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  • June 2018

    Selected Essays in Theater Studies in Greece and Southeast Europe

    by Puchner, Walter

    The contributions gathered in this volume span forty years (1975–2014) of research activity. They paint a multi-faceted picture of extensive theatrical production, of its growth and thematic range, as well as of the research personality of the drama expert Walter Puchner. The contents are organized in sections: on comparative thematics; antiquity and Byzantium; Southeast Europe in modern times; folk plays and popular theater; Cretan, Ionic, and Aegean theater of the Renaissance and Baroque era; Modernity and the Avant-Garde; Postwar and 21st-Century Drama; and theoretical approaches.

  • January 2019

    Senfl-Studies 3

    by Gasch, Stefan/ Lodes, Birgit/ Tröster, Sonja

    This volume continues the series of Senfl-Studies, which publishes essays on the most varied aspects concerning the Renaissance composer Ludwig Senfl as well as phenomena of the music of the 16th century in general. In Senfl-Studies 3 the emphasis is on new findings involving Senfl’s biographical contextualization (both spatially and with reference to his networks) as well as on the traditional reception and mediality of his works. In addition, a number of case studies explore the importance of humanistic ideas for the conception of his compositions and illuminate their interrelationships with the social and cultural life of his time.

  • June 2018

    Serenata and Festa Teatrale in 18th Century Europe

    by Yordanova, Iskrena/Maione, Paologiovanni

    This publication investigates the distinctive character and contexts of Festa teatrale and Serenata at a time when musical theatre was an integral part of the court ceremonial as well as a privileged ritual of repraesentatio maiestatis. This implies an approach to these works full of metaphors and symbolic allusions which takes into account the context of celebration and the resulting multiplicity of aspects: the choice of themes, the dramaturgical forms, textual and musical structures, the vocal and instrumental ensembles, and the various options with regard to the stage apparatus.

  • September 2015


    by Ferra, Ilir

    In this first novel Ilir Ferra casts light on the life of an Albanian family in the 1980s. A dreamy young man flees the gray, dictatorial everyday life and finds in the world of Manga-comics, which he knows from Italian television, a refuge for his fantasy.

  • July 2019

    Speech about Music

    Charles Seeger's Meta-Musicology

    by Sharif, Malik

    The US American musicologist, composer, philosopher, inventor, and political activist Charles Seeger (1886–1979) is a key figure in the development of twentieth-century musicology. Speech about Music is an in-depth study of his philosophical theory of musicology – his meta-musicology. Seeger developed this body of theory in numerous publications over the course of more than sixty years, yet he never realized his dream of creating a comprehensive “Principia Musicologica”. Detailed historical reconstruction and comparative analysis of Seeger’s meta-musicology makes Speech about Music an important contribution to the study of the history of musicology. By approaching Seeger’s theory as an arsenal of ideas in the discussion of twenty-first century meta-musicological issues, the book is also a critical examination of the pertinence of Seeger’s ideas.

  • November 2017

    Strauss-Elementar- Verzeichnis 9 (SEV 9)

    by Viennese Institute for Strauss Research

    The 9th volume of the Primary Strauss Catalogue (SEV), registering operas 401–450, treats one of the most interesting phases in the life and work of Johann Strauss the Younger, the period from 1882 to 1893. Lili Strauss leaves her husband; Adele takes her place. The ambitious foray into opera fails and Strauss returns to composing operettas. Changing his publisher from Cranz (Hamburg) to Simrock (Berlin) and back again brings both advantages and disadvantages. Strauss composes some of his finest works: The Gypsy Baron, the Frühlingsstimmen and Kaizer waltzes, the “Csárdás” from Ritter Pásmán, and the “New Pizzicato-Polka.” These works are thoroughly documented with abundant and sensational sources that also testify to their diverse reception.

