*Call for Papers*

*Shakespeare and Music: New Interdisciplinary Perspectives*

10–11 December 2020, Online Conference hosted by Universities of Manchester
and Huddersfield and Shakespeare and Music Study Group

Extended deadline for proposals: 30 September 2020.

‘When were you wont to be so full of songs, sirrah?’ (King Lear, I/4)

We are delighted to announce the inaugural conference of the ‘Shakespeare
and Music’ Study Group. The Conference will be conducted online and hosted
on Thursday 10 December 2020 by the University of Manchester and on Friday
11 December by the University of Huddersfield. In view of the change of
format to online only, we have extended the deadline particularly in order
to encourage proposals from outside the UK.

The ‘Shakespeare and Music’ group was founded in affiliation with the Royal
Musical Association to provide a distinct forum for researchers and
practitioners across disciplines and cultures. In line with the mission of
the group, the conference aims to promote and foster research,
collaboration and exchange of ideas in two complementary aspects: music in
Shakespeare’s time, including various aspects of music in Shakespeare’s
works; and music inspired by Shakespeare’s works, whether composed to
Shakespearean themes or directly for Shakespeare plays.

In lieu of a keynote address, the conference will feature a world premiere
performance of John Casken’s *The Shackled King*, a dramatic cantata to the
composer’s own libretto derived from Shakespeare’s *King Lear*, with Sir
John Tomlinson CBE in the title role and Rozanna Madylus (mezzo-soprano) as
Cordelia, Goneril, Regan and The Fool. The concert will be filmed and
(live-)streamed to delegates.

Apart from at least one confirmed session on ‘Shakespeare, Music and
Gender’, other possible threads for papers (20 minutes), lecture-recitals
(30 minutes) and composition/ sound installation presentations (30 minutes)
include but are not limited to:

   - Music imagery and imagination in Shakespeare
   - Original melodies for Shakespeare songs and their afterlives
   - Shakespeare and opera
   - Incidental music for Shakespeare productions past and present
   - Analysis and contextualising of individual Shakespeare-inspired works
   - Setting Shakespeare’s words to music
   - Shakespeare in instrumental music
   - Shakespeare and film music
   - The role of Shakespeare in the musical imagination and creative output
   of composers
   - Shakespeare and musical nationalism
   - Shakespeare in non-classical music (jazz, musicals, pop)
   - Performing Shakespeare’s music
   - The afterlife of Shakespeare-inspired music

Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words accompanied by a short
(150-word) biographical note to Michelle Assay m.assay -at- and
David Fanning David.fanning -at- by 30 September 2020.

Generously supported by The RMA and Society for Renaissance Studies

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