New Music in History Writing and New Approaches to Writing Music History

The Department of Musicology, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, and the Estonian Musicological Society will organize a conference „New Music in History Writing and New Approaches to Writing Music History” in Tallinn, 2–4 February 2012.

The conference will address two related issues: (1) how to integrate the survey of recent decades (approximately 1960 and after) with the discussion of earlier periods in writing music history and (2) recent changes in the thematic scope and methodological approaches used in studying and writing music histories. The conference is planned to support an ongoing work of a project group at the department compiling a general history of Estonian music (or Music in Estonia) from early centuries up to the end of the 20th century. The organizers are: professor Urve Lippus (chair of the Dept. of Musicology), professor Toomas Siitan (president of the Estonian Musicological Society), associate professors Kristel Pappel and Anu Kõlar, secretary Anu Veenre ( Information about the conference will be currently published on the website of the Estonian Musicological Society (

All sessions take place at Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Auditorium A402 (Rävala pst 16, Tallinn). Theses: Conference abstracts

Conference program

Thursday, February 2

13.00–14.00 Registration Seminar room (C209)

14.00 Opening concert Organ Hall (A404)


15.00 Session 1: What kind of story?

Chair: Professor Toomas Siitan

Urve Lippus (EAMT) “Introduction to the project “Estonian Music History/ History of Music in Estonia””

Markus Mantere (Sibelius Academy) “Beginnings of musicology in Finland”

Olli Heikkinen (University of Tampere) and and Vesa Kurkela (Sibelius Academy) “Rethinking “Finnish” music history”


17.00 Session 2: Expanding the subject

Chair: Professor Urve Lippus

Alf Arvidsson (Umeå University) “An ethnographical approach to Art Music”

Liisi Laanemets (EAMT) “Folk music movement in Estonia in the 1960s–1970s and the institutionalization of Seto leelo choirs”

Justin A. Williams (Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge) “Historicizing the breakbeat: Hip-hop’s origins and authenticity”

Friday, February 3

9.30 Session 3: Margins

Chair: Dr. Martin Loeser

Jonas Vilimas (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre) “Writing history of Christian music in post-Christian Europe. The case of Christopher Page”

Anu Kõlar (EAMT) “The complex story of Estonian church music in the 20th century”


11.00 Keynote lecture

Jim Samson (Royal Holloways, University of London) “Greece and its neighbours”


14.00 Session 4: Opera

Chair: Professor Andreas Waczkat

Kristel Pappel (EAMT) “Research methods of theatre studies in music history writing: representation of recent developments

Sanna K. Iitti (independent scholar, Finland) “The sentimental style in W. A. Mozart’s Così fan tutte

Beata Baublinskienė (Lithuanian Composers’ Union/ Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre)

“The history of national opera in Lithuania – A continuous evolution or fragmented pastiche?“


16.00 Session 5: New music

Chair: Dr. Martin Knust

Anu Veenre (EAMT) “Reception of new music in Estonia, last decades of the Soviet period”

Mark Lawrence (Welsh College of Music and Drama/ City University London) “The music of Veljo Tormis: a legacy”

Ieva Gintere (Latvian Academy of Music) “Concept music: a new trend in the Latvian contemporary music and musicology”

19.00 Dinner for the conference participants

Saturday, February 4

9.30 Session 6: Modernism and postmodernism

Chair: Dr. Kristel Pappel

Walter Kreyszig (University of Saskatchewan, Canada/ University of Vienna) “The Second Viennese School of composition in the context of acculturation, globalization, interculturality, and multiculturalism: On the dissemination of atonality and dodecaphony beyond the border of Austria”

Jānis Kudiņš (Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music) “The notion of style and peculiarities of its perception within the context of music study of 20th century modernism and postmodernism”

Andreas Waczkat (University of Göttingen) “Modernism and Postmodernism in both parts of post-war Germany. Writing music history against Adorno”


11.30 Session 7: Professionals and amateurs

Chair: Dr. Anu Kõlar

Martin Loeser (University of Greifswald) ““Kleinmeister”, dance masters, women and everyday life. What are the fundaments of music history?”

Heidi Heinmaa (EAMT/ National Library of Estonia) “Music history without music: musical life in Tallinn in the 18th century after the Great Northern War”


14.00 Session 8: Changing the perspective

Chair: Professor Jim Samson

Helena Tyrväinen (University of Helsinki) “Progress and renewal – Analysing post-Treaty-of-Versailles Finnish ideas on musical creation”

Luk Vaes (Orpheus Institute/ Royal Conservatory The Hague) “Writing new histories: the importance of the artistic perspective”

Anu Schaper (EAMT) “Mobility of musicians and dissemination of music in eastern Baltic

area in the second half of the 17th century: cross-cultural approach as a model for constructing the local music history”


16.00 Session 9: Outsider’s view

Chair: Professor Urve Lippus

Elke Albrecht (University of Vienna) “Researching into Kalevala operas”

Martin Knust (University of Stockholm) “Music and nationality – Some specific problems in writing a music history of post-Soviet Estonia”

Final discussion, conclusions

19.00 Concert Estonia Concert Hall (Estonia pst. 4, free tickets for the conference participants)