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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.

navigation bar Home About the society Contact SECM Links SECM Forum SECM Newsletters SECM Online Texts SECM Miscellaneous The Society for Eighteenth-Century Music is pleased to announce that their sixth biennial conference will be held in historic Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, from February 28 to March 2, 2014. The conference is co-sponsored by the Haydn Society of North America, and will be hosted by Moravian College, with support from Kutztown University. Paper sessions and musical performances will take place in the Brethren's House, built in 1748 as part of the original Moravian settlement in Bethlehem, and now part of the Moravian College arts campus.
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Lodging and Travel
Preliminary Program

Pietro Marchitelli, Michele Mascitti and Neapolitan instrumental music
International Conference
Villa Santa Maria (Chieti), 24–26 November 2014
For further information and the Call for Papers click here.

The American Bach Society announces its upcoming meeting to be held at Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio), May 1–4, 2014. The theme of the meeting will be “Johann Sebastian Bach and his Sons.” One of the focal points will be the celebration of the 300th anniversary of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s birth (1714–1788).
See the ABS website for full details.

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.

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.

Haydn and His Contemporaries has been published by Steglein Publishing. This volume prints thirteen papers read at the joint conference of our society and the Haydn Society of North America in Claremont, CA in 2008. The book is the SECM 2011 membership gift. Further information about the title can be found at Steglein’s 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 and click on HSNA Newsletter to read the current content. To submit items to the newsletter's editor Peter Alexander, send them to

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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