It's a man's world? Women Artists in Europe's Music Metropolises of the Early 20th Century
Among the modernizations and upheavals that characterized Europe's modernity before World War II, the women's movement also transformed cultural and musical life. Women artists began to self-confidently raise their voices against social gender inequalities, although leading institutions and discourses continued to be dominated by men. Music metropolises such as Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Paris, or Cologne offered women diverse terrains to act artistically. In addition to traditional concert halls and opera houses as well as the salons of the upper classes, variety shows, cabarets and operetta houses functioned as new stages for musical entertainment. In this sense, experts from music and cultural studies are invited to discuss women artists in their urban spaces of action and to present metropolises of Europe as places of women's art. The lecture series takes place in cooperation with the cultural project Musica non grata.
Conception and direction
Prof. Dr. Sabine Meine, PD Dr. Kai Hinrich Müller | Cologne University of Music and Dance
Programme of Lectures
Wed 13 April 2022 from 6 p.m. | Watch LIVE on-line
"The women's question is a social revolution!" The women's movement in the 19th and 20th centuries. Themes, actors, forms of protest.
Lecturer: Dr. Kerstin Wolff (Archiv der deutschen Frauenbewegung, Kassel)
Wed 20 April 2022 from 6 p.m. | Watch LIVE on-line
"A class set up for their needs." Transfers of musical education for women between Leipzig and Copenhagen.
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Yvonne Wasserloos (HFMT Rostock)
Wed 4 May 2022 from 6 p.m. | Watch LIVE on-line
"Alma Mahler-Werfel's Salon in the Villa Ast on the Hohe Warte (1932-1938). State-supporting place or intellectually open forum?"
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Susanne Rode-Breymann (HMTM Hannover)
Wed 11 May 2022 from 6 p.m. | Watch LIVE on-line
Serious Ambitions: Nadia Boulanger, Raoul Pugno and the Composition of »La Ville morte«.
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Jeanice Brooks (University of Southampton)
Wed 18 May2022 from 6 p.m. | Watch LIVE on-line
"What if I were young again?" Strategien der Maskerade in Ethel Smyths »Suffrage Music«.
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Cornelia Bartsch (TU Dortmund)
Wed 25 May 2022 from 6 p.m. | Watch LIVE on-line
"Modern girl?" Voice, Acting and Women's Empowerment in Berlin's Popular Music Theatres at the Beginning of the 20th Century.
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Carolin Stahrenberg (Soukromá univerzita Antona Brucknera v Linci)
Wed 1 June 2022 from 6 p.m. | Watch LIVE on-line
"Career in Cologne." The composer Maria Herz before her exile in 1935.
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Sabine Meine (HFMT Köln)
Wed 8 June 2022 from 6 p.m. | Watch LIVE on-line
"Self-staging as a Beethoven priestess: The pianist Elly Ney (1882-1968)."
Lecturer: Dr. Beate Kraus (Beethoven-Haus Bonn)
Wed 15 June 2022 from 6 p.m. | Watch LIVE on-line
Julie Reisserová (1888-1938): A Czech Woman Composer of Importance.
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Jean-Paul Montagnier (Université de Lorraine)
Wed 22 June 2022 from 6 p.m. | Watch LIVE on-line
"Vigorous Music Worlds." The artistic emancipation of the musician Smaragda Eger-Berg.
Lecturer: Dr. Anna Ricke (HFM Detmold/Universität Paderborn)
Wed 29 June 2022 from 6 p.m. | Watch LIVE on-line
"Women musicians in Terezín."
Lecturer: PD Dr. Kai Hinrich Müller (HFMT Köln)
Wed 6 July 2022 from 6 p.m. | Watch LIVE on-line
"From Tosca to Lulu". Opera divas of the early 20th century and their leading roles.
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Arnold Jacobshagen (HFMT Köln)