Conference 2018 Conference 2018

International Chopinological Conference 2018:  ‘The integration of a work: from miniature to large scale'

The aim of the 2018 conference is to examine the ways in which works of instrumental music were integrated during the first half of the nineteenth century. Analysing the methods and factors integrating a musical work during the early Romantic era, from miniature pieces to large-scale works, is a crucial way of identifying composition technique, and consequently of defining composers' individual styles and the style of the epoch.

Proposed thematic areas:

I Genres

  1. Genre as a way of shaping the music
  2. Genre as a method of social communication: the relationship between audience and artist, the impact of reception on decisions concerning genre, form and the shaping of musical elements
  3. Blurring the boundaries between genres - standard or innovative composition techniques
  • popular elements in post-Classical genres
  • the influence of dance forms on non-dance genres
  • the merging of features from different genres in cyclic and non-cyclic forms
  • the Romantics and their forerunners - the distinctiveness of Romantic composers

II Form and structure

  1. The influence of the miniature on the shaping of musical form -incl. sonata form, other large forms, cyclic forms
  2. The musical work as an opus. Methods of integration
  3.  Structuralizing musical works
  • symmetry  vs linear thinking in musical structure
  • the use of standard and non-standard forms in genres
  • building tension and climaxes in a musical work

III Culture and communication

Aspects of pedagogy and its impact on composers' creative attitudes

  • how teaching methods influenced compositional processes (e.g. Chopin and Mendelssohn vs Berlioz and Liszt), how musical training influenced musical material
  • the evolution of pedagogy in nineteenth-century Europe: from individual relations to conservatory classes

IV Elements of reception

Analytical traditions - analytical methods compared (concluding with a round table discussion)



The conference is planned for 26-28 September 2018.

Please submit proposed titles of papers and abstracts by 31 January 2018 to the fallowing e-mail:

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

The Academic Committee will choose the papers no later than in April 2018. All those invited to participate in the conference will be obliged to submit full papers by 1 August 2016; the papers will be made available to all participants (and no one else) before the conference itself.


Conference Venue

The Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Science, Długa 26, Warsaw


Conference languages
The conference 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 (PL71 1130 1017 0020 1462 3620 0008 BIC/SWIFT: GOSKPLPW) between 31 March 2018 and 30 August 2018. The organiser will provide accommodation and meals during the conference, but will not refund travel expenses.


Conference proceedings
Material selected by the organisers will be published. Participation in the conference is taken to signify participants' permission for their papers to be published. Submitted and presented papers may be edited and revised by their authors for the purposes of publication.


Academic Committee

Prof. Jim Samson, Royal Holloway, University of London

Prof. Zofia Chechlińska, The Fryderyk Chopin Institute

Dr Artur Szklener, The Fryderyk Chopin Institute



Please send any queries to Ewa Bogula: