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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 now accepting proposals for the panel “The Eighteenth-Century Miscellany and Its Social Impact,” which will convene at the annual meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in Los Angeles, March 17–22, 2015. We invite interdisciplinary scholars to consider the social significance of the miscellany and its prevalent manifestations throughout the long eighteenth century. While the term “miscellany” is perhaps most associated with English literary periodicals containing critical essays, song texts, poetry and drama, as a broader conceptual approach it undergirds much of British culture. In addition to commonplace books, diaries, monthly periodicals, and music books, concerts featuring diverse musical genres and styles, public exhibits, and curiosity cabinets also exemplify miscellany. As the century progressed, Britain witnessed a period of increasingly rigid identity formation in the areas of class, gender, sexuality, and nation. The miscellany approach to presenting information, moral advice, and social, political and artistic critiques may suggest new ways of understanding British cultural identities.

The panel will be organized in a roundtable format featuring up to six presenters. Each presenter will prepare a written position paper. All of the papers will be made available online as a combined pdf document prior to the beginning of the conference. During the conference, the chair will introduce the roundtable topic, and each presenter in turn will provide a brief synopsis of his or her position. The panel will then be opened for discussion among the presenters and audience.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words as a Word attachment to Janet Page (University of Memphis), by midnight EST on Friday September 12. The selection committee is headed by Bethany Cencer (Stony Brook University). Please note that selected presenters who are not already ASECS or ISECS members will be required to join ASECS.

The Rameau Project
Jean-Philippe Rameau: International Anniversary Conference
St Hilda’s College, Oxford
11–14 September 2014
Download the brochure for further information

The American Bach Society invites submissions for consideration for Bach Perspectives 11, an essay collection whose topic will be “Johann Sebastian Bach and His Sons.” Essays on all aspects of the subject are welcome, and will be selected after peer review for publication in fall 2017. Papers should be approximately 6000 words and be sent in electronic form to Mary Oleskiewicz by 1 September 2014. Information on past volumes in the series is available here.

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 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.

SECM in Brooklyn 2010: Topics in Eighteenth-Century Music I has been published by Steglein Publishing. This volume prints ten papers read at conference of our society in Brooklyn, NY in 2010. The book is the SECM 2013 membership gift. Further information about the title can be found at Steglein’s 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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