ADORNO50° WIEN-Siena 2019

In occasion of the 50th anniversary of the death of Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969), the Justus Liebig University Gießen, the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in collaboration with the Viennese Centre for Research on Arnold Schönberg, and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, together with the Fondazione Giorgio Cini (Venice), will host two conferences dedicated to a wide area of thought outlined by the philosopher. The topics will include music writing, performance of musical texts and the most current forms of music mediation. Adorno’s essays will be examined in the light of recent acquisitions of the humanities and musical praxis.

The first appointment Music, Writing, Difference – An Interdisciplinary Conference on Adorno’s Theory of Musical Reproduction (Vienna, 3-5 April 2019) is part of the international research project Writing Music, directed by Federico Celestini (Universität Innsbruck), Matteo Nanni (Universität Gießen), Simon Obert (Paul Sacher Stiftung Basel), Nikolaus Urbanek (Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien). Work will focus on the relationship between notation and sound production, a major subject in Adorno’s unfinished book Towards a Theory of Musical Reproduction.

This text will be also a key topic at the second conference The Mediations of Music: Theodor W. Adorno’s Critical Musicology Today (Siena, 21-23 November 2019), coordinated by Gianmario Borio with the support of Stefano Jacoviello, Nicola Sani and Stefano Velotti. The relationship between sign and sound will be investigated along with the mediations of music that mechanical reproduction and electronic technologies have made possible.


Le mediazioni della musica: La musicologia critica di Theodor W. Adorno oggi
21-23 Novembre 2019

Ideazione e Coordinamento: Gianmario Borio
Supporto: Stefano Jacoviello, Nicola Sani, Stefano Velotti

Palazzo Chigi Saracini, Salone dei concerti, h 17:30
Apertura: Nicola Sani (Accademia Musicale Chigiana), Gianmario Borio (Università di Pavia)

H 18:00
Giacomo ManzoniAdorno: his life, his legacy
(conferenza in italiano)

H 19 – 20:30
Concerto: Adorno Quartet

Palazzo Chigi Saracini, Teatrino, h 10:00-13:00
Music in the Electronic Age and The Questions of Mediation– La musica nell’era elettronica e i problemi della mediazione
[Reference text: Current of Music]
Dieter Mersch (Hochschule der Künste, Zürich)
Michela Garda (Università di Pavia)
Esteban Buch (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris)
ConduceMatteo Nanni (Universität Gießen)

Lunch break 13:00-15:00

Palazzo Chigi Saracini, Teatrino, h 15:00-18:30
Notation and Perfomance – Notazione ed esecuzione
[Reference text: Zur Theorie der musikalischen Reproduktion – Towards a Theory of Musical Reproduction]
Andreas Meyer (Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Stuttgart)
Daniel Leech-Wilkinson (King’s College, London)
Alessandro Cecchi (Università di Pisa)
ConduceGianmario Borio (Università di Pavia)

Teatro dei Rinnovati, Piazza del Campo, h 21:00
MICAT IN VERTICE Concerto di apertura

Palazzo Chigi Saracini, Teatrino, h 10:00-13:00
Music on Screen – Musica sullo schermo
[Reference text: Adorno/Eisler, Komposition für den Film (Composing for the Films)]
Lydia Goehr (Columbia University)
James Buhler (University of Texas, Austin)
Guido Heldt (University of Bristol)
ConduceStefano Velotti (Università di Roma – La Sapienza)

Lunch break 13:00-15:00

Palazzo Chigi Saracini, Teatrino, h 15:00-18:30
The Universe of Recorded Music – L’universo della musica registrata
[Reference text: Adorno, On Popular Music]
Vincenzo Caporaletti (Università di Macerata)
Makis Solomos (Université Paris 8)
Ralf von Appen (Universität Gießen)
ConduceStefano Jacoviello (Università di Siena)

Consulta il sito dell’Accademia Musicale Chigiana