Conference Schedule



8.30-9.15 Registration and Reception

9.30-10.00 Introduction – Maria Semi, Turin

Keynote Lecture:

“The Voice of the People, a Song, a Notable Phrase, a Rhyme, Managed to Survive”: The Birth of Musical Aesthetics and the End of Global History

Philip Bohlman, Chicago


11.00-11.30 Break

Free papers – Session I

Chair Maria Semi, Turin

11.30-12.30 National Aesthetics in Cosmopolitan Enlightenment

Mårten Nehrfors Hultén (Stockholm)


Arrangement as a Category in late XVIIIth Century German Musical Discourse: Work, Canon, and Commerce

Elena Pons Capdevila (London, Royal Holloway)



12.30-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.00 Keynote Lecture:

‘All in the mind’: Eighteenth-century opera and the idea of psychological depth

Suzanne Aspden, Oxford



Free papers – Session II

Chair Alberto Rizzuti, Turin

15.00-15.30 Rethinking the Aesthetics of Voice at the End of the “Century of Women”

Jessica Gabriel Peritz (Chicago)


15.30-16.00 Break

Opera in the Reformist Agenda of the Polish Enlightenment

Anna Parkitna (NY, Stony Brook)



Borrowing as Listening Inscription: Handel and the Pasticci in London

Carlo Lanfossi (University of Pennsylvania)



9.30-10.30 Keynote Lecture:

Vanessa Agnew, Duisburg






Free papers – Session III

Chair Pietro Kobau, Turin

11.00-12.30 Musical Immersion: a New Methodological Approach to Late Eighteenth-Century Aesthetics

Anne Holzmüller (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)


Reappraising the Role of Religion in the Musical Aesthetics of the Late Eighteenth Century

Olga Sánchez-Kisielewska (Northwestern University – University of Chicago)


When Imitation Became Nachahmung: Translation as Cultural Transfer in German Music Aesthetics of the XVIIIth Century

Benedikt Leßmann (Wien)


12.30-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.00 Keynote Lecture:

Hearing the Enlightenment: Musical Affects and Mechanical Philosophy in England and Scotland, 1663-1749

Tomas McAuley, Cambridge


Free papers – Session IV

Chair Paolo Gozza

15.00-15.30 Taste, Geschmack, Gusto, Goût: Shifting Connotations of Taste in Eighteenth-Century Musical Thought

Katherine Walker (Hobart and William Smith Colleges, NY)




16.00-17.00 Rameau Matérialiste?

Nathan John Martin (University of Michigan)


Aristotelianism, Platonism, and Empiricism in Giuseppe Tartini’s Correspondence

Giorgia Malagò (Padova)

17.00-18.00 Closing Keynote:

Castrato / Trans*: Thoughts from the 21st Century

Martha Feldman, Chicago