Aesthetics of Inwardness – Max Reger and the Lied around 1900

Ästhetik der Innerlichkeit – Max Reger und das Lied um 1900

A conference commemorating the 100th anniversary of Max Reger’s death (1873–1916)

Vienna, 21–23 September 2016

Department of Musicology, University of Vienna
Spitalgasse 2–4, Unicampus AAKH Hof 9
1090 Vienna, AUSTRIA

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the death of Max Reger, this conference commemorates one of the most important pioneers of modern music. The conference focuses on Reger’s long-neglected Lied œuvre and places it in relation to the songs of other composers working in Munich and Vienna, cities which were among the most important centres for new trends in architecture, visual arts, and literature at the turn of the 20th century.
Broader historical developments will be traced within the genre of the Lied, particularly with regard to new views of the human psyche and a new awareness for emotion(ality) and inwardness (‘Innerlichkeit’) as manifested in prose, drama, and poetry of the period (for instance, by R. Dehmel, A. Schnitzler, or H. von Hofmannsthal).

The opening keynote address will be delivered by Julian Johnson (Royal Holloway, University of London) on the topic of ‘Language, Music and Desire: The Interior Landscape of the Lied around 1900.’

A Lied recital at the Austrian National Library (Josefsplatz 1, 1010 Vienna) on Thursday, 22 September 2016, will present songs by M. Reger and other composers from the turn of the century.

Participation is free of charge. Informal registration is requested.

Contact:
Stefan Gasch (stefan.gasch -at- univie.ac.at)

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