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Promote scientific exchange

The Cologne University of Music and Dance regularly organizes scientific and artistic-scientific symposia in the fields of musicology, music pedagogy, dance science and musicianship. As a rule, the symposia are hosted by the respective institutes: the Institute for Early Music, the Institute for New Music, the Institute for Historical Music ology (IHM), the Cologne Institute for Music Pedagogical Research (KIM) and the Peter Ostwald Institute for Musicians' Health and at the Center for Contemporary Dance in the field of dance science. Its goal is to promote scientific exchange, also in an international context, and to make the research results available to the public. Numerous symposia of the Cologne University of Music and Dance take place in cooperation with other scientific institutions and are financed with the support of important research funding communities and foundations.

International conference

Opera buffa yesterday and today

  • Conference as part of the opera performance "Le Trame deluse"
  • Directed by: Prof. Dr. Arnold Jacobshagen
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There is far too little laughter in opera today - the international repertoire focuses on tragedies by Verdi, Puccini, Wagner and many others. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, things were very different: Italian opera buffa was the most widespread form of musical theater in Europe, and composers such as Domenico Cimarosa, Giovanni Paisiello and soon above all Gioachino Rossini dominated the repertoire. On the occasion of the performances of Cimarosa's Le trame deluse, an international conference with speakers from Germany, Italy, Austria, France, Great Britain and Belgium will examine this special repertoire and invite the audience to join in the discussion.

Friday, April 19, 3.00-6.00 p.m.
Opera buffa - yesterday and today

Saturday, April 20, 10.00-13.00
The origins of opera buffa

Saturday, April 20, 3.00-6.30 p.m.
Domenico Cimarosa and his time

Sunday, April 21, 9.30-13.30
Opera buffa in the 19th and 20th centuries

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GfM Annual Conference 2024

The Society for Music Research invites you to Cologne! Together with the University of Cologne, the Cologne University of Music and Dance is organizing the GfM Annual Conference 2024 from 11 - 14 September on the topic of COLLABORATIONS ∞ Against Methodological Compulsion. The topics of the two main symposia are also interdisciplinary and cross-methodological: the HfMT will be looking for "Musical Perspectives in Artistic Research": Acoustic Research. In contrast, the University of Cologne will focus on "Transdisciplinary approaches between historical and systematic methods" - on musical experience. In addition, there will be free papers and panels from the broad spectrum of current music research.


Application deadline:

  • March 1, 2024


All interested parties - especially young researchers - are cordially invited to participate in the conference with contributions on the broad spectrum of current music research. Proposals can also relate to the overarching theme COLLABORATIONS ∞ Against the Methodological Compulsion or reflect the contexts of the two main symposia. Possible formats are: Free paper, poster presentation, free panel or roundtable, specialist group symposium, presentation of research projects as well as experimental formats such as audio papers, soundlectures or listening sessions.

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Regardless of whether you want to attend the conference as a contributor or as a guest: Please register on our ConfTool administration platform, where you can also submit your applications.


The conference program is grouped around the two main symposia Acoustic Research and Musical Experience. Further information on the conference program will follow.


  • Cologne University of Music and Dance (Junior Professor Dr. Anna Schürmer)

Artistic research - the scientific fertilization of aesthetic procedures or the artistic negotiation of discursive processes - is increasingly taking place at German universities and colleges. Up to now, artist research has been conducted thematically, methodically and discursively across artistic disciplines. If this hybrid approach is to be understood programmatically on the one hand, its specific characteristics are still underexposed with regard to the individual arts and their research. This main symposium will then focus on the potentials and perspectives of artistic research from and on musicology and related disciplines: hence Acoustic Research. The focus is on the exploration of transfer achievements and collaborations between musicology/sound studies and music/acoustic arts - which will be explored by short-circuiting artistic and scientific ways of looking and listening to central fields of discourse of auditory media cultures in the 21st century.


  • University of Cologne (Prof. Dr. Frank Hentschel, Prof. Dr. Hauke Egermann)

Transdisciplinary approaches between historical and systematic methods
Historical and systematic musicology have grown very far apart over the past decades, even though they share a wide range of research interests. Based on the conviction that the combination of quantitative and qualitative methods or the combination of hermeneutic and psychological models can be extremely fruitful, we would like to present and discuss approaches that integrate historical and systematic perspectives. We will focus on research projects that attempt to describe and explain musical experience from the past and present.

Portrait Prof. Dr. Arnold Jacobshagen
Prof. Dr. Arnold Jacobshagen
Telephone +49 / (0)221 / 28380 - 362
Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln
Unter Krahnenbäumen 87
50668 Köln