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Call for Contributions Deadline for the 6th International Romantic Brass Symposium
Friday, September 30, 2022
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September 30, 2022 - Call for Contributions Deadline for the 6th International Romantic Brass Symposium, with the topic of Romantic Brass in Context. Hosted by The Historic Brass Society jointly with the Hochschule der Kunste Bern, all events will be held at the.Hochschule der Kunste Bern in Bern, Switzerland on April 20-22, 2023.

The well-established Romantic Brass Symposia in Bern presents current research on brass instruments, concentrating on music of the long 19th century (1789–1914). After conferences on the keyed trumpet and the ophicleide, French horns, the materiality of brass instruments, the saxhorn, the conservation of historical brass instruments, and the trombone and acoustics, this sixth edition is open to all brass-related topics, highlighting the interaction of brass instruments with their musical contexts. It is held in collaboration with the Historic Brass Society. Keynote addresses will be given by Sandy Coffin, Ignace De Keyser, Trevor Herbert, Sabine Klaus, Arnold Myers, and Anneke Scott.

We call for papers, lecture-recitals, and concerts with spoken commentary on all topics of brass instruments of the long 19th century, including historically informed performance, style, repertoire, history, and instruments. We expect that presentations will be given live and in person. The official language for the conference is English.

Papers and lecture-recitals should be no longer than 20 minutes (followed by 10 minutes for discussion); shorter presentations (10’ + 5’ discussion) are equally welcome. Concerts should not exceed 45 minutes. (Details of keyboard instruments will be available on the website).

Please mail submissions to [email protected] by 30 September. Proposals should be in English (c. 400 words), describing the topic and including the following:

* Abstract (background, research questions, aims, and significance)

* Name, postal and email addresses, and institutional affiliation of proposed presenter

* Type of submission (short paper, long paper, lecture recital, concert). 

Confirmation of accepted papers will be announced by 1 December. The scientific committee is composed of Sandy Coffin (HBS head of events committee), Anneke Scott (HBS board of directors), Martin Skamletz (HKB head of Institute Interpretation), and Adrian v. Steiger (HKB Institute Interpretation, HBS board of directors).

All presenters must register for the conference. 

The symposium website is All information on the program, fees, and accommodation will be published there.

Location  Hochschule der Kunste Bern, Bern, Switzerland

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