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3 Conferences on Musical Performance

The Embodiment of Authority: Perspectives on Performances

The Embodiment of Authority: Perspectives on Performances Conference

Sibelius-Academy, Helsinki, Finland 

10–12 September 2010

A call for papers will be announced at January 2010.

Keynote speakers:

Nicholas Cook

Professor of Music

University of Cambridge (UK)

Della Pollock

Professor of Performance and Cultural Studies

University of North Carolina (US)

Allen S. Weiss

Associate Adjunct Professor of Performance Studies and Cinema Studies

New York University (US)

For further information, please contact:

Dr Taina Riikonen

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+358 40 710 4294



The Piano Trio: History, Technique, Performance



12-13 November 2010

Senate House, University of London


Call for Proposals:


The piano trio is a relatively late arrival on the scene in the history of chamber music. When in the late eighteenth century, the first piano trios as we now understand them – with emancipated string parts that are assigned near-equal partnership with the keyboard – appeared, the string quartet was already well established as a genre. The development of the piano trio has been contingent upon the ways in which changes to the construction of keyboard instruments affected the nature of the inter-relationships between instruments and composers’ responses. This conference aims to bring together researchers working on the historical, technical and performative aspects of the piano trio genre.


The keynote presentation will be given by David Owen Norris.


Proposals (250 words) for individual papers (20 minutes, with 10 minutes discussion), lecture-recitals and performances /demonstrations (30 minutes maximum, with 15 minutes discussion) or panels (three of four papers, each to be 20 minutes maximum, with 10 minutes discussion) are invited on the following topics:



•Historical origins of the piano trio

•Changing social function of the genre

•Canonic works, and mainstream repertoire for the piano trio

•Significance of the genre as a cultural phenomenon

•Historical and contemporary performance practice of the piano trio repertoire

•Performance history of the piano trio

•Equal partnership or ensemble hierarchy in performance?

•National identities in relation to the genre

•The place of the piano trio in historical and contemporary concert programmes

•The rise and careers of professional piano trios

•Recording history of the piano trio

•Contemporary repertoire for the piano trio

•Patronage and the piano trio

•The piano trio as a foundation for larger ensembles

•Subversion of the genre: piano trio with non-traditional instrumental combinations

•Progressive and conservative trends in 20th-century piano trio repertoire

•The development of modern pianos and its relationship to the repertoire for the piano trio

•Compositional issues in relation to the piano trio

•Issues of balance in the performance of piano trios

•Landmarks in the history of the piano trio repertoire

•The future of the piano trio



DEADLINE for proposals: 5pm (GMT), Monday 1 March 2010


Notification of acceptance and preliminary programme: 15 April 2010

Final programme issued: 15 July 2010

Registration opens: 1 August 2010


Please submit by email, in an attachment including your full name and contact details, to the IMR Administrator Mrs Valerie James, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Proposals will be judged anonymously. Paper proposals from students are especially encouraged.


Conference Committee:

Mine Dogantan Dack (Chair – Middlesex University)

John Irving (Director of the Institute of Musical Research)

Peter Fribbins (Middlesex University)

Mieko Kanno (Durham University; Orpheus Institute)

Ferenc Szücs (Irish World Academy of Music and Dance)

Marianne Tyler Brown (Middlesex University)


Performance Studies Network, CMPCP


The Performance Studies Network - hosted by the AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP) - will hold its first international conference at the University of Cambridge from Thursday 14 July to Sunday 17 July 2011. Most conference activities will be held in the Faculty of Music, and delegates will be accommodated in nearby Robinson College. Plenary sessions will be led by members of the CMPCP team and by invited speakers from outside the Centre; there will also be a range of performance events, including a concert given by the internationally renowned Endellion Quartet.
The Call for Papers will be issued in Autumn 2010, inviting proposals for individual papers, panel sessions, posters, and events featuring live performance. Registration forms will also be made available then; early booking is strongly encouraged owing to the limited number of spaces available at Robinson College.

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Information about CMPCP can be found by visiting
See for details of the Performance Studies Network and for updates about this conference.

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