• Patricio Portell
6. sem, Bachelor i Biblioteks- og informationsvidenskab
The present project investigates the information on the musical life in Copenhagen, which may be found newspapers and periodicals during the Baroque, that is, in the middle of the seventeenth century. As a great part of the musical sources were engulfed by the famous and disastrous fire in Copenhagen in 1794, newspapers therefore become important and may supply us today with biographical information on composers and their works (including works which since have been lost), as well as on concert life, repertoires of opera houses, reception history, etc. Scholars today often tend to avoid using the news media of the eighteenth century when seeking information on composers and their musical production.
Taking its point of departure from Hagens Samling which contains excerpts from newspapers with articles, reviews and advertisements dealing with or mentioning music, the project first of all divides the information into various categories before proceeding to five case studies: C.A. Thielo (biographical information and on his works); J.A. Scheibe (biography, works, performances); the musical associations (concert life, programmes); J.D. Berlin (review of a publication); and Spionen and La Spectatrice Danoise (two articles: reviews of an event). The information found in newspapers and periodicals is collated with that of modern secondary literature.
Newspapers reveal a wealth of information highly relevant for studying contemporary musical life and are of paramount importance when contextualising biographical information and information on musical works with that of everyday-life. They provide us today with an insight into their own understanding of the music they heard.

Udgivelsesdato6 aug. 2012
Antal sider43


  • musik, oplysningstid, danske aviser, musikhistorie, Scheibe, Thielo, musikkilder