Appel de conférences pour le colloque interdisciplinaire « Schlafmusik / Sleep Music », Haus der Begegnung, 2-4 mai 2024.
« Composers of folk, art, and popular music alike approach the subject of sleep from a range of perspectives and, depending on the context, stress sleep music’s childlike, religious, or even erotic potential. Genres of sleep music vary greatly. These include numerous Romantic lullabies, such as Johannes Brahms’s Guten Abend, gut’ Nacht or Schlafe, schlafe, holder süßer Knabe by Franz Schubert. In the twentieth century, messages in lullabies often reflected their historical contexts (e.g., Ēriks Ešenvalds’ A Soldier’s Mother’s Lullaby or Hanns Eisler’s Vier Wiegenlieder [für Arbeitermütter]). Musical theater and operas have featured sleep and sleepwalking scenes (e.g., Claudio Monteverdi’s “Oblivion soave” from L’incoronazione di Poppea or Vincenzo Bellini’s La sonnambula). Composers of instrumental music likewise have adopted themes of sleep and night with the Berceuse and the Nocturne, or they have considered the subject of sleep more broadly (e.g., Robert Schumann’s “Kind im Einschlummern” from Scenes from Childhood or Ola Gjeilo’s Sleepless). With respect to religious music, close connections emerge between sleep and death (e.g., Philip Stopford’s Lully Lulla Lullay) and with the nativity scene (e.g., Johann Sebastian Bach, “Schlafe, mein Süßer” from the Christmas Oratorio).
These examples raise numerous questions associated with or pertaining to sleep: How are topics such as dreams, nightmares, evening, night or the moon expressed in music and literature? Are there musical characteristics that often appear in combination with sleep? How is sleep music linked to specific cultural practices? What are the physiological, sleep-inducing effects of listening to music? How are soothing digital listening spaces created today through Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) and soundscapes? »
Date limite de soumission : 30 novembre 2023.
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