  • June 2016

    Te Deum-Vertonungen K 271 and L 35

    by Hocker, Romana/ Klugseder, Robert

    In the Baroque era, the Te Deum was sung at important dynastic and political events such as coronations, weddings, baptisms, and victories. This volume contains the first modern edition of two Te Deum settings by Johann Joseph Fux (ca. 1660-1741) who was employed as composer and chapel master at the Imperial court in Vienna. Fux probably wrote the five-part solemn Te Deum K 271 in 1704 during the War of the Spanish Succession. It was replayed over a long period of time on occasion of dynastic events in Vienna, for example at the wedding of Archduchess Maria Theresia and Franz Stephan of Lotharingia in 1736. Copies preserved in Prague and Brno textify on behalf of the work's distribution outside of Vienna. On the other hand, no performance dates are known for the monumental Te Deum L 35 for double choir, the unique source of which is located in Prague. It was probably performed alongside the ringing of bells and the firing of salutes in the course of celebrations after an important military victory. The scientific edition of both compositions in supplemented by a critical apparatus and indications for performance practice. The historical context and the musical setting is extensively examined in the introduction. The scientific commentary is presented bilingually (German and English).

  • July 2016

    Team in Rhythm: Rhythm as the Basis for the Development of Social Competence in Teams

    by Kero, Gerhard

    Team in Rhythm examines the connection between the experience in teams of rhythm based on synchronization and the development of team-related social competences, the increase in group cohesion and the emergence of the experience of flow. Gerhard Kero illuminates the current state of research on the question of whether the theoretically presumed and already manifest binding effects of rhythmic interactions noted from the perspectives of the disciplines of evolutionary biology, psychology, rhythm research, anthropology, neuroscience, and competence research can be transferred to teams in the modern world of work, and the extent to which they can serve as a basis for the development of team-relevant social competences.

  • September 2018

    The Aesthetics of Inwardness: Max Reger and the Songs around 1900

    by Gasch, Stefan

    Songs for voice with piano accompaniment were the chief means of expression and field for experimentation of composers at the turn of the twentieth century, and they are the primary focus of the scholarly essays collected in this volume. The role of piano songs are discussed in connection with the musical and social developments of the Fin de Siècle, including the new aesthetics of inwardness that emerged around 1900, with reference to the song compositions of Max Reger, one of the most important trailblazers of musical modernity in Europe along with Richard Strauss and Arnold Schönberg. Contextualizing Reger’s complex song compositions with the works of his contemporaries provides new insights into a body of work that has hitherto been misunderstood and neglected.

  • June 2018

    The Cathedral Music Archive of Salzburg (A-Sd): A Thematic Catalogue of Musical Sources, Row A

    by Neumayr, Eva/ Laubhold, Lars E.

    Much of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s church music was written for the liturgy of Salzburg Cathedral, whose integral music collection has been preserved as over three centuries. As a parish church and a metropolitan church, Salzburg Cathedral was an important sphere of representation for a religious court and a supra-regional center for sacred music. This catalogue of the Cathedral Music Archive in Salzburg from the late seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth century opens up central sources for the creations of major composers such as Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Johann Ernst Eberlin, Leopold and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Michael Haydn, and Luigi Gatti.

  • September 2018

    The Completion

    by Federspiel, Maurus

    A phantom artist who has developed a curious talent for finding friends that one hasn’t yet met; a young woman who discovers that the ancestral portrait gallery of her newly wedded husband contains not only portraits of the deceased but also portraits of future members of the family; a musician whose biography begins to merge with that of a long-dead chansonnier; a cameraman who has unwittingly ceded his right to life to a film company. Marcus Federspiel narrates fantasies that reveals unusual facets of reality. His wonderfully laconic stories always have double or multiple layers that open new spaces in the mind.

  • March 2019

    The First City

    by Hnidek, Leopold

    A satellite photo of the ruins of an eight-thousand-year-old city in the Sahara presents the CIA, Mossad, MI6, and even the Vatican with a puzzle. Among the secret services a race develops to be the first to unravel the secret of this ancient city. A caravan of Tuaregs also pass the ruins on their journey through the desert. Their leader Djamil knows the meaning of the ancient structures and what their appearance means for his people. The millenia-old culture of the desert people is in danger ¬and only one person can save them from doom. Leopopld Hnidek describes the fascinating culture of the Tuareg by weaving mystical prophecies together with the very real dangers that globalization and modernization have in store for the Berber people.

