Singing, Song and Sound

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#Wissenschaftlicher Vortrag/Symposium

Dienstag, 28.9. von 09:00 bis 20:00

Wiener Volksliedwerk - Bockkeller
Gallitzinstraße 1
1160 Wien

Singing, Song, and Sound
European Voices VI
Symposium and Performances
27–30 September 2021

Johann Gottfried Herder characterized singing and song as human acts of personal and cultural agency (Herder & Bohlman 2017). These agencies are enacted musically, thus centralizing the idea of “performance.” The interplay between the textually verbalized and musical content during performance is affected by skills, habits, and tacit knowledge of the agents, as well as by the cultural and contextual features of performance(s). Acquisition and transmission processes make semantic references possible in the ab-sence of the word, as well, as in yodeling practices, for example. Furthermore, the interplay between sing-ing practices and music performed on instruments and/or played for dancing affects our social and cultural uses and understandings of sound.

In this framework, the intense degree of personal and cultural agency found in multipart music practices comes into sharp focus. One of the results of the tension between the objective and subjective dimensions of music and human agency within a group of performers is its characteristic and unique sound, an essential subject of study for our field. Psychoacoustic research on sound production and perception allow us to explore its features and their implications for the music-making process. This is all the more necessary today, when performance processes increasingly draw on influential interchange between musical practice and documentation (e.g., in audio-visual form, in archives, on the internet, and on social media).

The symposium will focus on the diverse ways that singing, song, and sound emerge and are experienced, based on personal and cultural agencies, and their effect on the practice and its discourse.

All events can be attended both on site and online.

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Free admission for the lectures.
Admission fee for the evening performance on 28 September 2021, 18.30–20.00:
on site: € 15 / €13 (members of the wvlw) / € 10 (pupils and students)
online: € 10

Information and Registration: / Tel: (+43) 1 416 23 66

Zeit & Ort der Veranstaltung

28.09. von 09:00 bis 20:00
Wiener Volksliedwerk - Bockkeller
Gallitzinstraße 1
1160 Wien


The concert presents traditional singing, yodeling and also instrumental music from two Austrian regions. For all the singers the typical and most favoured performance situation is not the concert stage or the workshop (however such events today may play an important role) but informal, more intimate gatherings at the kitchen table, in a tavern and mountain tours. The performers will show the music they grew up with or at least they have acquired as as a central part of their musical lives.

Bergfex & Kuchihuckeris an ensemble of singers basically from the Styrian Enns valley. Most of them have been performing together for many years in different groups or in informal situations. In the present formation “Hiker and Sit-in-kitchen” have their first appearance.

For further information, please visit IVE