German Research Society (DFG) - Project

Theaterbilder und Musik

(Theatre Images and Music)

This project at the Musicological Institute of the Johannes Gutenberg-Universitšt Mainz is part of the framework by the German Research Society (DFG) 'Theatralitšt - Theater als kulturelles Modell der Kulturwissenschaft' (Theatrical forms - Theatre as cultural model of cultural studies') under the direction of Prof. Dr. Erika Fischer-Lichte (Technische Uniersitšt Berlin).

The focus of the research is on the music which accompanied the preliminary forms of the modern film in the 19th century (e.g. diorama, panorama and tableaux vivants). The developement of the music connected to these pictorial creations can be regarded as "history" of the 'invention' of film music. Because of this connection of the various arts within these visual 'worlds', the project gains an explicit interdisciplinary character.

The current status of the project is a collection of all relevant documents available of the period between 1820 and 1900. In this case source material, reviews, theatre sheets and programms are to be collected. Eventually the results will be published in two volumes: comprising one study and one documentary volume. Further publications are planned as well as talks which should be given at several conferences in the future.

Every piece of advice, concerning general or special interest, literature or souce material, is welcome. Also everyone is invited to contact the project . We would be very pleased about a lively correspondence.

For more detailed information about the project please link to the abstract or the more detailed sketch.

Head of Project: Prof. Chr.-H. Mahling
Scientific Collaborator: Dr. A. Mungen
Staff: Sonja Fischer, Andreas Jaensch and Stefan Simon

Johannes Gutenberg-Universitšt Mainz
Institut für Kunstgeschichte und Musikwissenschaft
Abteilung Musikwissenschaft
Projekt Theaterbilder & Musik
Welderweg 18
D - 55099 Mainz
Telephone: +49(06131)39-22781