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“Above all, music must move the heart...” C. P. E. Bach

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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SECM Sponsored Panel at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Baltimore, MD; March 31–April 2, 2022

Session IX—Saturday, April 2, 8:00–9:30

Decolonizing the Pedagogy of Eighteenth-Century Music
Chair: Kimary Fick, Oregon State University, and Matteo Magarotto, University of Miami Frost School of Music

  1. Margaret Walker, Dan School of Drama and Music, Queen's University, Kingston Ontario, “Eighteenth-Century Entanglements: Ideas for Teaching Music Globally”
  2. Hayoung Heidi Lee, Wells School of Music, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, “China Heard and China Imagined: A Proposal for an Undergraduate Seminar in Music and Travels of the Eighteenth Century”
  3. Michael Vincent, School of Music, University of Florida, “Music, Enlightenment, and the Definition of Europe”
  4. Vivian Montgomery, Longy School of Music of Bard College, “Europe Looks at the World: Appropriation and Cultural Supremacy in Music from the 'Enlightened’ West”

Encounters with Eighteenth-Century Music

We are pleased to announce the next three sessions of the Encounters with Eighteenth-Century Music virtual forum series for 2022. Full details are available on the Encounters website.

“Hearing Outside the Lines: Black Music in Eighteenth-Century Virginia”: the Third Session of Encounters with Eighteenth-Century Music on November 19 at 12:00pm Eastern

The third session of Encounters with Eighteenth-Century Music: A Virtual Forum features Emily H. Green and Bonnie Gordon presenting “Hearing Outside the Lines: Black Music in Eighteenth-Century Virginia.” The Zoom meeting will be held Friday, November 19, 12:00-1:30pm Eastern. The meeting will open 10-15 minutes early for greetings and informal discussion.

For more details and to register (free, but required) for this event, click here.

Mozart Society of America and Society for Eighteenth-Century Music Joint Conference in Salzburg—26–29 May 2022: “Mozart and Salzburg”

The preliminary program and abstracts are now available for the joint MSA-SECM conference in Salzburg. Stay tuned for details about registration, which will be available later this year.

SECM Conference Proceedings

Published by Steglein Publishing, Inc.

2016: 7th Conference in Austin, TX
   •   SECM in Austin 2016
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
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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