The Many Faces of Camille Saint-Saëns

full name / name of organization: 
Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini

The Many Faces of Camille Saint-Saëns

07-09 October 2016
Lucca, Complesso Monumentale di San Micheletto

organized by
Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini (Lucca)
Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française, Venice

The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca and the Palazzetto Bru Zane of Venice – Centre de musique romantique française of Venice are pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the symposium «The Many Faces of Camille Saint-Saëns», to be held in Lucca, Complesso Monumentale di San Micheletto, from Friday 7 until Sunday 9 October 2016.
A virtuoso pianist based in Paris at the end of the July Monarchy, a composer acclaimed during the Second Empire and a tutelary figure of the French operatic scene during the Third Republic, Camille Saint-Saëns made an undeniable impact on European music of the second half of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As a pianist Saint-Saens seems to have forged a new manner of composing for the instrument, based on his own practical experience; as a composer he explored the majority of contemporary genres; as a writer and a political figure, he had a powerful voice that echoed throughout France and beyond. Through the figure of Saint-Saëns this conference aims to explore the evolution of the second generation of French Romantics, from the 1840s to the 1920s. Instrumental and operatic aesthetics will be considered, as well as the question of exoticism, the revival of ancient music, and relationships with political power — including the progression from the monarchic to the Imperial regime, and finally to the Republican government. The global reception of Saint-Saëns' works will also be analyzed, in order to demonstrate the way in which French music was heard and understood in different cultural contexts.
The scientific committee welcome proposals that address to the themes listed below, although other, related topics are also welcome:

• «Le jeu perlé»: A New Way to Play the Piano?
• Saint-Saëns the Organist
• Saint-Saëns the Concert Virtuoso
• Saint-Saëns the Instrumental Composer
• Saint-Saëns the Vocal Composer
• Saint-Saëns Overseas: Relationships with the Orient and Africa in His Life and Works
• Saint-Saëns the Editor: The Rediscovery of Baroque Music in fin de siècle France
• Aesthetic Conflicts: Franck, Wagner, Debussy and d'Indy in the Writings of Saint-Saëns
• Saint-Saëns and Politics: His Relationship with Political Power, His Influence as a Member of the Société Nationale de Musique, and so forth.

Programme Committee:
• Étienne Jardin (Palazzetto Bru Zane)
• Roberto Illiano (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
• Fulvia Morabito (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
• Luca Lévi Sala (Université de Poitiers)
• Rohan H. Stewart-MacDonald (Warwickshire, UK)

Keynote Speaker:
• Michael Stegemann (Technische Universität Dortmund, Institut für Musik und Musikwissenschaft)
• Hugh Macdonald (Washington University, St. Louis, MO)

The official languages of the conference are English, French and Italian. Papers selected at the conference will be published in a miscellaneous volume.
Papers are limited to twenty minutes in length, allowing time for questions and discussion. Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and one page of biography.
All proposals should be submitted by email no later than ***Sunday 3 April 2016*** to . With your proposal please include your name, contact details (postal address, e-mail and telephone number) and (if applicable) your affiliation. The committee will make its final decision on the abstracts by the end of May 2016, and contributors will be informed immediately thereafter. Further information about the programme, registration, travel and accommodation will be announced after that date.
For any additional information, please contact:

Dr. Roberto Illiano