deadline for applications for bursaries is 17th February 2017.

Posted on 4th November 2016 by Shay Loya in CFPs, Music Analysis, SMA, Uncategorized No comments »