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The Musical Salon in Visual Culture
16 International Conference, Association Répertoire International d’Iconographie Musicale (RIdIM)

Deadline for submissions: 30 April 2016


The Rimsky-Korsakov Museum and the Study Group “Musical Iconography” of the International Musicological Society, and sponsored by the St. Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music, and the Center “Art-parkING”

James Gillray, Playing in Parts, 1801, aquatint with engravings, 32 x 40.5, published 15 May 1801, by H. Humphrey, No 27 St. James’s Street, London.

7-9 September 2016

International Bilingual Conference (English and Russian)
Rimsky-Korsakov Museum,
St. Petersburg, Russia
Deadline for submissions:
30 April 2016

P. Rohrbach, Musical Evening at Alexei Lvov Residence (The Brothers Vielhorski Quartet), 1840s, paper, lithography, St. Petersburg: The State Hermitage.

APPLY HERE https://ridim.org/application-form-ridim-2015-conference/

International Bilingual Conference, 7-9 September 2016

The musical salon is generally considered a social-cultural space, raising the need to examine a wide range of political, artistic, cultural and social issues. Accordingly it was, and still is, present in manifold areas of visual culture. While the social-cultural and musical facets of the salon have been treated with in-depth concerns for some time, broad and thorough evaluations of the visual manifestations of the musical salon still remain on the periphery of research, where they exist at all.

Manifestations of the musical salon in visual culture are not limited to nineteenth-century European music culture of course, although the typical musical genres often associated with this space, and as subsumed under the term salonmusik, emerged and grew popular in nineteenth-century Europe. In a broader sense, private musical spaces can be encountered prior to and after the nineteenth century and also outside of the geographical area of what is modern-day Europe. Likewise the visual manifestations of musical salons embrace a wide range of media, artistic genres and techniques and are to be viewed in private homes, museums, newspapers etc.

The target of this Conference is this broader scope, and we invite abstracts for individual 30-minute papers in either English or Russian related to a global perspective of salon culture embracing all cultures and times. Considering the broad topical and methodological range of the subject we also very much welcome proposals for themed panel sessions (comprising three individual papers) and for round table sessions (up to six people, each presenting a position paper, followed by a discussion).
The proposed topics include but are not limited to:
– case studies of specific visual representations of musical salons.
– techniques and strategies to represent musical salons and their activity.
– the impact of the musical salon on society and culture as transmitted through the visual.
– the visualisation of music within depictions of musical salons.
– the visualisation of performance and organology matters within visual musical salon scenes.
– the role of gender, race and class in the visualisation of the musical salon.
– music and corporeal experience within the private space (as represented in the iconography of the musical salon).
– the visualisation of the sociability of the musical salon.
– the visualisation of emotions of the musical salon.
– the imaginary of the musical salon.

Abstracts in English along with a short biography should be submitted via the automatised application form by 30 April 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by 1 May 2016.
APPLY HERE https://ridim.org/application-form-ridim-2015-conference/
Presentations may be delivered in English or Russian.

The programme committee consists of

Dr Lidia Ader, Senior Researcher, Rimsky-Korsakov Museum (Chair)
Prof Dr Antonio Baldassarre, President Association Répertoire International d’Iconographie Musicale
PD Dr. Dorothea Baumann, University of Zurich
Dr Zdravko Blažeković, Director Research Center for Music Iconography, City University of New York
Dr Nicoletta Guidobaldi, Chair IMS Study Group “Musical Iconography”
Alexei Kossykh, MA, Research Assistant, Collegium Organologicum Boreale