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Popular Songs in the 19th Century

Date of the symposium:
30 novembre-2 décembre 2019


Colloque organisé du 30 novembre au 2 décembre 2019 au Complesso monumentale di San Micheletto (Lucques, Italie) par le Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini et le Palazzetto Bru Zane.

Tandis que des spectacles font actuellement revivre le répertoire populaire du XIXe siècle – et notamment celui du café-concert –, ce colloque international a pour objectif d’étudier cette musique en la considérant sur un temps long et à l’échelle du continent européen.

Comité scientifique : Roberto Illiano, Étienne Jardin, Fulvia Morabito, Michela Niccolai, Massimiliano Sala.

Publication liée
Popular Song in the 19th Century, sous la direction de Derek B. Scott, Turnhout : Brepols, 2022.



Derek B. Scott – The New Popular Songs of the Nineteenth Century

Michela Niccolai – Montmartre en chansons. Salles, répertoires et interprètes entre café-concert et cabaret (1860-1914 environ)

Central Europe and Spain

David Robb – The Truly Popular Protest Songs of the German 1848 Revolution

Tobias Fasshauer – «Wenn das Banjo zittert»: Americanism in Popular Songs of the Wilhelmine Era

Viktor Velek – Master Jan Hus and Hussitism as the Subject of Czech Social Songs in the 19th Century

Anja Bunzel – Popular Song in the (Semi-)Private Domain? Considering the Nineteenth-Century Salon within the Context of Popular Culture

María Encina Cortizo et Ramón Sobrino – The Repertoire of ‘Popular Song’ in the Spanish Nineteenth Century: A Round Trip beyond the Popular Music in Urban Spaces


Eva-Maria de Oliveira Pinto – Popular Songs in the Ecclesiastical Context: Discoveries in European and North American Organ Music of the 19th Century

Maria Birbili – French Revolutionary Songs and their Politicized Proliferation around Europe from the early 19th to the early 20th Century

Ewelina Czarnowska – Commercial Music in Warsaw Coffeehouses between Two Uprisings

Chloe Valenti – Between Opera and Popular Song: British ‘Va, pensiero’ Reprints in the Mid Nineteenth Century

United States

Wojciech Bernatowicz – «He’s Gone to Be a Soldier in the Army of the Lord»: Politics in the Antebellum American Popular Song

Paolo Somigli et Luigi Conidi (in collaboration with ICAMus The International Center for American Music) – Metamorphoses and Permanence: The Music of Stephen Collins Foster in the History of American Popular Song

Candace Bailey – Definition and Dissemination of Popular Song in the Southern United States

Between Genres and Contexts

Henrike Rost – «La Biondina in Gondoletta»: The Transnational Success Story of a Popular Gondola Song

Jan Dewilde – «I Know a Song»: The Popular Song in 19th-Century Flanders

Catarina Braga – The Portuguese Chansonnette at the End of the Nineteenth Century: The New Popular Song or a Mini-Comic Scene?

Pénélope Patrix – Le fado et le tango au XIXe siècle : poétiques ‘canailles’ et imaginaires des origines

Emily Shyr – The Prince of Song Revisits the Erl-King: The Role of Popular Song in Schubert’s Impromptu No. 1 in C Minor, D. 899

Mark McFarland – Debussy the Patriot?

Beatriz Pomés Jiménez – Pablo Sarasate’s Spanish Dances: A Contextual Study

Cultural and Social Issues

Bernardo Illari – Popular Music as Nation Building: Tertulia Songs in Buenos Aires, 1810-1840

Jörg Holzmann – ‘Marlbrough s’en va-t-en guerre’: A Former Soldiers Song, Spreading over Europe and the Americas, Changes its Applications. From Toast and Children’s Song to a Fraternity Ceremony, from England to Mexico and Sweden

Mirella Di Vita – Pesnja e Romans: le forme della lirica vocale russa agli inizi del XIX secolo

Islands and Transatlantic Routes

Áine Mulvey – Dialect Verse and Songwriting during the Irish Cultural Revival (1891-1922)

Flávia Camargo Toni – The Twenty Modinhas for Voice and Piano by Sigismund Neukomm and Joaquim Manoel da Câmara Cruz: A ‘Transatlantic’ Partnership

Henry Stoll – Postcolonial Contrafacta and the Songs of Haitian Independence


Scientific publications