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Call for papers

“Music as play – The toy piano takes the stage”, a two day festival with concerts and conference, is announcing a call for papers.


While toy instruments have been included in classical music since the early 1770s, it is the toy piano which has made a major move onto the stage in the second half of the twentieth century, thanks to John Cage. In doing so, the toy piano has taken on a life independent of the nursery, with dedicated performers in several countries commissioning new works, and composers increasingly being drawn to write for the instrument. The sound qualities of the toy piano have unique acoustical properties, the narrow range of the keyboard offers a restricted yet entirely adequate palette of sounds, and the physicality of seating an adult at the small instrument poses challenges.

MasP invites researchers to submit proposals on these topics and more, focused on increasing the knowledge and practice of the toy piano.


  • Proposals in the form of an abstract of not more than 300 words are invited for spoken papers of 20 minutes, followed by 5 minutes for Q&A. 

  • The text of the abstract should be submitted in English only.

  • Submit abstract along with a short biography (maximum 50 words) to MasP Festival: 

  • Please title the e-mail “MasP Festival conference - Name and Surname”.

  • There is no fee to submit an abstract.

Guidelines for presenters

  • The conference language will be English.

  • Presentations in Italian and French are welcome, however please put most of the contents in English on your PowerPoint presentation slides, to assure better understanding. 


  • Selected presenters will be required to confirm participation by 28th February 2019 by booking for the conference. 

  • Registration fee: 30 Euros (non-refundable). There are no additional fees for composers who have paid for score/s submission and wish to submit a paper as well.


The payment is to be sent through Bank Transfer.


Associazione Carducci
Address of beneficiary:

viale Cavallotti 7, Como 22100, Italy
Bank account details:

Credito Valtellinese - Via Sant’Elia, Como


IT 55 I 0521610900000000003996

Account number: 3996

As description of payment please indicate “Music as Play Conference"​

​Payment should be made in Euro.

Please send the payment proof as PDF file to:

The festival will be held thanks to the Associazione Carducci in Como, which is an entirely non-profit organization; application fees will be used only to cover organization expenses. MasP is not able to offer travel, accommodation or related costs.


Important dates

  • Closing date for abstract submission: 9th January, Wednesday, 2019

  • Notification of abstract acceptance: 18th February, Monday, 2019

  • Registration to the conference (authors): by 28th February, Thursday, 2019

Travel and accommodation information

Please, visit the official website of the City of Como

For any further information, please email: 

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