Dr Paul Watt attends musicology conference in Brno, Czech Republic

Monash musicologist, Dr Paul Watt, has just returned from presenting a paper at the 51st International Musicological Colloquium at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.

The conference theme was ‘Musica artifiosa: Music as an art and profession’. Presenters spoke on a range of subjects from the eighteenth century to the present: dramaturgy, composing and performance practices and the music industry past and present. In addition to Czech scholars, presenters came from Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, the UK and USA.

Dr Watt’s paper, ‘Music criticism in nineteenth-century England: How did it become a profession?’ examined the social, economic and intellectual factors that led to the establishment of music criticism as a profession, focusing on England.

This research is funded by the Australian Research Council and the topic of Dr Watt’s forthcoming book, The Regulation and Reform of Music Criticism in Nineteenth-Century England, which will be published in the Royal Musical Association Monograph series, Routledge, in 2017.