Conference: Eastern European Emigrants and the Internationalisation of 20th-Century Music Concepts

The conference „Eastern European Emigrants and the Internationalisation of 20th-Century Music Concepts“ will take place at the Institute of Musicology, Leipzig University from January 29-31, 2020.

The history of music in the 20th Century is particularly characterized by the global transfer and exchange of artistic concepts, models and techniques. An important catalyst for these processes of cultural transfer was the phenomenon of emigration (often politically caused, involuntary emigration of artists persecuted by totalitarian regimes). The global spread of Arnold Schönberg’s compositional method of dodecaphony or of Heinrich Schenker’s new system of analysis were mainly a result of the emigration of these musicians and/or their disciples to the USA in the 1930s.

Many musicians and scholars from Eastern Europe also emigrated to other (mainly Western) countries, beginning with and even before the Russian October Revolution and again during and after Second World War. These émigrés also brought their artistic and cultural heritage to their temporary or long- term hosts. As a result, their music concepts interacted with local traditions and thus contributed to the internationalization and global melting of ideas and artistic concepts.

The aim of this conference is to reinvestigate the paths of Eastern European émigré composers and other artists and scientists by examining the productivity of their interactions with host cultures and the internationalization of artistic concepts and the rise of new global trends in music and the other arts.

The conference is bringing together seventeen musicologists and other researchers from seven countries in order to rethink the relationship between the emigration of artists and scientists from Eastern Europe and the globalization of ideas.

Please click here for more information.

The conference is organized by Anna Fortunova, PhD (Leipzig University) and Prof. Stefan Keym, PhD (Leipzig University).

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