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“Above all, music must move the heart...” C. P. E. Bach


The purpose of the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music is to promote the study and performance of music of the eighteenth century. The Society provides a forum where scholars and performers can further their knowledge of music, history and interrelated arts of the period and serves as a resource to facilitate and encourage collaboration.

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“Mozart and Modernity”
The Mozart Society of America’s seventh biennial conference, “Mozart and Modernity,” will take place from Friday to Sunday, 20–22 October 2017 at the University of Western Ontario. Details and call for papers here.


The Mozart Society of America is offering SECM members a 50% discount on their publications, including Mozart in Prague: Essays on Performance, Patronage, Sources, and Reception for $25. For a list of available titles and for ordering instructions, please download this form.


American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL, 22–25 March 2018

Affiliated Session – Society for Eighteenth-Century Music
CFP deadline: 15 September 2017
The Society for Eighteenth-Century Music will offer a session during the 2108 ASECS meeting, planned to feature intersections of music with topics and issues that will interest scholars of the period generally. (session chair: Douglass Seaton, Florida State University).

The call for papers welcomes studies that situate music in culture, apply to musical subjects research methods or materials adapted from other disciplines, pursue transmedial relationships between music and other arts. Examples would include, but are not limited to, the following:

Gender in music and in musicking
Music in material culture and the bourgeois home
Music reflecting and critiquing politics and religion
Music and drama – on the stage and beyond
Music of empire and colony
Music in literature and publishing
Music within nature and gardens

Three presenters will be selected to deliver papers of twenty minutes each. All presenters and participants are required to be members of ASECS or a constituent society of ISECS at the time of the conference.

Please include your name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), contact information, audio-visual needs, and the title of your paper in the body of an email. Abstracts of no more than 350 words should include the title of the paper and represent the presentation as fully as possible. Please send abstracts as .doc or .pdf attachments to dseaton@fsu.edu by 15 September 2017.


American Bach Society
Call for papers for the 2018 meeting at Yale University
26–28 April 2018
Details and call for papers here.


Call for papers
XXIst Century Challenges to the History of XVIIIth Century Musical Aesthetics
11–12 June 2018
Venue: University of Turin (Italy)
Proposal deadline: 30 July 2017
Details and call for papers here.


Eighteenth-Century Flute Chamber Music
International Study Day
Genoa, Conservatorio di musica “N. Paganini”, 28 October 2017
More information here.


Announcement: Eighteenth-century Arts Education Research Network
We are pleased to announce the new Royal Society of Edinburgh-funded Eighteenth-century Arts Education Research Network (EAERN), based in the music subject area of the University of Glasgow. This interdisciplinary network brings together an international community of researchers in music, art, literature, dance, and history to share approaches to investigate eighteenth-century arts educational materials.

The aims of the network are:
To investigate how eighteenth-century arts education has impacted on the development of Western society and the development of artisan institutions such as music conservatories, schools of art, academies of dance and the university institution
To establish a dialogue between interdisciplinary researchers about their current methodological practice when analyzing, deconstructing and using eighteenth-century education materials in practice
Out of these dialogues, to establish new standardized methodologies that utilize cross-disciplinary explorations
The network will establish a seminar series, and three full-day public colloquia.

Please join on Facebook EAERN and on Twitter @EAERNing to stay up to date with workshop details and events. If you would like further details, contact us: arts-eaern@glasgow.ac.uk



The Sterling E. Murray Award for Student Travel, named in honor of SECM’s founding president, was established in 2011 to encourage and enable college and university students currently enrolled as full-time undergraduate or graduate students in accredited academic programs and having career interests that relate to the mission of the Society for Eighteenth- Century Music, to attend the Society’s biennial meetings. The award consists of $500 to support travel expenses as well as a student membership in the Society for one year. Award recipients are announced in the Society’s newsletter and recognized at the meeting that they attend. Further information and an application form can be found here.



SECM Conference Proceedings

Published by Steglein Publishing, Inc.

2014: 6th Conference in Bethlehem, PA
   •   Music in Eighteenth-Century Culture
2012: 5th Conference in Charleston, SC
   •   Haydn and His Contemporaries II
2010: 4th Conference in Brooklyn, NY
   •   SECM in Brooklyn 2010
2008: 3rd Conference in Claremont, CA
   •   Haydn and His Contemporaries
2006: 2nd Conference in Williamsburg, VA
   •   Genre in Eighteenth-Century Music
2004: 1st Conference in Washington, DC
   •   Music in Eighteenth-Century Life



The “Bononcini Project” of the Fondazione Arcadia promotes the music of Giovanni Bononcini with a web site, an online works catalog and downloadable scores. Further information can be found at their web site.



A list of dissertations currently being written or recently completed on topics pertaining to music in the eighteenth century can be found here.



With the help of the RIT Press and Peter Alexander, the Haydn Society of North America has re-started the HSNA Newsletter, but now as an updatable electronic newsletter that works together with our HAYDN online journal, and has RSS feed capabilities. Please go to haydnjournal.org and click on HSNA Newsletter to read the current content. To submit items to the newsletter's editor Peter Alexander, send them to HSNA.Newsletter@rit.edu.



The complete text of Charles Burney’s The Present State of Music in France and Italy, 2nd, corrected edition, (London: T. Becket and Co., 1773), is now available here. Access is free and open to anyone.



SECM members get 20% discount on Eighteenth-Century Music and Journal of Musicology


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