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International Scientific and Practical Forum “Petersburg School of Instrumentation: History, Traditions, Perspectives”

From November 29 to December 1, 2021, the International Scientific and Practical Forum “St. Petersburg School of Instrumental Science: History, Traditions, Prospects” will be held, organized on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the instrumental science sector of the Russian Institute for the History of Arts, which was re-created in 1991. Due to the restrictions imposed on holding events in St. Petersburg, the forum will be held via videoconference.

The creation of the Department of organology was carried out on the initiative of the outstanding domestic organologist Ihor Vladimirovich Macijewski, who this year celebrated his 80th birthday. This unit was not completely new: almost twenty years ago, there was a sector at the institute under this name, which was headed by Konstantin Aleksandrovich Vertkov. His collaborators, in addition to many important studies, created the Atlas of Musical Instruments of the Peoples of the USSR, published in two editions in 1963 and 1975. For the creation of this work, its authors — K. A. Vertkov, G. I. Blagodatov and E. E. Yazovitskaya — were awarded the State Prize of the RSFSR im. M. I. Glinka 1967. After the death of K. A. Vertkov in 1972, Georgy Ivanovich Blagodatov was in charge of the sector for about a year, but in 1973 the sector was closed, some of the employees formed a group of instrumental studies within the music sector (it included G. I. Blagodatov, S. Ya. Levin , then A. M. Mirek and a number of other collaborators). For many years the activities of the old sector of instrumental studies and the group of instrumental studies were closely connected with the collections of the Permanent Exhibition of Musical Instruments. After she was withdrawn from the institute in 1984 and transferred to the Museum of Theater and Musical Art, work on organological topics became almost impossible.

Another part of the staff and graduate students formed an instrumental group within the folklore sector. Since the mid-1970s, ethno-instrumental problems have become more active in it. I. V. Macijewski supervised the work of graduate students and applicants, among whom were R. F. Zelinsky, Yu. E. Boyko, S. Subanaliev, A. D. Vizintas, V. N. Sadykova (Yunusova), later — J. K. Rasultaev, S. N. Kibirova, N. A. Suprun, S. I. Utegalieva, P. Shegebaev, F. I. Chelebiev (Chelebi), A. A. Nurbaev, V. Yu. Suzukei, B. Kazgulov Therefore, it is no coincidence that the sector of instrumental science, revived in 1991, equally successfully combines two general directions: the study of instrumentation in the history of domestic and world musical culture and the traditional instrumental music of the peoples of Eurasia. [The history of the Department of organology is presented based on the data from the article: Nikanorov A. B. Topics of the main publications of the instrumental science sector for 20 years // Kononation: perspectives of musical art and the science of music. SPb., 2011. S. 82–83.]

The modern instrumental methodology formulated by Ihor Macijewski and developed by the sector for many years made it possible to raise the very concept of “musical organology” to a new level and significantly expand the range of research areas included in this area of ​​science. On the basis of the instrumentation sector, such research areas as liturgical musicology and the study of the auditory landscape (I. Chudinova), campanology (A. Nikanorov), light and sound instruments (O. Kolganova), research of the art of phonography and electronic instrumentation (M. Karpets), musical archeology (D. Bulatova, N. Alexandrova) and others.

Within the framework of the forum, discussion of the following issues is proposed:

Petersburg instrumentology: history, problems and prospects;

history of the Russian Institute for the History of Arts, Department of organology: research, personalities;

various aspects of the scientific and creative activities of the founder of the revived Department of organology I. V. Macijewski (to the 80th anniversary of the scientist);

works and research directions of the sector of instrumentation Russian Institute for the History of Arts;

questions of instrumental methodology.

It is planned to expand the topics of the forum at the expense of various aspects of instrumental problems.

Scientists, musicians, composers, graduate students and applicants are invited to participate in the forum. The publication of the collection of materials of the forum is planned after its completion.

Deadline for submission of materials: until November 15, 2021 – application: name, academic degree, academic title, place of work, position, e-mail, phone number, information about yourself, topic of the report (application form is attached).


Until February 1, 2022 — materials for publication (volume from 10,000 to 20,000 characters), full name (full), article title, abstract (from 700 to 1000 characters), keywords (10–15 words) are given in Russian and English. Footnotes and notes are placed after the body text.

A numbered list of references is drawn up at the end of the article in alphabetical order. References to literature are given through a colon in parentheses: the first number is the edition number in the list of references, the second is the page number. For example, [2: 68].

Applications and texts should be sent marked “Petersburg School of Instrumentation” by e-mail:

Organizing committee of the forum

The chairman of the organizing committee is Ihor Macijewski, D. Hab, professor, head. Department of organology, Russian Institute for the History, Academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and Moscow Aviation Institute, Honored Art Worker of Ukraine and Poland.

The composition of the organizing committee: D. A. Bulatova, PhD; A. B. Nikanorov, PhD; A. A. Timoshenko, PhD; O. V. Kolganova, PhD; I. A. Chudinova, PhD; M. I. Karpets, PhD; M. A. Sen; N. V. Aleksandrova.