Music and Migration

This new book series, published by Waxmann Verlag, investigates music making in the context of migration, where migration is understood as a collective term for different kinds of migration, encompassing, for instance, work- or education-related migration or refugee movements. It is part of the inter-university research initiative "Music and Migration", which was launched by Nils Grosch (Paris Lodron University Salzburg) and Wolfgang Gratzer (University Mozarteum Salzburg) in 2016.  

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Other Publications

Salzburg: Sounds of Migration

Music and migration have more in common than might be obvious at first glance. Even in Salzburg. The volume Salzburg: Sounds of Migration familiarizes the reader not only with the long history of the interdependency between music and migration but also with current initiatives for musical encounters and people, currently living in Salzburg, whose music interacts with paths of live and itineraries, which have been affected by migration. 

Buy here: Gratzer, Wolfgang et al. (ed.). Salzburg: Sounds of Migration. Geschichte und aktuelle Perspektiven. Veröffentlichungen zur Geschichte der Universität Mozarteum Salzburg 8. Wien: Hollitzer Verlag, 2018.

Dokumente zu Musik und Migration in Salzburger Sammlungen

The entry into exile requires not only the engagement with new ways of thinking but also the creativity of migrants. Simultanouesly, however, it also challenges and stimulates the host society. In the context of prosesses constructing identities, music is primarily seen as an anchor, a marker of stability. Due to its nature, it was the first choice to mark mobile, dynamic, and, last but not least migrant, cultural identities. The investigation of interactive musical processes in migration studies and the indexing of sources, which enable academic access to such historical processes in the first place, make a culturally and politically important mission. In 2014, the Music and Migration Collection was founded in Salzburg through endowments. It continues to grow and produces new lines of investigatioins - of which this volume presents a small selection.

Buy here: Grosch, Nils (ed.). Dokumente zu Musik und Migration in Salzburger Sammlungen. Salzburg: Artbook, 2016


Movilidad cultural, exilio y el desafío para la musicología. 

This paper explores the prospects of the cultural mobility paradigm for music exile studies. In discussing the case of musicologist Alfred Einstein’s career and his writings in exile, it highlights his venture to read European music history as mobile. Starting from Einstein’s criticisms and conceptualizing it as mobile from scratch, it tackles the routines of musicology in localizing music and its unquestioned discourse, framing these observations in Greenblatt’s criticism of fixity in culture, the basis of his manifesto on cultural mobility.

Access here: Movilidad cultural, exilio y el desafío para la musicología. In: Ensayos: Historia y Teoría del Arte, Volumen 22, Número 34, p. 39-57

Österreichische Musikzeitschrift: Mobilität und Musik

Wolfgang A. Mozart allegedly travelled up to 25,000 kilometers on his concert tours until his 25th birthday - approximately half the equator's circumference. Considering the cumbersome nature of travelling at the time, it has always been part of musical life since the early modern age - with massive impact on works and biographies.

From early touring minstrel troupes until today, the required mobility - with all its advantages and disadvantages for the arts community from conductors to opera singers to manager to journalists - remains a challange.

More information:  Österreichische Musikzeitschrift, Mobilität und Musik (Heft 2), 2017