Jewish Music in South Germany—History, Exile, Continuance

The Musikwissenschaftliches Institut, Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, welcomes proposals for the international symposium

Jewish Music in South Germany—History, Exile, Continuance

to be held on Thursday and Friday, 11‒12 July 2019
at the
Hochschule für Musik und Theater München

The first known settlement of Jews in the south of Germany can be traced back to 906 C.E., documented in the toll regulation of Passau, the city of three rivers which was conveniently situated for those using trade routes to Hungary, southern Russia, and northeastern Germany. But it was not until the end of the 17th century that communities formed that had a lasting presence in the region. In the 18th century flourishing communities grew in Fürth and Ansbach, both associated with important musical practices. In the course of the 19th century Jews began to absorb (or reject) the vast changes and developments that took hold of Central Europe: emancipation and acculturation, the Reform movement, Zionism, and anti-Semitism—all of which had significant influence on musical practices and expressions.

This two-day symposium “Jewish Music in South Germany—History, Exile, Continuance” concerns itself with the music of Jews who called South Germany their home, from the earliest times to the very present. Indeed, there was and is continuance: Although the shoah marked a severe rupture of civilization and in history, after World War II thousands of Jews assembled in Displaced Persons camps in Bavaria and new communities formed as well. Today Jewish music is heard on German soil in various and ever-expanding contexts.

We are inviting papers in German and English that address the multi-faceted topics related to Jewish music in South Germany drawing upon the methodologies of ethnomusicology, historical musicology, music theory, cultural studies, and anthropology. We particularly welcome Jewish studies scholars. Encouraging a variety of topics, we hope to inspire twenty-minute presentations leaning on the following larger subject categories:

The Early Modern Period
Religious Practices
Secular Practices
Responses to Nazism
Displaced Persons Camps
The Postwar Era

Please submit a title with an abstract of 300 words maximum, and include contact information (address, affiliation, and e-mail).

Proposals may be submitted by email before 1 February 2019 to:

Dr. Tina Frühauf & Prof. Dr. Claus Bockmaier
Hochschule für Musik und Theater München
Musikwissenschaftliches Institut
Arcisstraße 12
D-80333 München

Exoticism, orientalism and national identity in musical theatre. International musicological conference on the centenary of the death of Karl Goldmark

Budapest, 11–12 December, 2015

Institute of Musicology (Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

Karl Goldmark was a key figure of the musical culture of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. He was born in a Hungarian city as a son of a Jewish chazzan, but his activity concentrated mostly to Vienna. He considered himself Hungarian, but all of his operas were composed in German and, except Götz von Berlichingen, premiered in Vienna. Thus, his life and oeuvre represents not only the problematic questions of citizenship, religion and national identity in Central Europe at the turn of the century, but also their impact on a variety of musical genres (operas, symphonic works, chamber music, choral music, works for piano and songs).

On the centenary of Goldmark’s death, the Archives and Research Group for 20th and 21st Century Hungarian Music ( launches an international conference which will discuss not only the life and oeuvre of Goldmark, but also several topics in connection to him. As an initiative, this conference intends to discuss these topics in international context and for the period of 1867 to present (also contemporary music), furthermore, ‘musical theatre’ will not be restricted to opera but papers concerning further genres of musical theatre (operetta, ballet, incidental music, musical, dance, show, revue, cabaret etc.) are also invited.

Abstracts of 300 words for 20-minute individual papers are invited to be sent in English or in German. Themes that papers may address include, but are not limited to:

– The oeuvre and life of Karl Goldmark (compositions, writings, biography, discography, iconography, bibliography, gender, interpretation, reception, influence, etc.).

– Music and National identity in Central Europe between 1867 and 1945

– Jewish topics in musical theatre (not only opera, but also ballet, dance, operetta, musical plays etc., from 1867 to present)

– orientalism and exoticism in musical theatre (from 1867 to present)

All proposals should be submitted by email no later than 30 April 2015 to With your proposal please include your CV, contact details and, if applicable, your affiliation. The committee will make its final decision on the abstracts by the end of May 2015, and contributors will be informed immediately thereafter. Further information about the programme, registration, travel and accommodation will be announced after that date.

For any additional information, please contact both of the organizers of the conference:

Ádám Ignácz (

Ferenc János Szabó (