Call for papers
Nineteenth-Century Music Review themed issue on The Musical Sublime in the Nineteenth Century
Deadline for proposals, October 1, 2020

We invite proposals for articles for a special themed issue of Nineteenth-Century Music Review on the topic of The Musical Sublime in the Nineteenth Century.

This issue will explore the relationship between sublime aesthetics, in its various formulations throughout the long nineteenth century, and the lives and works of significant composers. An introductory essay will introduce the conceptual history of music and the sublime up to the nineteenth century. This will be followed by commissioned articles by scholars able to make conceptual and contextual connections between particular composers, musical works, musical genres, etc. with the diverse concepts associated with the sublime in the nineteenth century.

This special issue seeks to open up new ways of understanding the relationship of sublime aesthetics with the composers and musical culture of the nineteenth century. It aims to explore the sublime with regard to musical and biographical particulars, with attention to: (1) musical biography, (2) musical representation, (3) historical accounts of music composition and performance, and (4) reception history.

Please see the full call for papers at

Proposals of up to 300 words for articles of 8,000–12,000 words (exclusive of footnotes) should be submitted to the Guest Editor, Dr. Joshua Waggener (jwaggener -at- by October 1, 2020. The Guest Editor will be in touch about the abstracts by January.

More information about Nineteenth-Century Music Review is available at

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