Theme 1 : Extrinsic issues, intrinsic challenges: what is the future for music analysis?
The 9th European Music Analysis Conference (EuroMAC 9) will be focusing particular attention on the issues and challenges facing music analysis that impact on it both externally and intrinsically, and which have a considerable bearing on its future. The ‘Music Analysis Today’ conference held in Strasbourg in 2009 and the edited volume of the same title (Delatour France, 2015) that arose out of it highlighted the depth, diversity and even at times the disparity of work and approaches in this field. Music analysis has a long tradition that goes back to the end of the 19th century. Nevertheless, that tradition has not been immune to the intellectual currents that have irrigated its development since its inception: the structuralism expounded in the second half of the 20th century and schools of thought such as the New Musicology of the 1980s and ‘90s being two cases in point. However, music analysis is today confronted with intellectual and political paradigm shifts linked to globalisation, the domination of economic models, and profound changes in social structures. Music analysis today finds itself inextricably meshed with contemporary issues that both transcend and threaten it. Given such a context, how are we to envisage and develop the future of music analysis?
Consideration of these issues will be addressed via a twofold call for papers.