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The purpose of the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music is to promote the study and performance of music of the eighteenth century. The Society provides a forum where scholars and performers can further their knowledge of music, history and interrelated arts of the period and serves as a resource to facilitate and encourage collaboration.

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Ninth Biennial Conference: Global Intersections in the Music of the 18th Century
March 19–21, 2020, Stockholm, Sweden
In collaboration with the
Royal Swedish Academy of Music

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The Society for Eighteenth-Century Music will hold its ninth biennial conference Thursday, March 19 through Saturday, March 21, 2020, in Stockholm, Sweden, in collaboration with the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

For more details, click here.


The Las Vegas Baroque Festival is pleased to announce its conference on April 2–5, 2020 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Our theme is “Baroque Voices.” The Program Committee welcomes proposals for 30-minute slots from diverse perspectives and formats, including individual papers, multi-presenter panels, discussion forums, lecture-recitals, etc. Harpsichords and a fortepiano will be available, and our concert organ or a positiv can be used if necessary. The theme itself may be broadly interpreted. Possibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Baroque composers’ treatment of the human voice
  • Baroque singers and their education, technique, ornamentation, personas, etc.
  • Baroque vocal repertoires
  • The notion of personal voice in the baroque period (composerly voice, women’s voices, minority voices)
  • Themes of voice in musical works or institutions (the “voice of the King,” the “voice of the people”)
  • Performance practice
  • Instruction and pedagogy
  • Programming and practical concerns for current performing groups
Submission deadline for proposals is December 14, 2019. For more details on the conference and submission procedure, please see the Facebook page or website, or email Jonathan R. Lee


Call for Papers Ignacio Jerusalem, Chapelmaster of the Mexico City Cathedral: Music and Art in New Spain during the Eighteenth Century. March 5–7, 2020. Florida International University Modesto Maidique Campus, Miami, FL

Ignacio Jerusalem (1707–1769) was born in Naples, worked in Spain and later New Spain (Mexico City) in the second half of the eighteenth century. He eventually held the post of Chapelmaster of the Mexico City Cathedral (1750–69). This conference commemorates the 250th anniversary of the death of Jerusalem. Jerusalem was a prolific composer whose compositions were well distributed in New Spain during his lifetime and immediately after. To this day his works can be found in archives as far north as California and as far south as Guatemala. Jerusalem’s compositions exemplify the transition from the baroque to the galant style. We invite papers of original research on Jerusalem’s life, his music, and the artistic life of the Mexico City Cathedral in the second half of the eighteenth century.

All proposals should be sent to dolatad@fiu.edu as attachments in the form of PDFs. Deadline for submission is December 1, 2019.


Call for Papers from French Historical Studies: Music and French History/La musique et l’histoire française

The editors of French Historical Studies seek articles for a special issue on music in the Francophone world to appear in 2022. The history of the music of France has traditionally been studied as a separate category without the same robust interest as other cultural artifacts such as film and literature. More recent scholarship illuminates the place of music in French society and suggests that more work should be done to sketch out the particular place of music in all its forms in French history. This special issue of French Historical Studies proposes to take stock of and advance this historiographical renewal. What can the production and consumption of music tell us about the shifting nature of French identity and the relationships among various constituencies in French history?

Queries about submission and other matters should be addressed to the guest editors: William Weber (william.weber@csulb.edu) and Jonathyne Briggs (jwbriggs@iun.edu). To submit an article, visit the journal website. For more information, see here. The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2020.


Call for submissions—Bach Perspectives 14: Bach and Mozart: Connections, Patterns, Pathways

The American Bach Society invites submissions for consideration for Bach Perspectives 14, an essay collection on the theme of “Bach and Mozart: Connections, Patterns, Pathways.” Papers on all aspects of the subject are welcome, and will be selected after peer review for publication in 2022. Potential topics include the many fruitful connections between generations of composers in the Bach and Mozart families, the patterns of influence and inspiration that emerged from their works and their artistic milieus, and the pathways opened by their music and musical cultures.

Submissions should be approximately 6000 words and should be sent in electronic form to Paul Corneilson (pcorneilson AT packhum.org) by 15 April 2020. Information the series is available at the ABS website.


Announcement: Eighteenth-century Arts Education Research Network
We are pleased to announce the new Royal Society of Edinburgh-funded Eighteenth-century Arts Education Research Network (EAERN), based in the music subject area of the University of Glasgow. This interdisciplinary network brings together an international community of researchers in music, art, literature, dance, and history to share approaches to investigate eighteenth-century arts educational materials.

The aims of the network are:
To investigate how eighteenth-century arts education has impacted on the development of Western society and the development of artisan institutions such as music conservatories, schools of art, academies of dance and the university institution
To establish a dialogue between interdisciplinary researchers about their current methodological practice when analyzing, deconstructing and using eighteenth-century education materials in practice
Out of these dialogues, to establish new standardized methodologies that utilize cross-disciplinary explorations
The network will establish a seminar series, and three full-day public colloquia.

Please join on Facebook EAERN and on Twitter @EAERNing to stay up to date with workshop details and events. If you would like further details, contact us: arts-eaern@glasgow.ac.uk



SECM Conference Proceedings

Published by Steglein Publishing, Inc.

2014: 6th Conference in Bethlehem, PA
   •   Music in Eighteenth-Century Culture
2012: 5th Conference in Charleston, SC
   •   Haydn and His Contemporaries II
2010: 4th Conference in Brooklyn, NY
   •   SECM in Brooklyn 2010
2008: 3rd Conference in Claremont, CA
   •   Haydn and His Contemporaries
2006: 2nd Conference in Williamsburg, VA
   •   Genre in Eighteenth-Century Music
2004: 1st Conference in Washington, DC
   •   Music in Eighteenth-Century Life



The “Bononcini Project” of the Fondazione Arcadia promotes the music of Giovanni Bononcini with a web site, an online works catalog and downloadable scores. Further information can be found at their web site.



A list of dissertations and theses currently being written or recently completed on topics pertaining to music in the eighteenth century can be found here.



The complete text of Charles Burney’s The Present State of Music in France and Italy, 2nd, corrected edition, (London: T. Becket and Co., 1773), is available here. Access is free and open to anyone.


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