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Musicians' Mobilities and Music Migrations in Early Modern Europe

Biographical Patterns and Cultural Exchanges


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Berthold Over(Hg.), Gesa zur Nieden(Hg.), Musicians' Mobilities and Music Migrations in Early Modern Europe (2016), transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, ISBN: 9783839435045

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Beschreibung / Abstract

During the 17th and 18th century musicians' mobilities and migrations are essential for the European music history and the cultural exchange of music. Adopting viewpoints that reflect different methodological approaches and diversified research cultures, the book presents studies on central scopes, strategies and artistic outcomes of mobile and migratory musicians as well as on the transfer of music. By looking at elite and non-elite musicians and their everyday mobilities to major and minor centers of music production and practice, new biographical patterns and new stylistic paradigms in the European East, West and South emerge.


Gesa zur Nieden (Prof. Dr.), born 1978, teaches musicology at the University of Greifswald. Her research and publications focus on the early modern musicians mobility, on spaces and buildings for music, on intermedial dimensions of music and on the reception of Wagner after 1945.
Berthold Over (PhD), born in 1964, is a researcher in the project »PASTICCIO. Ways of Arranging Attractive Operas« at Greifswald University. He previously worked and taught at Mainz University where he was member of projects on musical mobility and migration as well as on Roman cantatas in Händel's times. His research focuses mainly on 17th and 18th century music as evident from numerous publications.


Besprochen in:, 18/1 (2018), Andreas Waczkat


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  • Cover
  • Content
  • Preface
  • Roads "which are commonly wonderful for the musicians" - Early Modern Times Musicians' Mobility and Migration
  • Between Collective Biography and Biography: Cultural - Historical Approaches to Musicians' Migrations in the Early Modern Age
  • Migration and Biography. The Case of Agostino Steffani
  • "try it elsewhere [...]" - Konrad Hagius and Musicians' Mobility in Early Modern Times in Light of Local and Regional Profile
  • Competition at the Catholic of Munich. Italian Musicians and Family Networks
  • From Munich to Foreign Lands and Back Again. Relocation of the Munich Court and Migration of Musicians (c. 1690-1715)
  • Migratory and Traveling Musicians at the Polish Royal Courts in the 17th Century. The Case of Kaspar Förster the Younger
  • Foreign Musicians at the Polish Court in the Eighteenth Century. The Case of Pietro Mira
  • Luka Sorgo – a Nobleman and Composer from Dubrovnik
  • MUSICI and MusMig. Continuities and Discontinuities
  • Sources of Musicians' Migrations Between Court and City
  • Musical Travels. Sources of Musicians’ Tours and Migrations in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century
  • “… und bißhero mein Glück in der Welt zu suchen…” – Notes on the Biography of Jonas Friederich Boenicke
  • The Russian Experience. The Example of Filippo Balatri
  • Soloists of the Opera Productions in Brno, Holešov, Kromeríž and Vyškov. Italian Opera Singers in Moravian Sources c. 1720-1740 (Part I)
  • Vienna Kärntnertortheater Singers in the Letters from Georg Adam Hoffmann to Count Johann Adam von Questenberg. Italian Opera Singers in Moravian Sources c. 1720-1740 (Part II)
  • Dissemination and Transfer of Music and Music Theory Between Copies, Adaptations and References
  • Estienne Roger’s Foreign Composers
  • From “Sonate a quattro” to “Concertos in Seven Parts”. The Acclimatization of Two Compositions by Francesco Scarlatti
  • Spread of Italian Libretti. Maria Clementina Sobieska Stuart – a Patron of Roman Operas
  • Migration of Musical Repertoire. The Attems Music Collection from Around 1744
  • The Case of Juraj Križanic (1619-1683?) – His Texts on Music. From Artefacts to Cultural Study (Croatian Writers on Music and Transfer of Ideas in Their New Environments)
  • People and Places in a (Music) Source. A Case Study of Giuseppe Michele Stratico and His Theoretical Treatises (Croatian Writers on Music and Transfer of Ideas in Their New Environments)
  • List of Contributors
  • Index of Persons
  • Index of Places

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