International Musicological Symposium

New music in the "new" Europe between the two wars

18. March - 21. January 2017
Knight's Hall, Križanke






Head of Symposium: Jernej Weiss


Open to the public


Saturday, 18 March


At 9.15 am


Welcome speeches:   

Darko Brlek  (Director and Artistic Director of Ljubljana Festival and President of the European Festivals Association)

Jernej Weiss (Head of the Musicological Symposium)


At 9.30 am


Keynote lecture


John Tyrrell (Cardiff): Janáček’s Maestoso: Reflections on From the House of the Dead (1928)


At 10.00 am


Chairman: Primož Kuret


Helmut Loos (Leipzig): Holy sobriety. Composer in the modern era. Continuity instead of discontinuity

Peter Andraschke (Giessen): Diversity of Modernism. Music days in Donaueschingen and Baden-Baden in the 1920s

Hartmut Krones (Vienna): Speaking and „Sprechgesang“ as a way of expressing socially critical message in the music between the world wars


At 11.30 am


Chairman: Danijela Špirić-Beard


Luba Kyyanovska (Lviv): Ukrainian Music in the Interwar Period of Twenty Years: Between Modernism and Socialist Realism

Pauline Fairclough (Bristol): Leningrad in the European Mainstream, 1922-1941


At 2.30 pm


Chairman: Jernej Weiss


Katarina Tomašević (Belgrade): “Lightning Rod of the Universe” – Stanislav Vinaver and the Defense of “New Music“

Danijela Špirić-Beard (Cardiff): Sounding Zenitism: Modernity, Balkanism and Josip Slavenski 


At 3.45 pm


Chairman: Ivan Florjanc


Nada Bezić (Zagreb): “Intimate musical evenings” (1923–1926) or How the Croatian Musical Society in Zagreb opened the door to modernity

Zdravko Drenjančević (Osijek): New approaches in music based on Slavonian melos among Croatian composers in the period between the two world wars



Monday, 20 March


Presentation of the sicientific results of the project The Stylistic and Compositional-Technical Diversity of Slovenian Music from 1918 to the Present Day in the Light of Social Changes  (Slovenian Research Agency)


At 10.00 am


Chairman: Gregor Pompe


Matjaž Barbo (Ljubljana): Anton Dolinar as a doctoral student of Guido Adler

Jurij Snoj (Ljubljana): Essayistic writing on music in Slovenia between the two wars

Aleš Nagode (Ljubljana): The bitter fruits of revolution: Slovene church music between the world wars


At 11.30 am


Chairman: Jurij Snoj


Niall O’Loughlin (Loughborough): Slavko Osterc’s Compositional Journey and his Assimilation of New Techniques

Gregor Pompe (Ljubljana): Slavko Osterc and Lucijan Marija Škerjanc: aesthetic division and poetic brotherhood


At 2.30 pm


Chairman: Matjaž Barbo


Lubomír Spurný (Brno): Work and performance: A few comments on the Czech modern music

Jernej Weiss (Ljubljana–Maribor): Alois Hába and Slovene students of composition at the State Conservatory in Prague

Karmen Salmič Kovačič (Maribor): On the polystylistic nature of classicist modernism following the revelation of the “Adornian fallacy” ‒ in examples from the works of Demetrij Žebre


At 4.00 pm


Chairman: Aleš Nagode


Andrej Misson (Ljubljana): Some thoughts on Slovene choral composition between the world wars

Darja Koter (Ljubljana): The ideological and artistic identity of youth choirs between the wars

Katarina Bogunović Hočevar, Ana Vončina (Ljubljana): The first decade of Radio Ljubljana – the medium, the institution and its ideology in the light of music


Tuesday, 21 March


At 10.00 am


Chairman: Andrej Misson


Ivan Florjanc (Ljubljana): The creativity of the composers of the Primorska region during the Italian Fascist occupation – compositional, stylistic and social insight

Luisa Antoni (Trieste): The old and the new among Triestine composers between the First and Second World Wars

Sara Zupančič (Ljubljana):  Kačji pastir – La Libellula: The musical multilingualism of Pavle Merkù’s opera

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