Luca Montebugnoli: Rewriting for the salon

Doctoral Project

Luca Montebugnoli, PhD in the Arts

At the beginning of nineteenth century the art of arrangement lives his Golden Age: at a time which does not yet have the technical means of sound reproduction, the publication of transcriptions of symphonies, concertos and operas makes it possible to hear or to evoke in the salon music that was intended for public concerts or theatres. The rediscovery of this practice is the main goal of this research project. Through the analysis and the musical practice of the scores, the ambition is not only the historical and aesthetic comprehension of the phenomenon, but also the reconstruction and the experimentation of a savoir-faire, that of the arrangement, which was peculiar to musicians of the time and that modernity has gradually forgotten. The Parisian musical life of the first half of the nineteenth century will be the historical framework of the research, because of the centrality that the French capital acquires during this period.


  • Dr. Tom Beghin (supervisor, KU Leuven/LUCA)
  • Dr. Carl Van Eyndhoven (co-supervisor, KU Leuven/LUCA)

Research unit: Music & Drama

Duration: 2018 - 2022