Call for papers
“Parole del Metastasio”: opera and emotions in eighteenth-century Europe
Teatro Real, Madrid
25–27 March, 2020
In eighteenth-century Europe, Metastasio’s work marked poetic, musical, and cultural boundaries within which the production of sung music developed for more than a hundred years. His vision of the world, and of human relationships and passions, influenced not only the hundreds of composers who ventured the musical setting of his lyrics, but also all other poets inspired by his words for music.
Given the unparalleled impact of
Metastasio’s texts in operatic composition throughout the eighteenth century,
complete exploration of the librettist’s figure requires attending to the myriads
of musical versions prompted by the emotions expressed in his lyrics. Therefore,
we warmly invite presentations investigating the relationship between text and
music around Metastasian passions, with especial attention to the dramaturgical
and musical treatment thereof within his recitatives and closed pieces. We particularly
encourage papers using novel methodologies for the study of the librettist’s
world, including digital, computer-assisted techniques for data extraction from
both music and poetry.
This symposium is an expression of the European
Research Council project DIDONE. The
Sources of Absolute Music: Mapping Emotions in Eighteenth-Century Italian Opera
(https://www.didone.eu), directed by
Álvaro Torrente at the Instituto Complutense de Ciencias Musicales (Universidad
Complutense de Madrid). It will coincide with the representation of Francesco
Corselli’s setting of Metastasio’s Achille
in Sciro in the Teatro Real in Madrid.
Proposals for individual papers (20-minute
long, followed by 10-minute discussion) must be submitted as Word files (.pdf
is not accepted). Each proposal must include the following information:
– presenter’s name
– paper title
– abstract (max. 350 words)
– short bio (max. 150 words)
– institutional affiliation
– e-mail address
The official languages of the conference
are Italian, English, and Spanish.
Proposals must be sent to the email address
email@example.com by 17
November, 2019, and will be evaluated by 1 January 2020.
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