Music Theatre Symposium, Adelaide, 12 December 2009

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Music Theatre Symposium

Saturday 12 December 2009
Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide


The South Australian Chapter of the Musicological Society of Australia invites submissions for papers for the "Music Theatre Symposium" on Saturday 12 December 2009 in the Barr Smith Library of the University of Adelaide, to celebrate the gifting of the first tranche of the Burden Collection of 18th-century English music and drama to the library.

Papers can be on any aspect of music theatre. Presentations are to be 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes of discussion.

The Burden Collection will be a wide-ranging working library of volumes and ephemera on 18th-century English music and drama, with an emphasis on theatrical practise, currently an area of expanding scholarly attention. The first tranche (selected from some 250 items) consists of 50 items representing 94 plays; 39 of these are first copies of these imprints (and many of the titles) in the Southern Hemisphere, and 5 more are the first copies in Australia. The 94 play scripts incorporate 18th-century London drama, opera, ballad opera, and burlesque. The Barr Smith Library has one of the strongest theatre collections in Australia with the holdings of the Angel Simon Theatre Collection; the new gift will significantly strengthen the library's existing theatre holdings. Many of the items are popular dramas that were among the early theatre performances in Australia, offering the possibility of investigating the transmission of London opera and drama to other centres.

Please email an abstract to John Phillips, Secretary MSA (SA Chapter), , by Friday 11 September 2009.

Notification of acceptance will be sent by 2 October 2009.

The Network of Early European Research (NEER) provides support for the Music Theatre Symposium.