Music, Writing, Difference – An Interdisciplinary Conference on Adorno’s Theory of Musical Reproduction

3 – 5 April 2019, Vienna, Arnold Schönberg Center

Theodor W. Adorno’s notes, draft texts and excerpts for his unfinished project of a Theory of Musical Reproduction not only give a musico-philosophical account of the interpretational act of music-making, but include a theory of notation which proves to be adaptable to contemporary discourses.

Building on new insights from research on writing, this symposium aims to re-examine Adorno’s thoughts and concepts, and to expand on them within a productive interdisciplinary dialogue. The lectures at this symposium will reflect Adorno’s considerations from the perspectives of musicology, notation and image theory, art history, performance practice, cognitive psychology and philosophy.

The conference languages are German and English.

The attendance of the conference is free of charge. All interested persons are very welcome!

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Organisation: Julia Freund (Gießen), Matteo Nanni (Gießen), Nikolaus Urbanek (Wien)

The conference is organised by Wissenschaftszentrum Arnold Schönberg und die Wiener Schule at the Institut für Musikwissenschaft und Interpretationsforschung, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Vienna, Institut für Musikwissenschaft und Musikpädagogik, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, and DACH research project “Writing Music”, in cooperation with Arnold Schönberg Center Vienna.