International Conference MODALITY IN MUSIC


Throughout the ages of the development of music, its language has been based on various modal systems. Even the tonal system, which dominated in the Western music of the 18th and 19th centuries, and is still an important component of contemporary pop music, materialized only as a result of the slow evolution of European modality. Still nowadays modality inspires composers to create their own systems or serves them as a style component. It also remains well-preserved in contemporary folklore and world music genres of various cultures, which testifies to its timelessness.

The aim of the Conference is to show diverse aspects of modality in different musical cultures, periods and styles, and to collect experiences in various fields of musical research on this topic. For this reason, it will mainly embrace the presence of modal scales in various types of repertoire: artistic and popular, professional and amateur, Western and non-Western.

The Programme Committee warmly encourages submissions within the following areas in particular, although other topics are also welcome:

  • Modal scales and their significance in European early music repertoire (Antiquity, Middle-Ages, Renaissance)
  • Presence of modal scales in the European Baroque, Classical and Romantic repertoire
  • “New modality” in the music of the 20th and 21th centuries
  • The role and place of modal scales in theoretical systems of various musical cultures
  • Modality in non-European cultures: professional repertoire, old and contemporary
  • Modal scales as symbols of identity in musical cultures of various ethnic groups
  • Between tradition and modernity – modality in contemporary folklore and world music
  • Modal scales in popular music genres
  • The role of modal repertoire (old and modern) in contemporary systems of musical education
  • Modality in historically informed and present-day performance practice (systems of intonation, musical expression)

Programme Committee
(Chair of Music Theory; The Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź):
Ryszard Daniel Golianek, Małgorzata Grajter, Marek Nahajowski, Arleta Nawrocka-Wysocka, Beata Stróżyńska

The official language of the conference is English. The papers selected are limited to twenty minutes in length. Abstracts of maximum 500 words and short biographies should be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The proposal should also include name, affiliation (if applicable), contact details (postal address, e-mail and telephone number), name and e-mail adress of an academic supervisor (in case of students and PhD students). The deadline for submitting proposals is September 30th, 2018. The final decision of the Committee on the selection of the papers will be made and announced no later than October 31st. Selected papers are supposed to be published in a post-conference volume.

Conference fee: 100 EUR (academic researchers), 50 EUR (PhD students). Graduate and postgraduate students are exempt of fees. The organizers do not cover travel expenses, accomodation and board. All speakers, whose papers are accepted for presentation, will receive all necessary information (including bank transfer details and list of suggested hotels and hostels) via e-mail.