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"Musical and Cultural Osmoses in the Balkans"


The National University of Music Bucharest in collaboration with the IMS Regional Association for the Study of Music of the Balkans announce an International Musicological Conference on the subject Musical and Cultural Osmoses in the Balkans. The conference will take place at the National University of Music Bucharest, on 2–6 September, 2019.

The purpose of the International Musicological Conference is to promote interaction, research, discussion and intercultural dialogue among musicologists, ethnomusicologists, researchers and students from Romania, the Balkans and other countries with an interest on the different local musical traditions in South-East Europe and their interactions to the Mediterranean and broader region



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The Syriac Musical Tradition: An Eastern Heritage

Exchanges and influences

17–21 March 2021

This conference aims at being an opportunity for exchange and discussion among 18 specialists of the Syriac Musical Tradition or specialists of its influences and exchanges with other traditions. The intention is to review the existing status of works and to revitalize the current research about it. The conference is public and largely open to representatives of the Syriac communities, to HEM and partner Universities students, and to any interested person. Presentations given during the conference will be published. Several concerts are offered to illustrate the conference.

The topics to be discussed develop four streams of analysis:

1. Sources and development of Syriac Music
2. Characteristics: Syriac octoechos, modes, tetrachords, composition principles of Syriac melodies
3. Exchanges and influences between traditions
4. Preservation and heritage status



Conference sessions will be held on Thursday 18 March 2021, Friday 19 and Saturday 20,

12:00–15:00 (GMT+1).

Registration is free of charge.


Contact the Organizing Committee.

Organizing Institutions and Partners

Haute école de musique de Genève

The Laus Plena Foundation

Syriac Music Institute

Christian Musicological Society of India

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