Symposium "One Europe - two cultures: Western and Eastern musical tradition in comparison"


Nov. 1, 2016, midnight

Symposium "One Europe - two cultures: Western and Eastern musical tradition in comparison"

This one-week symposium was initiated by HSC and carried out in cooperation with Lviv Music Academy and Ukrainian Catholic University.

The event offered a number of lectures: K. Zagnitko spoke about the gregorian chant, Prof. Nataliia Syrotynska about the byzantine monodic tradition in Ukraine, Prof. Yurii Yasinovsky about polyphonic music in Ukraine, Prof. Maria Kachmar about music notation in the East, and Prof. Lilia Nazar about F. X. Mozart. The symposium was opened with the concert of music from J. S. Bach's Orgelbüchlein and closed with a concert of early music from both parts of Europe.

The symposium aimed to take a closer look at the early music from Western and Eastern Europe and to demonstrate mutual influences. The questions we looked into were the following ones: what music was performed in Kyiv and Lviv in times of Vivaldi and Bach? What influence has the activity of Józef Elsner had on the musical life of Lviv? And why had Mozart's son decided to spend a great part of his life in this city?

The foreground of the symposium consisted of lectures that offered information about the state of research in the field of early music in Ukraine. Still, the true exchange between the speakers and participants developed outside the lectures. In the cozy cafe atmosphere, vivid discussions took place, ideas were shared, and above all, new plans for the future optimisation of cultural exchange between the West and the East were outlined.
 

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