An Assessment of Czech Musicology and Theatre Studies : Thirty Years After the Fall of the Iron Curtain


SPURNÝ Lubomír SPURNÁ Helena

Rok publikování 2020
Druh Článek ve sborníku
Konference Art History in the Context of Other Sciences in Modern World : Parallels and Interaction: Proceedings of the International Academic Conference, April 21–26, 2019
Fakulta / Pracoviště MU

Filozofická fakulta

Klíčová slova musicology; theatrology; Czech Republic; semiotics; structuralism; theatricality; Centre for Music Theatre
Popis The continuing historiographical focus of both disciplines arising from the Central European tradition is reflected in the expansion of the range of historical themes. Musicology and theatre studies, however, react less flexibly to new interpretative approaches and research methods. Music semiotics, which rapidly developed in the 1970s and 1980s from an initiative of the most important team of Czech musicologists, has not found its successors in the new era. Czech musi- cology and theatre studies lack the former research team, with the range of specific interests and themes failing to correspond with the need for an integrating foundation. Only a few personages, who are providing Czech musicology and theatrology with new perspectives and research meth- ods, can be named at present. To give an example, the co-author of this contribution, Lubomír Spurný, was attempting, under the influence of his studies in Vienna, to propagate on the domestic scene the analysis of the Austrian music theoretician Heinrich Schenker. As for the Czech thea- trology, a number of smaller successes exist, although any kind of theoretical thinking does not come about in a systematic manner in this country. The Department of Theatre Studies at Masaryk University in Brno has the biggest potential for new research. The department organizes lectures and seminaries on, for example, the performativity of nationalism, the theatricality of the political trials of the 1950s, the theatricality of the Middle Ages and mass demonstrations.
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