Crisis of Function – Connection of Agents. Musical history of Göttingen before 1800 as musical landscape in motion.
The thesis explores the musical tradition of Göttingen, a mid-sized town without a court, located in a regional interspace, in the 18th century. It analyses extensive dossiers and takes into consideration elements of everyday life and regional history, as well as thoughts on the culture of debate in the early modern period. The individual behaviour of Göttingen musicians contributed to the manifold transformation of their function. Divergent strategies of communication led to varying levels of success regarding appeals procedures, hierarchy and public musical reputation. The decline of traditional structures, such as the Musikzwang of the Stadtkantor and the Stadtmusiker, was accelerated by the foundation of the University of Göttingen in 1734 and especially by the establishment of a collegium musicum modelled on the collegium in Leipzig. On the other hand, the presence of the Academy facilitated the emergence of innovative compositions in Göttingen, connected to individuals such as Johann Friedrich Schweinitz and Carl Friedrich Rudorff.
Partners / Cooperations
Ludwig Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Konrad
Prof. Dr. Martin Kirnbauer
Projektpartner: Göttinger Barockorchester