Mag.a Elisabeth Reisinger, BA

Principal Investigator (Senior Postdoc) – FWF-funded project “Performers as Commissioners of New Music in the Twentieth Century” | Secretary General of the Austrian Society for Musicology (ÖGMw)

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Research Topics

  • Promotion/funding of music by performers (20th & 21st cent.)
  • Benny Goodman (20th cent.)
  • Encounters of "classical" music, jazz and popular music (20th cent.)
  • Austrian musicians in exile and emigration in the US (20th cent.)
  • Performance, reception and context of Franz Liszt's music in Rome (19th cent.)
  • Court/aristocratic music culture in the German-speaking region (18th/early 19th cent.)
  • Cultural and social history of music

Short Bio

Elisabeth Reisinger studied musicology and history at the University of Vienna, where she was engaged in several research projects on music at the Bonn Court in the late eighteenth century (2013–2018). In 2019, she was a postdoc fellow at the Austrian Historical Institute in Rome and subsequently at Harvard University’s Department of Music. In August 2020, she returned to the University of Vienna to complete her FWF-Schrödinger-project on Benny Goodman. Before she started her current position at the mdw, she held a short term research fellowship by the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel. Since 2017, she has been Secretary General of the Austrian Society for Musicology.

Reisinger’s research articulates a relational conception of music as a vibrant and dynamic sociocultural practice, driven by a specific interest in the relationships, networks, and agencies of musical actors, as well as the dynamics in the field of patronage. While in her diploma thesis she dealt with the institutional structures and economies in which musicians were embedded in the early nineteenth century, her dissertation was positioned in the field of patronage research and focused on Maximilian Franz of Habsburg-Lorraine, Elector of Cologne, as a musical actor and patron in the second half of the eighteenth century. In an additional research project on Franz Liszt, Reisinger further focused on one performer and broadened her research scope in the fields of performance and reception history. In her current project, she highlights the economic and creative involvement of performers in processes of musical creation and repertoire formation.

Upcoming Lectures / Conference Papers / Events

"Performers as Commissioners of New Music in the Twentieth Century" Project Presentation - guest lecture in the context of the lecture series "Overview Musicology" at the University for Music and Performings Arts Vienna", 15 December, 2022

"Antoinette Vischers 'List einer Frau'? Selbst- und Fremdkonzeptionen einer Schweizer Musikerin in den 1950er/60er Jahren" - guest lecture in the context of the colloquium "Gender Studies: Werkstattberichte und musikwissenschaftliche Positionen" at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, online, 9 January, 2023

“‘some sort of machine without a body’ – György Ligeti and Antoinette Vischer negotiate the modern harpsichord” - paper at “Kylwiria and Other Explorations – An international musicological conference on György Ligeti’s centenary,” Vienna & Budapest, 10–13 May 2023

Recent Publications

"Zwischen Wien, Bonn und Modena: Erzherzog Maximilian Franz und die kurkölnischen Musiksammlungen." Studien zur Musikwissenschaft 61 (2022), 41–71 (with Birgit Lodes and John D. Wilson)

Musik machen – fördern – sammeln. Erzherzog Maximilian Franz im Wiener und Bonner Musikleben (Schriften zur Beethovenforschung 31; Musik am Bonner kurfürstlichen Hof 3), Bonn: Beethoven-Haus, 2020


  • “More Than One ‘Double Life:’ Artistic Conceptions, Networks, and Negotiations in Benny Goodman’s Commissions to Paul Hindemith and Darius Milhaud” (manuscript accepted for the Journal of the Society for American Music)
  • "Benny Goodman als Auftraggeber klassischer Musik – ein (doch nicht so) überraschendes Vermächtnis" (in preparation for the conference proceedings of the XVII. International Congress of the German Musicological Society)

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