  • May 2016

    The Glorious Name of Adami: Johann Adam, Duke of Questenberg (1678-1752) as a Supporter of Italian Opera in Moravia

    by Perutková, Jana

    The learned promoter of the fine arts Johann Adam Duke of Questenberg (1678–1752) transformed his palace in the Moravian village of Jaromerice into a cultural center for Central Europe. In lively exchanges with renowned librettists, composers, and stage designers he realized nearly 200 performances of musical drama with the help of a superb interpretive ensemble of subjects and servants. The Duke was a musician, a music-lover and a Maecenas who modelled his music-dramatical productions above all on the Imperial Court in Vienna and the Italian centers of opera culture, and who built an international network of nobles and artists who helped him to form his musical collectioin. At the same time Questenberg was a Moravian patriot: he commissioned several operas to be performed in Jaromerice and played a central role in the music-loving aristocratic society of Moravia. Jana Perutková has compiled a comprehensive collection of rich archival sources (correspondence of all kinds, bills, inventories, lists of servants, registers, etc.) and expanded our knowledge of the Questenberg music collection based on research in libraries and archives throughout Europe in order to identify scores. Together with the libretti this makes possible a detailed description of musical activities in Questenberg’s Viennese palace and on his estates, especially in Jaromerice – from a musicological and dramatological as well as a general historical perspective. In addition, the nearly 500 surviving letters from Questenberg’s Viennese Hofmeister Georg Adam Hoffmann contain previously unknown information about musical and theatrical life at the Viennese Kärntnertortheater and at the Imperial Court, and about artistic personalities like Giovanni Bononcini, Nicola Porpora, Antonio Caldera or Giuseppe Galli Bibiena, and not least about the society of the Viennese court.

  • September 2013

    The Life and Works of Gottlieb Muffat

    by Dunlop, Alison J.

    Gottlieb Muffat (1690–1770) has been heralded as one of the first composers of keyboard music to display ‘distinctly Austrian traits’. In light of both the extent and quality of his œuvre, he was undoubtedly the single most important composer of keyboard music in Vienna in the first half of the eighteenth century. A prodigious child, he performed for the Emperor when he was around ten years old and his formative years were shaped by two of the most renowned composers of the period: his father Georg and Johann Joseph Fux. Muffat served as organist at the Viennese imperial court for over half a century and was responsible for teaching several members of the imperial family. This book explores both his career and quotidian existence and presents much hitherto unknown information about other members of this musical family. A thematic catalogue, which includes descriptions of all known manuscript sources of his music, comprises the second part of this study and serves to highlight the significance of his output and the reception and transmission of his work.

  • March 2016

    The Minnesänger in Bavaria and Austria

    by Bletschacher, Richard

    From among the many Minnesänger in the Bavarian-Austrian region Richard Bletschacher has chosen the most famous and the best documented cases and presented them with biographies as well as selections of their works, newly translated by the author. Among those collected are: [...] The time-frame extends from early representatives (from the mid-12th century) in the high Middle Ages to the last successors of Oswald von Wolkenstein (1376–1445).

  • November 2015

    The Opera Seasons of the Mingotti Brothers, 1730-1766: A New Register of Locations and Productions

    A Chronology based on Sources for the Extension and Reception of Venetian Opera North of the Alps

    by Theobald, Rainer

    Between 1731 and 1766 the opera impresarios Angelo and Pietro Mingotti, with itinerant ensembles, made Venetian opera known to a large middle-class public north of the Alps. The brothers gave guest performances throughout the region of the old Kingdom and also in Scandinavia, they built wooden opera houses, employed conductors like Christoph Willibald Gluck and Giuseppe Sarti, and created a sensation with prima donnas like Regina Mingotti or Marianne Pircker. This triumphal procession of opera buffa around the middle of the century was substantially supported by the collaboration of Angelo Mingotti with Carlo Goldoni in Venice. Until now 43 seasonal tours by the Mingotti brothers were known. Thanks to years of source study, the Berlin theater scholar Rainer Theobald has doubled this number and also raised the corresponding number of identified performances. The chronology is illustrated with contemporary copperplate engravings and for the first time views of an opera house for Mingotti on the basis of construction plans.

  • November 2018

    The Snail and the Violin

    by Glüxam, Dagmar

    A new edition of the popular children’s book that has fascinated many youngsters and moved them to take up the violin: The fanciful and colorfully illustrated story of a little snail who undertakes the difficult task of finding a voice for her friend the fir tree. In the form of an enchanting fairy tale Dagmar Glüxman tells and shows how a violin comes into being and how it is played. And the snail? As a symbol of patience and persistence she occupies a place of honor at the end of the neck of the violin.

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