Feiern – Singen – Schunkeln. Karnevalsaufführungen vom Mittelalter bis heute
A symposium of the ‚Arbeitsgemeinschaft für rheinische Musikgeschichte‘. Organized by Anno Mungen (Universität Bayreuth) and Christine Siegert (Universität der Künste Berlin) in cooperation with Arnold Jacobshagen and the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. Sponsored by Gerda Henkel Foundation.
At the same time as Cologne starts into the carnival season 2011/12 an international and interdisciplinary symposium takes place at the “Hochschule für Musik und Tanz”. The conference addresses the performative aspects of carnival as well as the essential role music plays in this context. The theoretical and methodological implications of these topics have rarely been considered yet. Thereby, special light is shed on the methods of investigation into musical carnival practices from history to present. Accordingly, papers presented cover a wide historical range from medieval times to today. In terms of location, Cologne as one of the German capitals of carnival figures prominently among the examples whereas at the same time international comparisons allow for systematic analysis and open up a broad array of subjects. Among the discussed topics are carnival in Peru, Brazil, and early modern Italy as well as carnival and opera, carnival and church, ethnological and pedagogical aspects and local phenomena like ‘Altweiberkarneval’ in Eupen (Belgium). A carnivalistic accompanying program pointed at the application of the gained theoretical knowledge completes the conference.