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Crisis and Prosperity: The Development of Prussian Court Music from 1713 to 1806

7-9 octobre 2016, Berlin
CFP deadline: 1 Apr 2016
Staatsoper im Schiller Theater

From 7th- 9th October 2016, the Staatskapelle Berlin will hold its second international symposium, in cooperation with the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation, Berlin-Brandenburg. The Staatskapelle celebrates its 450th anniversary in 2020, making it one of the oldest orchestras in the world. Ahead of this occasion, the Staatsoper is holding a series of annual symposia devoted to the history of the Staatskapelle Berlin and its international significance. This year's topic, ‘Crisis and Prosperity: The Development of Prussian Court Music from 1713 to 1806', places a focus on the 18th century, from the dissolution of the Prussian Court in 1713 to the collapse of the ‘old' Prussia in 1806.

This symposium aims to place an emphasis on the history of the court orchestra and court musical life before and after Friedrich II's reign, which has been somewhat neglected by researchers. In particular, the history of the court's music during the reign of Friedrich Wilhelm I (1688-1740) after the dissolution of the court orchestra in 1713 requires attention. For example, looking more closely at the orchestra of the private chapel of Margrave Christian Ludwig of Brandenburg-Schwedt, to whom Johann Sebastian Bach dedicated the Brandenburg Concertos, could be relevant here.

Abstracts (max. 2000 characters) for 20 minute papers, along with any technical requirements for the talk and a short CV with contact details should be sent by 1st April 2016 to Lena van der Hoven (Hoven -at- Contributions from both the humanities and social sciences are welcome (Musicology, Theatre Studies, History, Cultural Studies, Sociology). Early career researchers are expressly encouraged to contribute. The chosen speakers will be informed by 1st May 2016 and the conference programme published online at .
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