Conference 2016 Conference 2016

The lyric and the vocal element in instrumental music of the nineteenth century (16-18 September 2016)


The influence of vocal techniques on the instrumental music of the nineteenth century is widely accepted and emphasised. The aspects highlighted in discussions of this issue include similarities in the shaping of melodic lines, the adoption of modes of articulation (portamento) and thematic affinities between particular works.

Terms such as ‘vocality', ‘songfulness' and ‘lyricism' (indicating the character of Romantic compositions, often strongly subjective and focussed on the expression of inner experiences, in accordance with the properties of the lyric poem as a literary genre) are often used in relation to nineteenth-century music in a descriptive way, not referring to any actual features of a work.

It would appear, however, that all these categories are of real significance in instrumental music and that during the nineteenth century they became integral elements of a work, determining its form.

The aim of this conference is to examine whether - and if so, to what extent - the lyric and the vocal element in nineteenth-century instrumental music help to create form.



  • Sources of lyrical instrumental works

- the influence of vocal music in its various forms (common song, folk song, opera and related stage genres) on instrumental music

  • Settings of vocal music (quotation, variation, paraphrase, reminiscence)
  • The lyrical vocal works of the period and genres of instrumental music
  • Lyrical vocal works and the structure of instrumental music
  • Lyrical vocal and instrumental works from a social perspective (performance practice, significance in different centres, music making in the home)



  • KRZYSZTOF BILICA: Melos polski nad Dunajem [The Polish melos on the Danube]
  • MEGHAN CHAMBERLAIN: Operatic Homoeroticism in Chopin's "Nocturne in F major"
  • AGNIESZKA CHWIŁEK: „Der Melodie schenke ich jetzt grosse Sorgfalt". Ewolucja melodyki utworów I dekady twórczości Schumanna [The evolution of melodic writing in the works from the first decade of Schumann's oeuvre]
  • JEREMY COLEMAN: Melodic Flowers and the Mode of Production
  • SILVIA DEL ZOPPO: Italian echoes in Chopin's piano music
  • CHARRIS EFTHIMIOU: On the instrumentation of the lyric theme of Gretchen of F. Liszt´s "Faust symphony"
  • JEREMIUSZ GLENSK: Nieznane aranżacje Antoniego Radziwiłła i Fryderyka Chopina z 1830 r. [Unknown arrangements of Antoni Radziwiłł and Fryderyk Chopin from 1830]
  • ZBIGNIEW GRANAT: Chopin's Tones, Schubert's Words: The Secret Program of the A Minor Prelude
  • KENNETH HAMILTON: Vocality and Structural Generation in Chopin, Liszt and Alkan
  • STEPHAN LEWANDOWSKI: Fantasies or Caprices. Adolph Bernhard Marx' influence on the instrumental style of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
  • NIKITA MAMEDOV: Chopin's Études: An Analytical Look into Lyricism and Musical Characterization
  • WOJCIECH MARCHWICA: „Pieśnie z komedioopery Siedem razy jeden" L. Dmuszewskiego i J. Elsnera jako wzorcowy przykład popularyzacji komediooper w pierwszej połowie XIX wieku [Songs from the Comedy Opera Seven Times One by Dmuszewski/Elsner as a model example of the popularisation of comedy operas during the first half of the nineteenth century]
  • RISA MATSUO: Wpływ poezji polskiej na formę ballad Chopina [The influence of Polish poetry on the form of Chopin's ballades]
  • BRUNO MOYSAN: Liszt et Chopin à l'Opéra et aux Italiens. Qu'en est-il du théâtre? [Liszt and Chopin at the Théâtre-Italien... What about the theatre?]
  • WOJCIECH NOWIK: Chopinowska „Eroica" - Nokturn c-moll op.48 nr 1 [Chopin's ‘Eroica': the Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1]
  • MAGDALENA OLIFERKO: Hexameron - instrumentalny śpiew di bravura czyli muzyczne studium psychologii postaci [Hexaméron - an instrumental di bravura song, or a musical study of character psychology]
  • MICHAEL PECAK: "dire un morceau du musique": The Language Behind Chopin's Music
  • IRENA PONIATOWSKA: „Śpiewaj, gdy grasz" [‘Sing when you play']
  • DAVID ROWLAND: Piano sonority and melody c.1800-1835
  • KRISTEN STRANDBERG: The "Singing" Violinist as Artistic Genius in Nineteenth-Century France
  • LAURI SUURPӒӒ: From Quiet Lament to Raging Frustration: Vocal Topics in Chopin's Nocturne, Op. 48, No. 1
  • MIECZYSŁAW TOMASZEWSKI: Narodziny melodyki instrumentalnej z ducha pieśni [The birth of instrumental melody from the spirit of song]



  • dr hab. Zofia Chechlińska, The Fryderyk Chopin Institute
  • prof. dr hab. Irena Poniatowska, Institute of Musicology - University of Warsaw
  • dr Artur Szklener, The Fryderyk Chopin Institute
  • prof. dr hab. Mieczysław Tomaszewski, Academy of Music in Kraków



The conferences is planned from 16 to 18 September 2016.

Please submit proposed titles of papers and abstracts corresponding to the theme by 30 April 2016.

Abstracts, no more than 1800 characters in length, should contain the main hypothesis, information on the material analysed and the method employed, and also the research results.

The full programme of conferences will be presented by the organisers no later than 31 May 2016.

All those invited to participate in the conference will be obliged to submit full papers by 1 August 2016.



Conferences will be conducted in English and Polish.



The fee for participation in the conference is 50 euro [200 PLN], which should be paid into the account of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute between 31 May 2016 and 30 August 2016. The organiser will provide accommodation and meals during the conference, but will not refund travel expenses.





Please send any queries to Ewa Bogula:



Dom Pracy Twórczej w Radziejowicach near Warsaw

ul. Henryka Sienkiewicza 4

96-325 Radziejowice