MSA session at ASECS, St Louis March 9-11, 2023

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 53rd Annual Meeting

Relocating and Dislocating Mozart: New Contexts for Mozart’s Music [Mozart Society of America session] 

Chair: Pierpaolo Polzonetti, University of California, Davis,

What happens when the music of Mozart relocates outside the immediate contexts where or for which it originated? From Mozart’s time right up to the present day, Mozart’s music has been relocated into new contexts, on a global scale, often in new and unpredictable performative settings. The global appeal and versatility of Mozart’s music to new cultural and social contexts provoke questions about shifting and layering of values and meanings in new times and spaces. We invite contributions that place Mozart and his music into broad geographical, intellectual, social, cultural, and political contexts. Contributions might discuss issues of place, geography, and environment; aesthetics; circulation of music and material culture; patronage and economics; artistic life; reception of Mozart and his legacy; and the diverse contexts in which Mozart’s music was performed and heard.

Papers presented for Dislocating Mozart: New Contexts for Mozart’s Music were:

  1. John M. Cowan, University of Miami, “Monostatos Alla Turca: Turquerie in 18th-century Austria and Ethnic Representation in Die Zauberflöte
  2. E. Margaret Cormier, Independent, “Rape Culture and the Stone Guest: Mozart’s Don Giovanni in the Twenty-first Century”
  3. Barbara Lawatsch-Melton, Emory University, “Idomeneo as Ecocriticism: Ancient Origins, Early Modern Appropriations, and Peter Sellars’ Salzburg Festival Production (2019)”

Papers presented for Relocating Mozart: New Contexts for Mozart’s Music were:

  1. Mary Lucia T. Darst, University of Oxford, “Modes of Networking: Mozart Family Case Study”
  2. Michael Goetjen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “Concert Music or Theater Music: Genre and Aesthetics in Mozart’s Concert Arias”
  3. Lily Kass, Peabody Institute, “The Magic Flute, Sung in English”