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Music, Cinema, and Modernism. The Works and Heritage of Kurt Weill between Europe and America

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Virtual Conference, 20-21 May 2021

Keynote Speakers

Nils Grosch (Universität Salzburg)

Stephen Hinton (Stanford University)

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PROGRAMME

THURSDAY 20 MAY

13.30-14.00 Opening and Welcome

  • Giulia Carluccio (Università degli studi di Torino)
  • Kim Kowalke (The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music)
  • Fulvia Morabito (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Lucca)

14.00-16.00 Session 1

(Chair: Andrea Malvano, Università degli studi di Torino)

  • Wolfgang Rumpf (Radio Bremen),Treading the Line Between Operetta, Dance Music, European Avant-Garde and American Jazz: The Work and Heritage of Kurt Weill
  • Kara McKechnie (University of Leeds), Street Scene– Adaptation and Intercultural ‘Blend’
  • Sara Torrenzieri (Università degli studi di Bologna), La musica nel teatro brechtiano: teoria musicale e collaborazioni con Weill
  • Roberto Calabretto (Università degli studi di Udine) – Antonio Ferrara(Fondazione Ugo e Olga Levi), L’instabile esistenza delle canzoni di Kurt Weill nella distribuzione cinematografica internazionale: due casi di studio

16.15-18.15 Session 2

(Chair: Tim Carter, University of North Carolina)

  • William A. Everett (University of Missouri, Kansas City, KS), Kurt Weill and the American Operetta Tradition: «The Firebrand of Florence»and «Where Do We Go from Here»?
  • Tobias Fasshauer (Universität der Künste Berlin), «Hard to Distinguish from Cole Porter»: On the Deeper Truth of an Invective by Adorno
  • Naomi Graber (The University of Georgia, GA), ‘Steel Veins’: Technology, Nature, and the Documentary in «Railroads on Parade»
  • Rebecca Schmid (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Street Scenes

18.15-18.30 Break

18.30-19.30 Keynote Speaker 1

(Chair: Kim Kowalke, The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music)

  • Stephen Hinton (Stanford University, CA): Weill’s Cinematic Imagination 

FRIDAY 21 MAY

9.30-10.30 Session 3

(Chair: Marida Rizzuti, Università degli studi di Torino)

  • Andrew Holden (Oxford Brookes University), Weill’s «Lestofanti» in Italy: Changing Perspectives on «Die Dreigroschenoper»1930-1950
  • Valentina Garavaglia (Università IULM, Milano), Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill e il Piccolo Teatro

10.45-11.45

(Chair: Giaime Alonge, Università degli studi di Torino)

  • PaoloSoddu (Università degli studi di Torino), Brecht-Weill nazionale popolare? «L’Opera da tre soldi», Strehler, Milly, Milva, Modugno e gli altri
  • Stefano Lombardi Vallauri (Università IULM, Milano), Weill Reception in Popular Song: Vocal Interpretation from Louis Armstrong to Lou Reed to… Kurt Weill

11.45-13.15

(Chair: Pietro Cavallotti, Università degli studi di Torino)

  • Giacomo Albert (Università degli studi di Bologna), Prismi di idee: diffrazione dell’immagine di Weill nella critica e nella musicologia italiane
  • Leo Izzo – Angela Ida De Benedictis (Paul Sacher Stiftung, Basel), Weill e l’avanguardia italiana del secondo dopoguerra

15.00-17.30 Session 4

(Chair: Ilario Meandri, Università degli studi di Torino)

  • Francesco Finocchiaro (Conservatorio ‘C. Pollini’, Padova), On the Principle of Concertante Music: Kurt Weill’s Solution to the Problem of Film Music
  • Carolin Stahrenberg (Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz), Multiple Voices: Casting, Dramaturgy and Composition in German Premieres of «The Threepenny Opera», «White Horse Inn» and «Call Mr. Plim»
  • Julia Heimerdinger (Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien), «I think if we had more freedom, we would all of us write better and possibly more contemporary music»: Discovering an Unknown 1945 Hollywood Panel Discussion on the “Role of Modern Music in the Modern Film”
  • Pieter Mannaerts (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), Dancing with the Vampire: Wolfgang Zeller’s Music for Carl Theodor Dreyer’s «Vampyr» (1932)
  • Caroline Hoebens (Sorbonne Université, Paris), The View on Sound in Film of the Dutch Avant-garde Movement Filmliga and the First Sound Films of Joris Ivens

17.30-18.00 Break

Lesson – Song Performance

(Music by Kurt Weill)

Introduction by Andrea Malvano

Laura Capretti, mezzosoprano – Sandro Zanchi, pf

Programme:

Speak Low, Salomon Song,

Mack the Knife, Pirate Jenny,

Foolish Heart, Lost in the Star 

18.00-19.00 Keynote Speaker 2

(Chair: Alberto Rizzuti, Università degli studi di Torino)

  • Nils Grosch (Univeristät Salzburg), How many Weills?: Negotiating a Musician’s Identity
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