Music in the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz - Annual conference 2016
Dessau-Wörlitz Commission Conference
6th-8th October, 2016
Anhaltische Landesbücherei Dessau, Wissenschaftliche Bibliothek und Sondersammlungen
Organisers: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hirschmann, PD Dr. Adrian La Salvia
At the heart of the conference lies the source-based research on the musical landscape of Dessau-Wörlitz in the long eighteenth century (from 1766 until around 1830) and its significance for the Dessau-Wörlitz cultural site. The foundation in 1766 of the Dessau Court Chapel, which promotes until this day a lively tradition of musical theatre and celebrates its 250th anniversary, the establishment of the so-called “private theatre”, as well as the opening of the Dessau ducal court theatre in 1798 (one of the biggest in Germany along with the Berlin and Bayreuth margravial Opera Houses) constitute the keystones of a development which goes back to the beginnings of the reform movement in Dessau-Wörlitz, and which are conceptually inscribed in this movement. This conference will extensively explore the connections between garden landscaping, architecture, and music. The focus will not only be on the garden as a royal setting, but also on the idea of nature as being musically transcended.