Julio Cortázar: a life in words and musical notes: a celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth

Julio Cortázar: a life in words and musical notes: a celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Friday, March 21, 2014

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Hopscotch cover.The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music and The Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures Department at California State University, Long Beach, with the sponsorship of the Consulate General and Promotion Center of the Argentine Republic are pleased to announce the International Symposium on the Fiction of Julio Cortázar to be held on Friday, March 21, 2014. At this symposium we will honor the centenary of the birth of the Argentinean author. Cortázar, like many authors of the period, was greatly influenced by the correspondence among the arts. His fiction reflected his knowledge and passion for music, film, photography, architecture, painting, sculpture, and other expressions of the human spirit. Of all these, it was music, and jazz in particular, that claimed his attention often and was to be his muse and constant presence in many of his most well-known fiction, such as the groundbreaking Hopscotch (1963).

In Cortázar's works his interest in music bleeds into the themes, the characters, and the places he creates. Music also influences the syntax and rhythms of his narrative in unexpected ways in search for a new language influenced by jazz improvisation. But does this influence go beyond jazz? Beyond the classical music he knows so well? Musicologists, composers, and literary critics will engage in a dialogue about one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century and his longstanding love affair with the relationship between music and words.

Call For Papers

We invite 500-word proposals in Spanish or in English. Abstracts on the following topics are particularly welcomed:

Abstracts on other themes related to Cortázar's life and works will be considered. Please specify technological requirements at the end of your proposal, and indicate which of the proposed theme-headings better suits your paper. Papers must have a maximum extension of 7 double-spaced pages to be read in 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes for Q&A, for a total time of 20 minutes. When you reach 13 minutes, your moderator will ask you to skip to your conclusions.

*Papers may be presented in English or Spanish, but can't be read in absentia.


Register Now.To attend the full day conference/concert: $85/$30 students with valid ID

This includes all papers sessions and concert. Breakfast, a boxed lunch and a light dinner will be offered, and they are included in the registration fee.

Please register on the Registration page.

Deadline For Submissions

*Spaces are limited. Please, submit your title and 500-word abstract electronically by Monday, December 2nd, 2013 to:


Claire Emilie Martin


Alicia Doyle

Call For Scores

We invite composers of any age or nationality to submit new musical works, which should connect with the works of Julio Cortázar, and be written specifically for this symposium. In order to encourage participation in the concert and symposium by students of the California State University system, preference will be given to current CSU students.

Works should refer to or be inspired by any writing by Cortázar (for instance, his poems, novels, short stories), or be formed in dialogue with the music with which Cortázar's writings connect most intimately. If the new work actually sets or otherwise uses a text by Cortázar, the composer must provide evidence of having secured copyright permission along with the composition.

Scores should be accompanied by a short bio, and a two-paragraph program note explaining which of Cortázar's work informs the composition, and in which ways. A panel consisting of CSULB composition faculty and a CSULB Composers' Guild member will determine the works to be featured on Friday, March 21st, 2014 at the Gerald Daniel Recital Hall. All selected works will be performed and recorded by members of the CSULB New Music Ensemble.

Medium: We will accept compositions for any combination from three to seven instruments drawn from the following ensemble:

Works with electronics will be considered. Specify technical requirements with your submission.


works should be at least 4 minutes in duration; preference will be given to works under 10 minutes. Limit one work per composer.


Composers whose works are accepted for performance will be required to attend the concert, and pre-register for at least the concert portion of the conference.

Register Now.Full day conference/concert: $85/$30 students with valid ID

Concert/reception only: $65/$25 students with valid ID

Concert tickets only: $15/10 for students with valid ID

Please register on the Registration page.

Deadlines For Submissions

Submit a PDF of your scores and optional (MIDI/live) recording by Monday December 2nd, 2013 to:


Adriana Verdié

Please do not submit parts or any other performance materials until your submission is approved. Once you are notified your score has been selected for performance, we will require that a bound 8.5" x 11", double-side score, and parts (with proper page turns) be received by Monday January 20th, 2014.