Singing, Song and Sound

European Voices VI.

International Symposium and Concerts,

27–30 September 2021, Vienna, Austria.

Place: Bockkeller, Gallitzinstraße 1, 1160 Vienna, Austria.
Language: English

The Research Centre for European Multipart Music of the Department of Folk Music Research and Ethnomusicology at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria, together with the Austrian Folk Song Society, the umbrella organisation of the Austrian Folk Music Societies in the federal provinces, and the Viennese Folk Music Society, are pleased to announce the 6th Symposium of the European Voices Series.


Johann Gottfried Herder characterised singing and song as human acts of personal and cultural agency (Herder & Bohlman 2017). These agencies are enacted musically thus centralising the idea of ‘performance’. The interplay between the textually verbalised and musical content during performance is affected by skills, habits, and tacit knowledge of the agents as well as by the cultural and contextual features of performance(s). Acquisition and transmission processes make semantic references possible in the absence of the word, as well, as in yodelling practices, for example. Furthermore, the interplay between singing practices and music performed on instruments and/or played for dancing affects our social and cultural uses and under-standings of sound.

In this framework, the intense degree of personal and cultural agency found in multipart music practices comes into sharp focus. One of the results of the tension between the objective and subjective dimensions of music and human agency within a group of performers is its characteristic and unique sound, an essential subject of study for our field. Psychoacoustic research on sound production and perception allow us to explore its features and their implications for the music making process. This is all the more necessary today, when performance processes increasingly draw on influential interchange between musical practice and documentation (e.g., in audio-visual form, in archives, on the internet, and on social media).

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Program and Abstracts


27. September 2021, 18.00 – 19.30
Alpine and Viennese songs from the archives of the Austrian and Viennese Folk Music and Song Societies
with Norbert Hauer, Else Schmidt, Herbert Zotti, presentation by Irene Egger.

28. September 2021, 18:30 – 20:00
Mountain and Kitchen Voices
Schwarzenberg Dreigsang / Bergfex & Kuchihuck

30. September 2021, 18.30 – 20 Uhr
A musical evening with the Mischwerk ensemble
With Maria Stippich, Helmut Stippich, Nikolai Tunkowitsch, Reinhard Uhl

Costs: There will be no registration fee, participants are responsible for travel and accommodation expenses, except evening programs 28. and 30. September are with admission fee: Information and Registration at the Viennese Folk Music Society: