Concepts of Improvisation Between the Two World Wars
Performativity, Stages Presence and Participation in Musik

30. September - 1. Oktober 2016

While research on means of composition and musical performance that rely on
improvisation, chance, or nature has attracted a certain amount of
scholarly attention since the end of the twentieth century, their impact on
the art music community of the first decades of the twentieth century has
generally been neglected in historical musicology. The conference, which is
held as part of the SNSF-funded research project “Concepts of improvisation
and their impact on early twentieth century art music”, is organized by the
Musicology Department of the University of Basel in partnership with
the *Hochschule
für Musik* *Basel*. It aims to advance current musicological research on
the interplay between Western art music of the first half of the twentieth
century and notions of improvisation, randomness, participatory music, and
open form. It will also investigate some of the period’s improvisatory
approach to classical performance and the use of extempore techniques in
popular and functional music. Moreover, it seeks to integrate in its
deliberations current theories of ‘staged improvisation’ and
‘performativity’. Echoing the internationalism of the conference’s thematic
fields as well as that of its delegates, the chosen languages of the
conference are English and German.

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Keynote speakers:

- Prof. Dr. Sabine Feisst (Arizona State University)
- Prof. Dr. Michael Fjeldsøe (University of Copenhagen)
Kontakt: andrew.wilson -at-


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