Ústav dějin umění Akademie věd ČR, v. v. i.

Music between Political Pressure and Autonomy: the Czech Situation and European Contexts

Music between Political Pressure and Autonomy: the Czech Situation and European Contexts

Grantor: CAS, Strategy AV21
Duration: 2022–2024
Grantee: Institute of Art History of the CAS
Principal Investigator: David Vondráček

All European societies had to respond to upheavals, wars and crises, with parallels and differences coming to light. In changing political systems, including the Nazi terror as well as State Socialism, musicians, composers and audiences either sought to maintain their autonomy or opened themselves up to political agitation. The project aims to explore how aspects of autonomy and agitation are reflected in the compositional practice and in music making. Of particular interest is the question of interdependencies between (seemingly autonomous) art and society in a changing world. To this end, a sometimes neglected repertoire is analyzed from a comparative perspective, including the fields of popular music, music theater and everyday culture. The program encompasses a student/doctoral workshop in its first phase in September 2022 and an international conference in the second phase in March 2023. More information will be published on this webpage. 

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