How do vocal expressions relate to cultural processes of identity construction? Can cultural stereotypes and star images be detected in singing styles? How does vocal expression play into the complex correlations of meaning between lyrics and musical composition and a singer’s clothing, gesture and performance? And – bearing all of this in mind – how does one appropriately describe and interpret pop voices and singing styles?
The research workshop Stimme, Kultur, Identität. Vokaler Ausdruck in der populären Musik der USA (1900–1960) (Voice, Culture, Identity. Vocal Expression in Popular Music of the USA (1900–1960)) engages with these and further questions via case studies of selected singers and music genres. Thus the workshop aims at giving impetus for future scientific inquiries into voice and singing in American popular culture of the 20th and 21st century. In the panel discussion Pop-Gesang: Herausforderung für die Vokalpädagogik? (Pop-Singing: Challenge for Vocal Pedagogy?) vocal coaches and musicologists will jointly debate approaches and perspectives for an informed training in popular singing.
Since December 2011, the DFG-funded research project “Voice and Singing in Popular Music in the US (1900–1960)” analyzes vocal expression in US-American Popular Music, e.g, in Blues, Gospel and Rhythm’n’Blues, in musicals and American Popular Song, in Jazz, Country and Folk Music as well as in Rock’n’Roll and Pop around 1960. Different means of vocal expression are interpreted in terms of their interaction with historically changing cultural patterns – such as stereotypical vocal features of social and ethnic groups, regions in the USA, images of gender and youth, but also political, moral, and religious convictions. The research workshop will serve as an opportunity to share and discuss the project’s findings with internationally renowned specialists, and to thus embed them in interdisciplinary research contexts.
Program incl. abstracts as PDF,
folder (German only) with short infos as PDF
||Welcome & Introduction
Images and Representation
Genres und Inszenierungen
Vokale Gestaltung: Musikanalytische Perspektiven
Vokale Gestaltung: Gesangspraktische Perspektiven
All presentations, with the exception of the panel discussion, take place in Seminarraum 1,
hochschulzentrum am horn.
Admission is free, please RSVP via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organizer: Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar, Institut für Musikwissenschaft Weimar-Jena,
funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.