“New Tendencies in Music”

Tendency is a multi-featured concept, which includes various eras, values and philosophies, making it a supra-conceptual fact. Tendency, an inevitable aspect of human life is all around us; from contemporary to traditional, from the past to today and then the future, from secular to ritualistic, from ordinary to ideological, from old to new or even from old to older, in technology, sociology, health, politics, economy, law, education, engineering… Briefly, the fact of tendency manifests itself in all aspects of life and inevitably science, arts and music.

According to Johansson*, tendency is possible if only the character of intentionality manifests itself in humans. Brentano**, on the other hand, states that tendency begins in the mind and ends in behavior. This behavior can be identified as the attitude towards the problems that one faces in the search for the new and a search for solutions. Therefore, tendency can be explained as the movement of one who has a problem, a trouble, a distress towards an attitude, a stand and a search for resolve. Just like it is in music…

Music history, which has never been stable, is full of music, trends and eras that are aimed towards the new with reactions to the past. These tendencies have never happened in short periods. Roccoco which has emerged with a reaction to Baroque, Atonality, which stands opposite to the usual musical patterns and the harmonic basis of tonality, stage performances which have evolved from acoustic to digital etc. can all be thought of as long lasting results of new tendencies in music.

Is a new tendency in music is really a reaction to towards the past or an ordinary result emerging from the natural flow of life? Is there a new tendency in everything with music in its essence or are all these tendencies, which are considered new, ordinary fragments of a whole? Is there really need for a tendency towards something new in today’s world? The theme of the 11th Hisarlı Ahmet Music Symposium is “New Tendencies in Music”, again and always focusing on human and society we are searching for answers to questions such as the above.


We are honored to invite you to the International Hisarlı Ahmet Music Symposium which has become traditional for both Kütahya and the world of science and arts. We expect your studies both point out new tendencies in the field of music and the subjects based on around subheadings below:


* Johansson, Ingvar (1992), “Intentionality and Tendency: How to Make Aristotle Up-to-Date”, In Language, Truth and Ontology, edited by K. Mulligan, 180-192. Dordrecht: Kluwer
** Brentano, F. (1973), Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint, New York: Humanities Press (Published originally in German, 1874)



  • New Tendencies in Music Researches
  • New Tendencies in Music Technology
  • New Tendencies in Music Education
  • New Tendencies in Music Theory
  • New Tendencies in Music Creating And Composing
  • New Tendencies in Music Performances
  • New Music
  • Changing and Music Industry
  • Changing and Evolution of Music
  • Local and Global Dynamics in Music
  • Social Change and Music
  • Contemporaneity in Music
  • New Approaches in Musicology