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Symposium Klang - Ton – Wort/Sound – Tone – Word: Musical Dimensions in the Work of Marcel Beyer

Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany

This interdisciplinary symposium featuring concerts, readings, panel discussions and a workshop with students explores the musical-sound dimension of the work of Marcel Beyer. In his award-winning pieces, the writer has dealt in a unique way with the boundaries between literature, music and cultural theory. His oeuvre, which includes five libretti in addition to novels, poems and essays, pays special attention to the acoustic, while always taking into consideration questions of portrayal, systematization and performance. The first part of the symposium examines music and sound in Beyer's texts, while the second is devoted to Beyer's impulses for contemporary music. Aimed at a new concert form, the piece Es kommt ein A (Beyer/Tsangaris) and Wespe by Poppe (text by Beyer) offers a spoken-word concert. A supplementary workshop by Beyer with students will center on the challenges of new musical theater and the contemporary phenomena of the interaction between music, sound and language. The interdisciplinary symposium, financed by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, focuses on Marcel Beyer as a central figure in contemporary German literature.

November 4 – 6, 2019
Friedrich Schiller University and Schiller's Garden House, Jena, Germany

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