Music as Cultural Heritage and Novelty

May 11th-15th

AMGD Hall 11, Hall 44, Herman Hall, Concert Studio

The International Congress on Musical Signification (ICMS) is a biennial conference on recent developments and future trends in Musical Semiotics. It is one of the major platforms and achievements of the project of Musical Signification, launched in Paris in 1984, and subsequently directed for over 30 years by Eero Tarasti.

Following the XIIIth ICMS in Canterbury, the XIVth International Congress will be held in the lively city of Cluj-Napoca, the heart of the historic region of Transylvania. It will be organised and hosted by The Academy of Music “Gheorghe Dima”, during the International Festival “Sigismund Toduţă”, and under the auspices of the International Association for Semiotic Studies (IASS), the International Semiotics Institute (ISI) and the Academy of Cultural Heritages.

Special attention will be paid to the following topics:

  • Topics and narrative strategies in music
  • Musical heritage in the age of digitalization and media
  • Semiotic theories and analyses of music
  • National and Local Composers in the Integration of the European Societies in the 20th and 21st Century
  • Popular music studies as the avant-garde of music analysis
    • The integration of the sounds of music into the study of culture and society
    • The reformation of music theory and musicology with the purpose of the adequate designation of as wide a variety as possible of musical sounds

Conference Directors:



Keynote speakers:

EERO TARASTI, University of Helsinki

MÁRTA GRABÓCZ, University of Strasbourg

NICHOLAS McKAY, Canterbury Christ Church University

DARIO MARTINELLI, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University

DAN DEDIU, National University of Music Bucharest

GABRIEL BEBEŞELEA, Principal Conductor of „Transilvania” State Philharmonic Orchestra

Honorary Committee:

Byron Almén, Mario Vieira de Carvalho, Paulo Chagas, William Dougherty, Christine Esclapez, Julius Fujak, Márta Grabócz, Anna Granat-Janki, Joan Grimalt, Robert S. Hatten, Jean-Marie Jacono, Kai Lassfolk, François-Bernard Mache, Constantino Maeder, Dario Martinelli, Nicholas Mckay, Costin Miereanu, Ricardo Nogueira de Castro Monteiro, Joha Ojala, Mark Reybrouck, Lewis Rowell, Paulo de Tarso Salles, Anthony Seeger, Esti Sheinberg, Gino Stefani, Philipp Tagg, Lasse Thoresen, Mieczyslaw Tomaszewski, Heloïsa de Duarte Valente

Scientific Committee

Eero Tarasti, Márta Grabócz, Gabriel Banciu, Ecaterina Banciu, Valentina Sandu-Dediu, Antigona Rădulescu, Oana Andreica

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