Music of War and Peace in the 20th Century

  • 13.01.2015

The 70th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War

The International Conference
“Music of War and Peace in the 20th Century”

The conference will take place at Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory during 21–24 April 2015. Its aim is to introduce new data and the results of recent researches to musicology. It is supposed that young scholars, both graduate and post-graduate students, will take their active participation in a separate section of the conference.

Musicological researches of the war topic in music have established a solid tradition, on whose background the novelty of the coming conference shall involve, firstly, the widest and the most complex scope of the material (Russia and the West, genres of academic and popular music) and, secondly, participation of musicologists with their spectrum of majors of the same width (music theorists, historians, sociologists and aestheticians). A discourse combining various approaches related to musical content, structure language and technique, is offered.

Following is the list of possible topics:
· the World Wars in the twentieth-century music;
· musical life in the USSR during the Great Patriotic War;
· Moscow Conservatory during the years of the War;
· the War in documents and literature;
· music of resistance in the USSR and abroad;
· the great premieres of the War and the Victory;
· musical avant-garde in the context of the world wars and revolutions;
· the war topic in the mass music culture;
· aggression in music: its ethical and aesthetical meanings;
· the topicality of relations between Time and the artist;
· the influence of the war discourse over concrete artistic achievements;
· the research of principles of the implementation of social mandate in the course of apprehension of the war topics in times of peace and of the peace topics in wartime;
· documents whose content makes customary historical positions changed and supplemented.

It is suggested that music by Myaskovsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Schnittke, Debussy, Ravel, Bartók, Britten, Schönberg, Berg, Honegger, Messiaen, Nono, Berio, Penderecki, Stockhausen and many other twentieth-century composers, as well as various phenomena of popular, film, rock and other kinds of contemporary non-academic music, be researched from new perspectives.

We ask for applications containing the topic and theses of the paper (up to 500 words), as well as the author’s personal information (place of study or work, job position, science degree and academic title), by 1 March 2015.

An issue concerning the coverage of the travel and accommodation expenses of the participants from other cities in Moscow during the conference will be solved by the Organizing Committee.