Third Congress of the Society for Theory of Music

  • 25.07.2017

Society for Theory of Music
Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory

Third Congress of the Society for Theory of Music

Dedicated to the Centennial of the Russian Revolution of 1917

International Scholarly Congress
Moscow (Russia)
25–29 September, 2017

It is well known that the events of the year 1917 in Russia have made the strongest and most ambivalent impact on the course of history of both our country and the whole world. The goal of this scholarly congress is an attempt to comprehend an entire spectrum of the influences of the revolutionary events during both the year 1917 and the following history of the Soviet Union. At the same time, this is far from being the only revolutionary year that caused major social upheavals in history, and it is them that always bring both new worldviews and new languages of art into being. In consideration of this approach, the main topics (and sections) of the congress are to be as follows:

– Social Revolutions and Music Culture: the Musicians and the Power;
– The Options of Mutual Relations between Social and Artistic Revolutions;
– Scholarly Revolutions in Music Theory;
– Special section dedicated to the 85th anniversary of Yuri Kholopov;
– Russia’s Musical Avant-garde of the 1920s both in and outside the USSR;
– The Fate of Russia’s Musical Art during the Soviet Period: the Forgotten Names;
– The Cultures of the Peoples of the USSR and Their Development;
– On the Questions of “Socialist Realism” in Music and of Its Heritage;
– The Musical Avant-garde of the Late Soviet Period and Its Future;
– Is Postmodernism in Music a Kind of Revolution or a Kind of Anarchy?
– The Stylistic Cataclysms: Simplicity and Complexity Today and in the Past;
– The Scientific and Technological Revolution in Music: Avant-garde experiments with Sound in Russia and Abroad during a Period between the 1920s and the 2010s.

Both the Thirty-fifth General Assembly of the International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music (CIME / ICEM) and the festival, in whose frameworks performances of the representatives of the confederation will be held, — together with the concerts of the three Scholarly and Art Centers: (1) of Interdisciplinary Researches of Musical Art, (2) of Electroacoustic Music, and (3) of Contemporary Music, — will be timed to the work of the last section.


1 – Hotel «City-Comfort»  (3/1А, Sredniy Kislovskiy per.)

2 – Hotel Moscow Conservatory (3/2, Sredniy Kislovskiy per.)

3 – Conference hall and Rachmaninov Hall (13/6 Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street)

4 – Entrance  (Passage to the CEAMMC and to the Oval Hall of Rubinchtein’s Museum)

5 – Brizol’s Café (2/14-8, Bryusov per.)

6 – Moscow Composer’s House (8/10-2, Bryusov per.)


1 – Hotel «City Comfort» (3/1А, Sredniy Kislovskiy per.)

2 – Hotel of the Moscow Conservatory (3/2, Sredniy Kislovskiy per.)

3 – Conference hall and Rachmaninov Hall (13/6 Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street)

4 – Entrance (Passage to the CEAMMC and to the Oval Hall of Rubinchtein’s Museum)

5 – The passage to the Ceammc and the Oval hall of Rubinstein’s Museum)

The passage through the Ground floor of the Great Hall building is open from 10 to 18 hours

International Conference 2018: Terminology Research in Musicology and the Humanities — Conmusterm

  • 19.10.2017

We invite you to take part in the International Conference 2018: Terminology Research in Musicology and the Humanities — Conmusterm, which will take place on 25–26 May 2018 at the Music Academy in Zagreb (Croatia).

The abstract submission deadline is 15 Dec 2017 (please see the website).

Publication of the Papers for the Congress

  • 26.09.2017

Dear colleagues!
Our editorial team from The Journal of Russian Society for Theory of Music is pleased to offer you the opportunity to publish the materials of your papers for Congress of the Society for Theory of Music. Your materials may be published in English. For publishing your texts schould be made as contributions and according to the requirements which are available on our website (, and sent to e-mail address of our editorial office ( and
We are looking forward to the fruitful cooperation with you!

International conference for PhD students “Musicology (in)action: Past musics, present practices, future prospects”

  • 24.03.2017

The Department of Music Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Department of Music Science and Art of the University of Macedonia will host, under the aegis of the Hellenic Musicological Society, an international conference for PhD students entitled “Musicology (in)action: Past musics, present practices, future prospects” in Thessaloniki, Greece, from 9 to 11 of February 2018.

Call for papers deadline: May 30, 2017.

For more information please see here.

Musicology in the Age of (Post)Globalization

  • 09.03.2017

3–6 April 2018, New York City

In 2018 The Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation celebrates the centennial of its founder, Barry S. Brook (1918–1997). A musicologist with a global vision who lived and worked both in  New York and in Paris, his scholarly interests were broad: His research covered secular music from the Renaissance, the 18th and the 19th century, as well as music iconography, the social history of music, and aesthetics. In later years he became fascinated with ethnomusicology. His interest in the control of music sources and resources together with his vision of a global research community and the use of computers for humanities research led him to found Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) and to cofound the Répertoire International d’Iconographie Musicale (RIdIM), along with many other publications and series.

To celebrate his vision and accomplishments, The Brook Center is organizing an international conference on the topic of Musicology in the Age of (Post)Globalization, which will take place from Tuesday, 3 April to Friday, 6 April 2018, at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, in New York City. We are inviting papers based on new research that address the multifaceted topics of music scholarship transcending national, cultural, and disciplinary boundaries. If music theorists, historical musicologists, and ethnomusicologists inhabit separate societies, publish in separate journals, and adhere to separate methodologies and literatures, this conference seeks to nourish a dialogue that looks at music research as a whole. After U.K.’s Brexit vote and the U.S. presidential election, which signal the end of an era and the emergence of a new world, a critical look at our discipline and its international position is ever more timely. With this in mind we are particularly seeking discussions on 21st-century musicology in the context of social, cultural, economic, and political structures, and the impact of 20th-century globalization or its perceived limits.

