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160020 UE "... mit vortrefflicher Stimme, vom Kaiser berufen": Topics and Methods of Research on Singers (2021S)

by the Example of The Viennese Court Chapel (ca. 1700-1750)

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 30 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

  • Friday 05.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
  • Friday 19.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
  • Friday 26.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
  • Friday 16.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
  • Friday 23.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
  • Friday 30.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
  • Friday 07.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
  • Friday 21.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
  • Friday 28.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
  • Friday 04.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
  • Friday 11.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
  • Friday 18.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
  • Friday 25.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Musicology has been focussing on singers for several decades with varying approaches and methods. Studies about singers include non-academic ("popular scientific") examinations, biographic research, studies on historical performance practice and analysis of the vocal profile.
This course aims to provide an overview of the different scientific approaches of research on singers. However, its main focus will be the analysis and "reconstruction" of vocal profiles of selected singers of the Viennese court chapel between 1700-1750. This time span is characterized by an unprecedented presence of highly qualified (mostly Italian) singers, some becoming stable members of the Hofkapelle.
The main goal of this course will be to discuss methods of research on singers, to learn how to work with and interpret various sources.

Assessment and permitted materials

Regular and active participation in discussions, reading of selected texts, handing in homework on time, final exam

Those who you attend the first session and don't deregister in time will receive a grade.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The course will be in German; basic knowledge in Italian is an advantage.

Presence (3 absences are allowed)
Participation in discussions
Handing in homework on time
Final exam

Examination topics

Will be announced.

Reading list

Huss, Frank: Die Oper am Wiener Kaiserhof unter den Kaisern Joseph I. und Karl VI.. Mit einem Spielplan von 1706 bis 1740, Dissertation Universität Wien 2003.

Korsmeier, Claudia: Giovanni Carestini (1700-1760) und "seine" Komponisten. Die Karriere eines Kastraten in der ersten Hälfte des 18. Jahrhunderts, Eisenach 2000.

Michels, Claudia: Karnevalsoper am Hofe Kaiser Karls VI., 1711-1740: Kunst zwischen Repräsentation und Amusement. Wien 2019.

Pelliccia, Emilia, „Francesco Borosini (Ca. 1690, † Nach 1756): Leben und Karriere eines Tenors im frühen Settecento", in: Musicologica Brunensia Supplementum (2018), S. 109-121.

Seifert, Herbert / Pernerstorfer, Mathias Johannes: Texte zur Musikdramatik im 17. und 18. Jahrhundert: Aufsätze und Vorträge. Wien 2014.

Woyke, Saskia Maria. Faustina Bordoni: Biographie, Vokalprofil, Rezeption, Frankfurt am Main u.a. 2010.

Association in the course directory

MA: M01, M02, M03, M04, M05, M07, M12, M13, M14

Last modified: Fr 12.05.2023 00:17