Ivan Zajc (1832-1914): Glazbene migracije i kulturni transferi u srednjoj Europi i šire u ‘dugom’ 19. stoljeću

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Conference Proceedings


Ivan Zajc (1832-1914) : Musical Migrations and Cultural Transfers in the ‘Long’ 19th Century in Central Europe and Beyond, Zagreb 16-18 October 2014, Zagreb : Hrvatsko muzikološko društvo = Croatian Musicological Society, Croatia, p.575 (2016)




19th century., music migrations, Zajc Ivan


<p><span lang="HR">The Croatian Musicological Society and the Department for History of Croatian Music of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, both from Zagreb, had organized the International musicological symposium „Ivan Zajc (1832-1914): Musical Migrations and Cultural Transfers in the ‘Long’ 19th Century in Central Europe and Beyond“ on the occasion of 100th anniversary of the passing away of this most outstanding composer in the last third of the 19th century in Croatia. The Symposium had taken place on 16-18 October 2014, at the main Library hall of the Academy in Zagreb.</span></p><p><span lang="HR">The first proposed thematic area was<strong> the life, oeuvre and importance of Ivan Zajc. </strong>The articles in this first thematic segment are articulated in three units: “Zajc’s Operas”, “Zajc’s Opus and Beyond” and “Zajc at Large”. They deal with single aspects of less known Zajc’s operas, the setting to music of Polish themes, the role and meaning of choir numbers in Zajc’s so-called historical trilogy, with the development of musico-scenical expressive means in Zajc’s operatic oeuvre, on new data on Zajc in Vienna, on the state of Zajc’s operatic oeuvre concerning its corrections and revisions, on Zajc’s sacral music and on some other topics such as outlines and analyses of preserved documentation on Zajc with outstanding insight into new media.</span></p><p><span lang="HR">The second proposed thematic area was<strong> the phenomenon of musical migrations</strong>, as has been evident, for instance, in Zajc’s own life itinerary (Rijeka-Milan-Rijeka-Vienna-Zagreb) and in the dissemination of musical artefacts (scores and performances of his works) beyond his native country. This problematic circle is reflected in the bunch of articles dealing with the modalities of reception of Zajc’s works in Central and Eastern Europe (Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Hungary), along with the USA, and thus created multidirectional cultural transfers.</span></p><p><span lang="HR">The third proposed thematic area concerns<strong> cultural transfers </strong>in the field of music which are not directly connected with Zajc, and have been included because of comparative and illustrative reasons. Namely, the organizers’ intention was to offer insight into other examples of cultural transfer (for example, in Korea, Bulgaria and the complex of Jewish musicians) without preliminary time, space or cultural limitations, showing at the same time the universality of this phenomenon within which Zajc was just another particular case.</span></p><p><span lang="HR">This Proceedings consists of 28 articles in all, which have been equipped by all necessary scholarly apparatus. Their authors are outstanding musicologists, sociologists, media experts, composers and university professors from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea and the USA. The new documents are bringing to light the fact that Zajc used to be a composer influential also beyond his stricter national frames, along with showing the broadness of Zajc’s presence in both visual arts, and mechanical and electronical recording media.</span></p>