Category Archives: Case Studies

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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A Connection Between Wittgenstein and Goodman: Paul Hindemith | by E. Reisinger

At first glance, pianist Paul Wittgenstein and clarinetist Benny Goodman don’t have much in common. The one came from one of the wealthiest families in Austria and pursued a career as a classical pianist, although his family initially did not approve. The other grew up in poor circumstances as the son of Jewish immigrants in Chicago and achieved enormous success as a swing musician in the U.S. and around the world. And yet, in my research, I foreground their commonalities: both commissioned famous composers of their time to write new concertos for them, in one case even the same person: Paul Hindemith (1895-1963).

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