Reflections on the International Workshop “Historical Perspectives on Musical Commission” | E. Reisinger

On May 17, 2024, we welcomed colleagues from Austria, Germany, Hungary, the UK, and the US at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (mdw) for focused exchange on the often neglected aspect of musical commissions. The speakers presented topics ranging from the early eighteenth century to the present and from Europe to North America. We discussed questions of hierarchy and power, the interaction of economic, political, and cultural agents, as well as the creative possibilities of the individual in collaborative constellations.

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Two Sylvias and a Surprising Discovery in New York | by E. Reisinger

I’ve recently returned from my latest research trip to the United States, a trip with a truly extraordinary backstory. This time, my journey took me to Philadelphia to explore the holdings of the University of Pennsylvania (stay tuned for more details on that in an upcoming report), and then to New York, where a rather remarkable development reached its climax.

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Back to the Golden Twenties | by J. Stacher

If I had the opportunity to travel back in time, I wouldn’t hesitate for a moment: I would choose the age of the Roaring Twenties. This time is marked by a rapid technological process, socioeconomic upheavals, feminist movements, and much artistic experimentation and innovation. However, what fascinates me the most are the artists who lived and were involved in cultural changes during this era.

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