“We must enter into a dialogue if our discipline is to continue to renew itself. It is not by chance that nearly all the major developments in theory and analysis since the Second World War have come from the USA […]: Europe as a whole needs now to wrest back the initiative by engaging with American theory in its own terms. Otherwise, […] we run the risk either of stubborn cultural isolationism or of death by stagnation under the continuing colonisation of our discipline by the American theory industry.”
Jonathan Cross, “Spleen et Idéal: Montpellier 1995″, Newsletter of the SMA, 8 (May 1995), 17.
The European Societies for Theory and/or Analysis of Music decided during EuroMAC 9 in Strasbourg in July 2017 to form a European Network. This project came true during a meeting on 24 May 2018 in Zagreb.
The Network was created by the following societies (in alphabetic order): GATM, Gruppo Analisi e Teoria Musicale; GMTh, Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie; HDGT, Hrvatsko društvo glazbenih teoretičara; OTM, Общество Теории Музыки; PTAM, Polskie Towarzystwo Analizy Muzycznej; SBAM, Société belge d’analyse musicale; SFAM, Société française d’Analyse musicale; SMA, Society for Music Analysis; VvM, Vereniging voor Muziektheorie. They were joined on 22 November 2018 by the ATAM, Associació de Teoria i Anàlisi Musicals.
The SDMT, Српско друштво за музичку теорију, Srpsko društvo za muzičku teoriju (Serbian Society for Music Theory) was created in Belgrade on 12 September 2019. The SPIM–Team, Grupo de trabalho em Teoria, Análise e Estética da Música was created in November 2019 as a research/work group within the Portuguese Sociedade de Investigação em Música. We are glad to count them among our members.
The aim of this website is to create a space for collective projects in Europe concerning music theory and music analysis. Everyone involved with music theory or music analysis research in Europe is welcome to participate: send your comments and suggestions to