Musicians' Mobilities and Music Migrations in Early Modern Europe

Biographical Patterns and Cultural Exchanges

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.

Overview Chapters

  1. Frontmatter

    Seite 1
  2. Editorial

    Seiten 2 - 4
  3. Content

    Seiten 5 - 8
  4. Preface

    Seiten 9 - 10
  5. Roads "which are commonly wonderful for the musicians" - Early Modern Times Musicians' Mobility and Migration

    Seiten 11 - 32
  6. Between Collective Biography and Biography: Cultural-Historical Approaches to Musicians' Migrations in the Early Modern Age

    Migration and Biography The Case of Agostino Steffani

    Seiten 35 - 50
  7. "try it elsewhere [...]" - Konrad Hagius and Musician's Mobility in Early Modern Times in Light of Local and Regional Profile

    Seiten 51 - 72
  8. Competition at the Catholic Court of Munich Italian Musicians and Family Networks

    Seiten 73 - 90
  9. From Munich to 'Foreign' Lands and Back Again Relocation of the Munich Court and Migration of Musicians (c. 1690-1715)

    Seiten 91 - 134
  10. Migratory and Traveling Musicians at the Polish Royal Courts in the 17th Century The Case of Kaspar Förster the Younger

    Seiten 135 - 150
  11. Foreign Musicians at the Polish Court in the Eighteenth Century The Case of Pietro Mira

    Seiten 151 - 170
  12. Luka Sorgo - a Nobleman and Composer from Dubrovnik

    Seiten 171 - 184
  13. MUSICI and MusMig Continuities and Discontinuities

    Seiten 185 - 204
  14. Sources of Musicians' Migrations Between Court and City

    Musical Travels Sources of Musicians' Tours and Migrations in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century

    Seiten 207 - 226
  15. "… und bißhero mein Glück in der Welt zu suchen …" - Notes on the Biography of Jonas Friederich Boenicke

    Seiten 227 - 240
  16. The Russian Experience The Example of Filippo Balatri

    Seiten 241 - 254
  17. Soloists of the Opera Productions in Brno, Holešov, Kroměříž and Vyškov Italian Opera Singers in Moravian Sources c. 1720-1740 (Part I)

    Seiten 255 - 274
  18. 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)

    Seiten 275 - 292
  19. Dissemination and Transfer of Music and Music Theory Between Copies, Adaptations and References

    Estienne Roger's Foreign Composers

    Seiten 295 - 310
  20. From "Sonate a quattro" to "Concertos in Seven Parts" The Acclimatization of Two Compositions by Francesco Scarlatti

    Seiten 311 - 322
  21. Spread of Italian Libretti Maria Clementina Sobieska Stuart - a Patron of Roman Operas

    Seiten 323 - 340
  22. Migrations of Musical Repertoire The Attems Music Collection from Around 1744

    Seiten 341 - 378
  23. The Case of Juraj Križanić (1619-1683?) - His Texts on Music. From Artefacts to Cultural Study (Croatian Writers on Music and The Transfer of Ideas in Their New Environments)

    Seiten 379 - 388
  24. 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)

    Seiten 389 - 402
  25. List of Contributors

    Seiten 403 - 408
  26. Index of Persons

    Seiten 409 - 424
  27. Index of Places

    Seiten 425 - 428
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ISBN: 978-3-8376-3504-1

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Gesa zur Nieden

Gesa zur Nieden, Universität Greifswald, Deutschland

Berthold Over

Berthold Over, Universität Greifswald, Deutschland

... with Gesa zur Nieden und Berthold Over

1. Why a book on this subject?

Music migrations in Early Modern Times can tell us a lot on cultural, social and political patterns of mobility in general. Since national boundaries were not yet established in the 17th and 18th centuries the displacement, transfer and trans-regional reception of music in Early Modern Europe challenge us to reflect on communicative mechanisms and conventions that were in permanent change. At the same time, the mobility and integration of European musicians reveal the power of cultural categorizations that are in constant tension with aesthetic possibilities of music.

2. What relevance does this subject have in the current research debates?

The book connects music history to the current mobility studies and so reverberates the actual mobility turn in the humanities. On this basis, traditional categories of style, politics and sociability can be reviewed and concepts of music transfer can be enlarged. At the same time, the balance of aesthetic, political and social intentions is questioned as is the role of geographical and social mobility for the production and reception of music. For these perspectives the collaboration between Western European and Eastern European scholars is most relevant - geographically and methodologically.

3. What new perspectives does your book open up?

The book opens up a view on the contemporary existence of hybrid and categorized communications in music and between musicians and their patrons, disciples, editors and colleagues. By taking into consideration not only the great figures of music history but also the many unknown musicians and their manifold contacts, the book reveals the great variety of mobilities and working options of Early Modern musicians in Europe and their professional as well as social intentions.

4. Who would you preferably like to discuss your book with?

With scholars concerned with global musicians' mobilities as well as with scholars of Early Modern literature and arts or cultural historical topics. A comparison to other professional groups might detail overall migration patterns and biographical models that were typical for Early Modern Europe.

5. Your book in only one sentence:

Early Modern music migrations and musicians' mobilities shed light on the infinitive aesthetic possibilities of 17th and 18th century cultural life between political representing, sedentariness and the dissemination and professionalization of music.

Gesa zur Nieden / Berthold Over (eds.)
Book title
Musicians' Mobilities and Music Migrations in Early Modern Europe Biographical Patterns and Cultural Exchanges
transcript Verlag
kart., Klebebindung, 17 SW-Abbildungen, 9 Farbabbildungen
Commodity Group
HIS054000 MUS020000 HIS037040
Release date
17 October 2016
Kulturgeschichte, Musik
Musicology, Cultural History, Cultural Studies
Music, Migration, Mobility, Baroque, Cultural History, Music History, Early Modern History, Musicology, History

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