Musical Networking in the 'Long' 19th Century

Musical Networking in the 'Long' 19th Century

Croatian Musicological Society; Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Department for the History of Croatian Music; Croatian Institute of History
The Library of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Vom - Bis
15.10.2020 - 17.10.2020
Ivana Horbec

A musician cannot prove him- or herself as an artist without an audience, without a performance space, without the support of a benefactor, without an instrument builder to create musical instruments – the musician’s performing tools, without a reviewer who would spread the musician’s fame. He or she could probably have not become an artist without a teacher, or music to be performed – either from memory, or from a manuscript or a print. All these persons and artefacts make part of the infrastructure that enables The Artist to realise his or her special gifts, and each of them is a part of or creates their own network.

As, for example, a musicological or a cultural project theme gathers people in a vertical network in order to achieve a common goal, a musician creates various horizontal networks in achieving their own goal, an event that would give the musician the opportunity to present his or her artistic qualities in public (concerts, theatre performances) or in private (salon).

A musical network analysis examines the structure of relationships between various components, not all of them being (always) directly connected to music. They might be individuals but also groups or institutions, even musical pieces or publications.

However, the aim of the conference is not to discuss the theory but to present case studies, whose variety gives a vivid picture of the social history of music of the (very) ‘long’ 19th century. Not only musicologists but also historians and sociologists dealing with music are welcome to contribute to that common goal.

Suggested themes include, but are not limited to:

The relationship between teacher(s) and pupil(s)
Musicians on tours
Theatre/opera companies and their networks
Composers and publishers/copyists
Musical salons
Music as a means/medium of representation (political, social, etc.)
Benefactors, Patrons and their (musical) circles
The establishment of musical institutions and their networks
Music collections and their creators
Researchers in music and their networks
Interaction and overlapping of musical networks
Forms of communication in musical networking (postal service, roads and railways)


Proposals (in the application form) containing the working title and abstract for a 20-minute paper, accompanied by a short biography of c. 200 words, in English, should be submitted by e-mail, to:

Croatian Musicological Society, Opatička 18, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia, at the e-mail address:
or to the Coordinator (Dr Vjera Katalinić):
The deadline is 1 March, 2020.

The list of accepted participants will be announced by 20 March, 2020.


The official language of the conference will be English.


Participants pay the fee of €70 or the equivalent value in local currency (520 HRK) by 1 September 2020. Doctoral students pay €40 (300 HRK).

The organizers will provide refreshments during the conference for all participants, as well as the initial reception and the farewell lunch.

Travel expenses to and from Zagreb and accommodation arrangements and expenses will be covered by all participants themselves.


The organizers are planning to publish the Proceedings of the conference with selected papers by the end of 2021.


If needed, please send all other correspondence and queries to the official address or to the email contact address listed on the website of the Croatian Musicological Society, as indicated above. Email queries may also be addressed to the coordinator Dr Vjera Katalinić, or directly to other members of the Organizing Committee.


Dr Vjera Katalinić, Croatian Musicological Society and Department for the History of Croatian Music of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts and Croatian Musicological Society (Coordinator)
Dr Ivana Horbec, Croatian Institute of History
Dr Katja Radoš Perković, Philosophical Faculty, University of Zagreb
Dr Stanislav Tuksar, Member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Sara Ries, Department for the History of Croatian Music of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (Secretary)



Ivana Horbec

Croatian Institute of History, Opatička 10, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia;