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“It takes courage to leave your comfort zone!”

The academic year of 2020/21 marks the birth of the mdw’s Department of Early Music—and in the following conversation, department head Stefan Gottfried and deputy head Eugène Michelangeli speak about their approaches to historically informed performance and the initial projects of this new department.

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A Viennese Harpsichord for the mdw

A central performance practice-related concern is the employment of period instruments or appropriately made replicas thereof, the investigation and mastery of which brings us closer to the music created by those who originally played on them.

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Music that Lives in the Present

The teachers at the mdw’s newly founded Department of Early Music, all of them experienced professionals with many years’ worth of expertise in their field, provided mdw Magazine with diverse insights into their relationships with early music.

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In memoriam Wolfgang Glüxam 1958–2020

This summer, on 29 July 2020, Wolfgang Glüxam passed away following a long and serious illness. We mourn a beloved friend and colleague who was a great artist and an enthusiastic teacher.

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Running the University with a Fair Ecological Footprint

For two years now, the mdw has been one of the first universities in Austria to use 100 % green power—which is just one among many examples of sustainable university management set by the initiative “green mdw”.

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Special: Sustainable mdw

Providing the best possible conditions for all members of a university community while leaving behind a fair ecological footprint is a daily challenge.

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Academia’s Responsibility to Our Climate

Conference attendance, lecture tours, guest lectureships: research is international and produces an enormous ecological footprint. So how can it be made to function in a more climate-friendly manner?

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“Up in the Air” – Artistic Careers in Times of Climate Crisis

In the September 2019 issue of the music periodical  nmz (Neue Musikzeitung) , German composer and concert educator Bernhard König published an essay entitled “Monteverdi und der Klimawandel” [Monteverdi and Climate Change]. What König wrote there represented some important food for thought for many at our institution.

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