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Research Colloquium: Hannah Schneider (Oxford), Joshua Balance (Oxford), Jason Weir (Oxford)

April 27 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm


Title TBC (Hannah Schneider), ‘The Path to the New Note: A Computational Analysis of Interval Distributions in the Music of Webern (Joshua Balance), Real and Imagined Viennas: Josef Schrammel’s ‘Orientreise’ (Jason Weir)

If you are a University member, please sign up using this form by 4pm on the day. If you are a non-University member, please email ella.marshall-shepherd@sjc.ox.ac.uk.

Abstract for ‘Real and Imagined Viennas: Josef Schrammel’s ‘Orientreise’ (Jason Weir)’:

This paper tells the story of a seventeen-year-old violinist and three other folk musicians from Vienna’s western suburbs who undertook a seventeen-month music tour of the Middle East. Josef Schrammel’s ‘Orientreise’ from December 1869 to May 1871 coincided with the burgeoning musical life of his home district of Neulerchenfeld-Ottakring, the opening of the Suez Canal in November 1869, and the latter stages of an urban modernisation programme in Cairo. Using Josef’s ‘Tagebuch’ as a guide, as well as accounts from published travel writers of the era, I highlight the experiences of this Viennese troupe within the context of conflicting provincial, cosmopolitan, and imperial identities. The ensemble’s interactions with a Tyrolean music society in Alexandria and Josef’s observations of Europeanised districts in Cairo and Constantinople offer intriguing insights into competing imperial visions and the blurred boundaries between reality and myth which were also found in Viennese suburban vernacular culture. The world of the Heurige – the wine taverns of Vienna’s Vororte or outer districts – became the setting for the Schrammel brothers’ later success as founders of the Schrammel Quartet. By examining the topography of these Vororte and the remapping of vernacular traditions through the Schrammel phenomenon, I argue that Josef’s tour of the Middle East reveals the power of imagined place in disrupting the relationship of centre and periphery. I propose that it is the distant view from the east-facing slopes of the Wienerwald, the suburban Fernblick, which can become the vantage point for a consideration of alternative musical centres in late nineteenth-century Vienna.)

About the series:

The Colloquia feature leading figures, as well as younger scholars, from across the world. They present their research in papers on all kinds of music-related topics. Graduate students Ella Marshall-Shepherd and Dylan Price organise the series. Presentations are followed by a discussion and virtual drinks reception. Free and open to all Music Faculty students and members. Please email ella.marshall-shepherd@sjc.ox.ac.uk to sign up for the colloquium.


April 27
5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
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