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Special: The Arts and Health

Viele von uns kennen das vielleicht: Wenn sich die ersten Rückenschmerzen im Alltag auftun, wird einem bewusst, dass man einfach nicht jünger wird und ein bisschen mehr Bewegung wahrscheinlich auch kein Fehler wäre.

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Experiencing—and Learning from— Music’s Effects on Health

Stärkung des Wohlbefindens, Ablenkung von Krankheit und Sorgen, Burnout-Prävention, Verminderung des Stress-Levels: Musik im Gesundheitsbereich hat vielfache Wirkungen. Die mdw ist durch ihre Lehrenden und Studierenden an diversen Musik- und Forschungsprojekten im Gesundheitsbereich beteiligt.

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Art and Health

A conversation about the healthy practice of one’s art, the situation in everyday professional life, and ways of creating awareness with Vice Rector for Organisational Development, Gender, & Diversity Gerda Müller, Department of Music and Movement Education/Rhythmics and Music Physiology head Bernhard Riebl, and the newly arrived voice professor Eva Maria Riedl-Buschan, Department of Vocal Studies and Music Theatre.

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“Even Hans Zimmer doesn’t want to copy Hans Zimmer”

A conversation about music in the cinematic realm, communication, and royalties paid in tuna fish with the newly appointed film music professor Walter Werzowa, media composition and applied music professor Judit Varga, film directing student Wolf-Maximilian Liebich, and film editing graduate Barbara Seidler.

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Hollywood and Exile – A Creative Symbiosis

The early decades of the 20th century witnessed three waves of emigration from Europe, the first of which occurred prior to and during World War I. European artists thus played a role in shaping US film from the very beginning—and the studio system, which became a foundation of American film’s success story, was in fact largely created by émigrés.

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Special: Conducting

The “language” of conductors consists of gestures and motions. For those who haven’t mastered them, they’re frequently intriguing to watch—and for all those who have, they represent just one aspect of those numerous important skills that are essential to communicating with musicians, an orchestra, or a choir.

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“Music is a living, continually developing art”

To numerous Viennese music lovers, Sian Edwards has been a familiar name for many years, now—thanks to her collaboration with Klangforum Wien and the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and by virtue of numerous Theater an der Wien appearances conducting works such as Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire, Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, and Giuseppe Verdi’s La traviata.

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“Self-confidence can be illusory”

This October, the internationally celebrated 44-year-old conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada will begin teaching at the mdw. In the following conversation, he explains the approach he’ll take.

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Conductors – A Sea Change

It is as dictators at the rostrum that figures such as Teodor Currentzis, Arturo Toscanini, and Herbert von Karajan are frequently described, in contrast to the principle of democratic leadership exemplified by such figures as Bruno Walter, Marie Jacquot, and Johannes Wildner. But must a conductor indeed work differently these days, and have the demands being made of conductors changed?

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