02.07.2020 | 19:30 | Lecture

BTHVN2020 | Detmold: Beethoven | Spaces. Digital Lecture Series

Beethoven's music plays, shapes, occupies and forms spaces; spaces create and amplify resonances, and are windows to history and the future, shaping communication and interaction. The public lecture series organized by the Musicology Seminar of the Detmold University of Music (Hochschule für Musik Detmold) and the University of Paderborn (Universität Paderborn) uses a cultural-scientific and open-metaphorical concept of “space” as the basis for sounding out such dimensions in both concrete and abstract perspectives.


The digital lecture series uses lectures, presentations and subsequent live-chat discussions to convey to a broad public, as well as the students, the methods and models of contemporary and international musicology, which considers itself cultural science, and as such, no longer asks only about the masters and their works, but also explores the real musical action spaces and concrete relationships with music.

The spectrum of lectures ranges from the interplay of concert hall acoustics and historical performance practice, to the role of Beethoven's music as inspiration and material for composers during the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, and all the way to Beethoven's presence in art and the cultural public space, for example, in the form of monuments. Beethoven’s sketches and working manuscripts, as creative spaces for writing and thinking, are as much a topic as is the composer as a figure in pop culture and reference for contemporary composing. The concept and overall direction are provided by Prof. Dr. Andreas Münzmay and Dr. Vera Grund.


Thursday 2 July: Beethoven in West and East Germany in 1970, the division of the world into two hemispheres during the Cold War and Beethoven's role in it all

Prof. Dr. Nina Noeske, University of Music and Theatre Hamburg, Musicology (Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, Musikwissenschaft)

During the Cold War, Beethoven divided the world into two poles: The Beethoven Anniversary in 1970, in particular, saw two political systems vying for the true way to inherit Beethoven. The lecture uses reception documents to show how East and West German creative artists sought to claim the composer as "theirs" while at the same time endeavouring to reinforce a spatial and idealistic world order.


Photo: © Laiotz, Source: Adobe Stock



Neustadt 22
32756 Detmold

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Admission: Free of charge

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The lecture takes place digitally in a public ZOOM room. Information and dial-in data: www.beethoven-detmold.de


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