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Third-party-funded project

Incidental music - aesthetics and function the drama of the 16th and 17th century

Project management at the University of Würzburg:

Participating scientists:


Music has been an essential part of dramatic performance since ancient times. Whereas the existence of compositions for Shakespearian plays or French classical drama is well known, we are lacking information about German speaking countries. This is true referring both to historical situation and text tradition. For some plays there is indeed music ? mostly ignored by modern editions; other texts allude to well known melodies. Above all hints in side texts (stage directions etc.), the metrical shape and the dramaturgical process are prove to musical performance. For the dramatic frame (prologue, epilogue, interludia) music is established; for certain parts of the play it can be regarded to be obligatory. Historical evidence shows the function of music in drama. Musical rhetoric and aesthetics explain the dramatic effect expected.  

Key words:
    incidental music

Projekt period: from 02.2007 to 08.2008

Funding institution:
DFG ,Granting date: 15.9.2006