We seek to inspire papers and panels on the following themes:
Applied ethno/musicology
Breaking the musicology-ethnomusicology divide
Ethno/musicology and economics
Ethno/musicology and mobility
Ethno/musicology and political systems
Ethno/musicology and postcolonialism
Ethno/musicology outside the academy
Global issues Institutions and societies

Please submit a proposal, with title and an abstract of no more than 300 words, and include contact information (address, phone, and email) before 1 June 2017. Proposals for whole panels are welcome.

The Barry S. Brook Center
The Graduate Center, The City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016-4309
Attn: Tina Frühauf: TFruhauf at

International forum "Prokofiev. The 21st century"

  • 15.01.2016

The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
The Glinka National Museum Consortium of Musical Culture

To the 125th anniversary of S. Prokofiev

International forum "Prokofiev. The 21st century"
1-3 December, 2016

Organizer: The Glinka National Museum Consortium of Musical Culture (Moscow), with the participation of the Moscow State P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the State Centre of Contemporary Arts, State Institute for Art Studies Idea and perspective
The forum is expected to discuss issues of novelty and relevance in arts, reception of Prokofiev’s music, and the wide range of diverse influences that the composer’s music has on contemporary culture, penetrating it and saturating it with new ideas.
The forum unites researchers, creators, and aficionados of music, cultural figures and arts of all genres.

Format of the event
The forum will be held in two formats:
Classical – international academic conference with the participation of leading exerts and young researchers. Forms of presentation: presentations, reports, debates, and discussions.
Modern – a practical part of the forum, oriented at a wide audience interested in music and creative projects at the junction of arts. Forms of conduct: presentations, panel discussions, interviews, master-classes, and workshops.

Main themes

  • Topical issues of studying the creative heritage of S.S. Prokofiev
  • New sources, revealing a new image of Prokofiev
  • Prokofiev’s heritage and contemporary composing school
  • Performance and theoretical interpretations of Prokofiev’s works
  • Prokofiev on the theater stage. View of the director, choreographer, set designer
  • Embodiment of Prokofiev’s music in contemporary art
  • New context of Prokofiev’s music in the cinema, TV, animation, and multimedia
  • Prokofiev’s music in contemporary interpretations: from jazz and rock, to remixes and remakes
  • Prokofiev and the space of academic electronic and electroacoustic music
  • Prokofiev’s music in the language of choreography. Dance, ballet, sports.
  • Musical museums: new concepts and projects for the museum space will be an additional part of the program.

Within the framework of the program, a final stage of competition for the academic and creative works dedicated to Prokofiev will be held, involving students of higher educational institutions in the sphere of arts and culture. The student works that are considered the best by the decision of the program committee will be included in the forum’s program.

Scientists, researchers, museum specialists, composers, artists, producers, set designers, performers, directors, music critics, lecturers, marketing experts, representatives of cultural and public organizations, and students.

Working languages of the forum – Russian and English

Preliminary program
Academic sessions (classical format events) are scheduled before noon, and in the afternoon the modern format events are scheduled. A diverse cultural program with the participation of contemporary artists and special presentations is envisioned.

Conditions of participation in the forum
All those who are interested may take part in the international forum! There is no registration fee. The start of registration will be announced. Travel costs, fares, and accommodation will be met out of the directing party’s costs.
If you wish to take part as a presenter in the classical format, please send us an abstract of your report * 1,000 characters in Word format, 14-point font, and your CV with a photo until 30 Jul 2016 via email:
*The reports and statements accepted for presentation shall be those which have not been submitted to earlier publications conforming to the announced thematic directions of the Forum, and containing new materials, scientific standpoints, and interpretations.
To take part in the modern format as a listener, it is sufficient to pass the registration procedure. Thus, to become an active participant, please send a brief description of your material, your CV with a photo, and a complete description of your activity until 30 Jul 2016 via e-mail:
!!! Please be advised that the program committee reserves the right to a competitive selection of sent materials.

The thirty-ninth Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory

  • 22.12.2015

The thirty-ninth Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory
November 3–6, 2016
Vancouver, British Columbia, USA

The SMT will meet jointly with the American Musicological Society (AMS). Submissions will be accepted until January 15. Please visit this page to submit a proposal:

Perspectives on Twentieth-Century Russian Theory

  • 16.03.2015

We are very pleased to announce the publication of Perspectives on Twentieth-Century Russian Theory in Music Theory Online, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal of the Society for Music Theory. The essays in this collection present a wide range of topics: mutability, modality, hemitonicism, expression parameters, counterpoint, and holistic analysis. Inessa Bazayev and Ellon Carpenter provide an introduction with background on the history of Russian theory and prior scholarship in the West. The authors are Ellen Bakulina (City University of New York), Inessa Bazayev (Louisiana State University), Zachary Cairns (University of Missouri – St. Louis), Philip Ewell (Hunter College), Christopher Segall (University of Cincinnati), and Daniil Zavlunov (Stetson University). It is our sincere hope that this publication will contribute to and facilitate ongoing dialogue between music theorists in Russia and America. 

Yonatan Malin and Nicole Biamonte 
Editors, Music Theory Online