Imperial Vienna & the Role of Music with Gilles Gubelmann - Context Travel

Imperial Vienna & the Role of Music with Gilles Gubelmann


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In this webinar, we will explore the role of music in imperial Vienna, which has been for centuries, the absolute heart of musical life in Central Europe. Music was raised to an incredible level, satisfying the taste of the emperors and the high aristocracy, being practiced by many of them on an almost professional level. But what was the hidden side of this Golden Age of music?

Focusing on the 17th, 18th, and beginning of the 19th century, we will discover that the music has also been used as an instrument servicing both absolutist power and the winning Counter-Reformation. In a seducing but very efficient way, music will contribute to supporting power and religious ideas. During our journey through two and a half centuries, we will have the opportunity to follow the evolution of the social position of composers and musicians, starting with the director of Court Musics Antonio Cesti and ending with the free spirit Beethoven. Music was also an important part of education in the imperial and aristocratic families: four emperors became excellent musicians and recognized composers.

Led by the Vienna based Opera set and costume designer, this conversation will discover behind-the-scenes of a glamorous Music period.

Swiss artist Gilles Gubelmann studied piano and dance at the Geneva Conservatory. He then worked for many years as an expert for arts and antiques in an important Swiss Auction House (Koller Auctions) where he was director of the Department of Antique Furniture and Decorative Arts. He realised a dream and moved to Venice where he started working as a painter and as an opera set and costume designer all over Europe, and also deepening his knowledge of art history and architecture. Settled now in Vienna, Gilles continues his artistic activities, works as a lecturer at the University of Music and Performing Arts and highly enjoys uncovering the rich cultural and artistic heritage of Vienna to curious travellers.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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