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Congres: Narrative and Music

Monday, 15 November, 2021 - 08:30 to Wednesday, 17 November, 2021 - 22:00
Paleis der Academiën & Koninklijk Conservatorium
Brussel Centrum
Carolien Van Nerom, Ann Peeters, Bart Bouckaert & Lars Bernaerts
Internationaal Congres

The conference ‘Narrative and Music’ will take place on November 15, 16, and 17 in Brussels. We welcome three keynote speakers: Prof. Dr. Werner Wolf, Dr. Tristian Evans, and Prof. Dr. Peter Dayan. Other lectures are divided into 8 theme sessions spread over three days. On the last day, a concert is also scheduled at 20:00. This concert is related to the sub-theme 'minimalism and narrativity' (see also below). Works by Philip Glass will be the subject of the concert.

Research into music and literature has a long history in which a variety of approaches have been tested. Yet the narrative qualities of music are only sporadically the subject of analysis. Since the cognitive and intermedial view of literature and narratology, however, literary scholars have been looking at other media with renewed interest. Music or media in which music is a part of the artwork are coming back into the spotlight. Cognitive narratology can be an important tool in narrative analyses of for example purely instrumental music, music with text, or music in film, opera, radio plays, etc.

This conference takes as its starting point the narrative possibilities that music offers, be it in instrumental music, music with text, or in art forms where music plays an important role. This platform serves to bring together researchers who illuminate the narrative capacity of music in all its facets. This can be done from a musicological, but also from a literary or broader cultural point of view.

The theme 'Narrative and Music' is divided into three domains for this conference: (1) narrative quality of music, (2) narrativity of minimalist music, (3) narrativity of music in intermedial works. This conference thus brings together researchers and musicians from different backgrounds, but with the same interest in the narrativity of music. We aim to present research on narrativity of music from all periods, of music with or without text, as well as of intermedial works in which music is important. In particular, we welcome musings of music from the second half of the 20th century since existing research is often limited to music from the 18th, 19th, or early 20th centuries. Finally, minimalist music and Philip Glass are the inspiration for the concert that takes place in order to consolidate the discussions of this conference (on the last day: November 17, 2021).

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