Medieval Musicology at IMML 2020
Performance Practice and Sound Production at the Core of Medieval Music Research
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)

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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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