Symposium on Richard Wagner's use of the bass trumpet and bass/contrabass tuba

Everyone is welcome to join a one-day symposium Farbe und Atmosphäre im tiefen Schweben – Basstrompete und Bass-/Kontrabasstuba im Orchesterklang Richard Wagners at the Musikinstrumentenmuseum der Universität Leipzig (live and online) to be held on Thursday 30 June 2022 from 10:00 CEST. Prof. Dr. Klaus Aringer (Kunstuniversität Graz) will be giving the keynote presentation at 10:45 CEST. Papers and discussions will be held in German and English.

His orchestra is famously known as "harmony's realised thought, in its highest, most alive form for movement" (Oper und Drama, 3. Teil, IV). So much has already been said about Richard Wagner´s conception of sound, yet when we speak of the "colour" of his orchestra, our knowledge surrounding the bass trumpet and the bass / contrabass tuba is still in its infancy. These valved low brass instruments (labrosones) should not be relegated to the periphery; their sound worlds creates unique atmospheres in Wagner´s œuvre, while the strong, chromatic tone production in the tenor and bass registers is made possible with technology, through which efforts towards an audible hegemony in the age of nation-building and imperialism made its appearance. The aim of this symposium is to approach the conception of low brass instruments in Wagner´s work by addressing a characteristic facet of instrument manufacture, and the application of technical innovations in instrumentation.

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To join virtually, please use the following link: Prior registration is not necessary.