The international conference “Performing Classics Today: The Role of the Performer in the Actualization of Music” will be held at Accademia Musicale Chigiana (Siena, Italy), from December 4-6, 2024. The official languages of the conference are English and Italian. A selection of the presented papers will be published in Chigiana. Journal of Musicological Studies.

We invite proposals on the following topics:

  1. Medial sources (piano rolls, audio, and audio-visual recordings) which document the persistence in the twentieth century of improvisatory practices in the performance of written instrumental repertoire of the nineteenth century, with a particular focus on the realization of preludes and transitions between different compositions.
  2. Historical sources on the theory and the spread of improvisatory practice in the performance of instrumental repertoire in the nineteenth century (treatises, didactic manuals, exemplars, reviews, chronicles, diaries, notebooks, correspondence).
  3. Creative remediation of classical music by contemporaneous artists, who create a dialogue between nineteenth-century repertoire and music of different periods and/or cultural origins.
  4. Reception of classical music identity and the way audience expectations are structured, in the current dynamic value system of music taste.

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Proposals should be submitted to by May 15, 2024.

Program committee: Antonio Cascelli, Valerie Goertzen, Stefano Jacoviello, Roe-Min Kok, John Mortensen, Susanna Pasticci, John Rink, Giorgio Sanguinetti.