#gluck_mz18 - Ancient Histories and Narratives in Chr. W. Gluck’s Operas

III. Interdisciplinary Summer School

10. SEP 2018 - 15. SEP 2018 | MAINZ
Veranstalter: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Institut für Kunstgeschichte und Musikwissenschaft

Anerkannte Weiterbildung Kongress, Symposium, Tagung Musiklehre / Musikwissenschaft Berufsmusiker*innen / Musikstudierende


Orpheus, the hanging gardens of Semiramis, and the olympic gods – through the ages, ancient myths and subjects have strongly impacted the arts. The III. Summer School in Mainz will approach these topics from an interdisciplinary perspective by combining methodologies from musicology and the field of ancient and classical studies, focusing on the operas of Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714–1787). His compositions will be introduced from a holistic perspective, highlighting the interconnectedness of the many processes involved in the production of his operas and giving participants more insights into Baroque music theater and the reception of ancient subjects in the arts in general. How did narratives change through librettists’ adaptations of the myths and histories and how did this impact their understanding? How did Gluck approach setting these librettos to music? What restrictions and possibilities did Baroque stagecraft impose on the representation of the ancient subjects? In exploring these and other questions, comprehensive portraits of selected operas will be developed which contribute to an understanding of Gluck’s operas as a form of representational art.



The Summer School will be accompanied by a colorful program, such as introducing the participants to the city of Mainz and its history. Furthermore, we will visit the Baroque Schlosstheater in Schwetzingen of 1753 in which architectural conventions of Gluck’s time come to life.
The tour contributes to a better understanding of the circumstances under which his operas were performed in the eighteenth century.


Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Institut für Kunstgeschichte und Musikwissenschaft
Jakob-Welder-Weg 18
55128 Mainz

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