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Musicological Conference to Mark the Anniversary of Statehood

Society and music in the development of the Czech and Slovak nations 1918–2018

Date of Event

Wednesday, 30. 5. 2018 from 09.30
Ilustrace 9
Ilustrace 2

Con tempo diverso / The distant proximity of a common experience

Society and music in the development of the Czech and Slovak nations in the years 1918–2018

A musicological conference on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Czech and Slovak statehood

30 – 31 May 2018, hosted by Prague Spring IMF

The 100th anniversary of the founding of the modern democratic Czechoslovak State, which is celebrated in 2018, is a major impetus for various historical reflections. One of the possible topics of such deliberation is the development of music and musical culture in the Czech and Slovak nations in the past century. The abstract nature of its language makes music an extraordinarily sensitive expression of human creativity and rationality. It speaks in many layers and yet with greater lucidity than other areas of culture and science, as it more clearly reflects the authenticity and honesty of its creator’s statements. Even so, history has also seen it used as a tool of manipulation or as an embellishment to various political transformations. The Czech and Slovak nations share a common experience of the majority of the past century. We have lived and continue live in a proximity given by a similar mentality, historical experience, and an identical or very similar fate in the geopolitical development of Europe. Yet at the same time both nations have also experienced periods of separation, as we fostered our character through diverse inspirations and aims. And so we named the conference Con tempo diverso / In different tempos, with the seemingly absurd subtitle of The distant proximity of a common experience. Its aim is to depict the essence of those shared and separate periods of development of the musical cultures of both nations especially since the foundation of our joint republic in 1918.

 

The conference will mainly focus on these topics:

  • The musical culture of the First Republic
  • Prominent composers and musical institutions between the wars: the modern, the avant-garde, and the traditional
  • Art: Czech, German, Slovak, Hungarian, Jewish, global – nationality as inspiration and limitation
  • Reflection of the development of Czech and Slovak music in European cultures
  • Nationalism as a theme and a goal
  • Musicians and changes in society
  • Socialist realism in musical culture
  • The freedom of the sixties
  • The normalisation norms of music
  • The transformation of cultural policies on music
  • The joys and pains of the nineties
  • Separation of states = separation of music? People and institutions after 1992
  • The present problems of Czech and Slovak musical culture