The journal Estudios bandísticos: órgano científico de la Asociación Nacional de Directores de Banda has released a Call for articles for the 2020 issue with a thematic dossier.

Towards the Integration of the Symphonic Repertoire. Musical Analysis Applied to the Research on Wind Bands

Deadline June 30th, 2020


One of the most important challenges that current Spanish musicology must face is the integration into its studies, in a coherent and balanced way, of musical analysis. However, we must avoid implementing it as a complex theoretical exercise, which tends to remain empty of content if it focuses on a mere description of the musical object. On the contrary, we have to understand it as a functional tool that allows us to study the scores according to the context in which they were created. Hence, the necessity of elaborating new methodological proposals that seek a constant balance between cultural history and music theory emerges with a clear aim: to understand the technical characteristics of the different repertoires, but without neglecting their relationship with the context and considering the different communication processes that are established between composers and the audiences.

Since wind bands are considered a first-rate agent of social cohesion, they cannot be relegated of these approaches if we want them to be integrated into the general musicological discourses. Therefore, the present dossier on musical analysis applied to the research on wind bands aims to be the first contact with a field that is going to be explore in depth within a close future. Yet, it starts here with a double objective: first, to achieve more visibility and the consolidation of the band repertoire, in which, of course, new compositions must be included; and, second, to move towards an integration of the symphonic repertoire that put aside the pejorative hierarchization that the classic band-orchestra dichotomy usually supposes.

Consequently, we propose the following topics, without that meaning the possibility of taking into account other ones not included in the list:

    • Structural analysis and strategies of composition
    • Hermeneutic analysis and musical semiotics
    • Topic theory
    • Interpretative analysis and performative studies
    • Analysis of the meanings and the emotions
    • Historically informed musical analysis
    • Transversal analytic approaches
    • Integration of the analysis in the cultural circuits


David Ferreiro Carballo

Universidad Complutense de Madrid