Music that connects

Project name:

Music that connects

Short project name:

HUSPO

Project registration number:

KPF-02-181

Project Partner:

Donau-Universität Krems, Die Universität für Weiterbildung

Project implementation period:

7/2020 - 9/2021

Investor/Programme Framework/Project Type:

Czech Ministry of Regional Development, Interreg V-A Austria-Czech Republic (2014-2020), Small Projects Fund

Project objectives:

Promoting knowledge of the common Czech-Austrian cultural heritage:

a) enriching awareness of musical contacts of the two nations in history and today

b) enhancing knowledge of musical works which have shaped the common cultural background of the two nations

c) modern performances of compositions which at the time of their creation brought new creative qualities and shifted the development of musical thinking in both cultures

Project summary:

Masaryk University sees lifelong learning as highly beneficial. It is aware of the importance of its further development, which should go beyond the national scale. It therefore gives its utmost support to efforts to establish and maintain cooperation with foreign partners. One of the foreign partners of Masaryk University is the Danube University in Krems, which specializes in adult education. The possibility of further cooperation, this time in the field of music, arose in connection with the activities carried out through the partnership of the two universities. As part of the Round Table activity of the recently completed Lifelong Learning Without Boundaries project, KPF-02-082, representatives of Masaryk University had the opportunity to visit the Centre of Applied Music Research at the Department of Art and Cultural Studies of Danube University in Krems and the Göttweig Monastery. The possibility of seeing musical archives that are not normally available inspired the idea of working together on a project that would focus on relations in music culture in Austria and the Czech lands in the 18th to 20th centuries. The idea was to raise awareness of the richness of cultural history of both, closely connected nations in the field of music. Several meetings of experts from both universities followed and resulted in a series of activities aimed at presenting the interdependence of the two nations from a rather different perspective. The implementation of the planned activities will be preceded by expert research, which will include the study of archival resources, i.e. musical works forming a common cultural background; analysis and evaluation of compositional qualities against the standards of the period; preparation of the scores; preparation of the interpretative conception and subsequent interpretation of selected compositions at concerts in Krems, Telč and Brno. The opportunity to acquire new, or to expand existing knowledge in this field will be available to students from both countries at the planned lectures, which will take place in Krems and Brno. Experts on the issues from both countries will be presenting, and so lectures will be given in Czech and German. Participants will receive supporting documents in the form of a bilingual booklet. Participation in the project activities is open to all interested parties from Austria and the Czech Republic. An evaluation meeting of project partners will be held in Brno before the end of the project. Translation into both languages will be provided for all activities throughout the duration of the project.

 

Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

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