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FT-62070-14

Karen Anne Leistra-Jones
Franklin and Marshall College (Lancaster, PA 17603-2802)

Curating the Musical Museum: The Brahms Circle and Modern Performance

During the nineteenth century, a type of musical performance that emphasized the faithful presentation of canonic works became a new norm. The group of performers surrounding Johannes Brahms played a major role in this development. My book project examines the activities and self-representations of this group through concert reviews, autobiographies, visual depictions, and the musical works that they played. It explores how musical performance engaged with constructions of authenticity, religion, nationality, race, and gender; in doing so, it illuminates the social and cultural resonances of an approach to performance that has persisted into our own time. Funds from the NEH summer stipend will be used to support a chapter on the intersections between musical performance and religious concepts. This research will involve archival work in Berlin and Vienna, where I will examine the use of religious metaphors to describe musical performance in German-language sources from 1850 to 1900.

Project fields:
Cultural History; History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts; Music History and Criticism

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 6/30/2015