Medieval Musicology at IMML 2020
Performance Practice and Sound Production at the Core of Medieval Music
June 29 – July 1, 2020
International Medieval Meeting, University of Lleida (Catalonia, Spain)

Call for Papers

The study of medieval music has a long and established tradition in the
field of musicology. Most of the work conducted through the years focuses
on the analysis of manuscripts, repertoires, genres, poetic and musical
forms, and composers. Yet, performance practice and sound production are
still insufficiently studied at large and even seen with some apprehension.
This seems rather incongruous since medieval music was above all conceived
as an experience for the ear. Thus, performance and sound should
undoubtedly be placed at the center of medieval music research since its
own foundation and essence are directly connected to them. Since
information about these subjects is fragmentary at best, researchers resort
to new interdisciplinary methods that combine traditional positivist
musicology with music semiology, musical iconography, performance theories,
empirical musicology, musical and experimental archeology, ethnoarcheology,
acoustics, and the study of surviving musical instruments.

Medieval music performance and the reconstruction of sound are the subjects
of the Medieval Musicology strand of the International Medieval Meeting
Lleida 2020. Potential topic areas might include, but are not limited to:

• Notation and performance
• Performance context and space
• Sound production in sacred and secular spaces
• Usage of musical instruments
• Musical instruments and their playing techniques
• Musical instruments and sound production
• Audience participation
• Music and sound perception in medieval theory and practice
• Iconography and performance
• Experimental archeology, ethnoarcheology, and performance
• Voice production and song performance
• Gesticulation, rhetoric, and music delivery

Keynote speaker: Elizabeth Eva Leach (University of Oxford)

Conference web site: 

Submissions should consist of a title, abstract (250 words) for a 20-minute
paper (in English, Spanish, or Catalan), and a current CV.
Please send submissions to:
Màrius Bernadó (marius.bernado -at-
Mauricio Molina (maurus4 -at-

Submission deadline: 29 March 2020


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