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Picasso and Musical Modernity (c.1900 - 1940)

15th Symposium FIMTE

Parador de Mojácar, Almeria, Andalusia, Spain – University of Melbourne, Australia

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Pablo Picasso's death, FIMTE is holding its 15th international symposium jointly with the University of Melbourne (12-14 October 2023 at the Parador of Mojácar, Almería, Andalusia, and 13-14 October 2023 at the University of Melbourne) as part of the 24th International Festival of Spanish Keyboard Music. The festival will feature concerts, expert lectures, and workshops.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was a witness and frontline actor of the music currents developing in Barcelona, Paris, and other sites prior to World War II. This symposium will explore the mutual influences between the Visual arts (particularly in the orbit of Picasso) and Music, and how aspects of musical modernity emerged through the negotiation of different cultural, technical and stylistic parameters.

Specific themes include, but are not restricted to:

·       Picasso’s instrumentarium

·       Picasso’s music circle

·       Musical entertainment genres and the visual arts

·       Revivals and representations of the guitar

·       Early Music Revivals and nouveau classicisme: keyboard instruments

·       Musical approximations of primitivism, cubism, nouveau classicisme and art deco

Keynote Speakers:

·       Walter Aaron Clark (Distinguished Professor of Musicology, University of California, Riverside)

·       Ruth Piquer Sanclemente (Lecturer in Musicology, Universidad Complutense, Madrid)

·       Caroline Potter (Visiting Reader in French Music, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire)

Official languages: English and Spanish. Papers from the symposium will be considered for publication in a volume on Picasso and Musical Modernity.

We welcome 200-250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers, as well as proposals for lecture-concerts (30-minutes) and concerts (one hour). Abstracts should be signed at the bottom with the author’s name, institutional affiliation or city of residence and full return address, including e-mail address.

To facilitate maximum participation, the format of the symposium will be hybrid, that is, both in person and online.

Deadline for abstracts: 17 April 2023

Presenters will be notified of participation in the symposium by 1 May 2023. Please advise us if earlier notification is required.

Program Committee: Luisa Morales, Michael Christoforidis


12 Oct 2023 @ 10:00 am

13 Oct 2023 @ 09:00 pm

Duration: 1 days, 11 hours


Parador Mojácar, Almería

Avenida del Mediterráneo





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