Our first Special of the new year is devoted to the weighty topic of criticism: we conceive of the term broadly—as constructive feedback in teaching here at the mdw, as traditional music criticism in the media, and as a constituent element of society and democracy—and offer insights into the experiences had by artists.

Ulrike Sych
Ulrike Sych ©Inge Prader, 2017

This issue also focuses on the importance of the mdw Youth Master Classes for the next generation of musicians, as well as on the plans of world-renowned tenor Michael Schade for his period as mdw Artist in Residence this summer.

January saw the mdw open the Music Therapy Research Centre Vienna (WZMF) in cooperation with the Medical University of Vienna. With its focus on children, adolescents, and families, this institution has an important societal contribution to make.

With an eye to the new tasks associated with research and publishing with which the digital age is confronting researchers, we inform you on the current state of research data management at the mdw. How the world of “Web 2.0” has changed our music listening habits, on the other hand, is shown by new research findings from the Department of Music Sociology.

Furthermore, this issue includes an interview about work behind the camera with students from the Department of Film and Television – Film Academy Vienna, and on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Claude Debussy’s death, mdw Magazine takes a look at his seminal oeuvre. Finally, an extensive photo series provides a look at a “typical” day of a student at the Max Reinhardt Seminar—from morning body work to role coaching and on to an evening theatre performance.

I wish you an interesting read!

Unterschrift Sych

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