Music and European Integration – international workshop

Initiated and organized by the collaborative research center on Aesthetic Experience and the Dissolution of Artistic Limits at the Free University of Berlin. The workshop is co-hosted by the Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities and ALLEA.

Professor Albrecht Riethmüller, Professor of musicology at the Free University of Berlin, convened the meeting in order to prepare shaping a publication that examines the relation of music to the process of European integration since the Second World War. The volume forms part of a book series on pan-European topics published by ALLEA.

“In the twentieth century, shifting political borders critically influenced the definition of European music: during the decades of the Iron Curtain, Berlin formed its easternmost outpost; after the wall‘s fall, leverage shifted to Istanbul, the door to the orient”, says professor Riethmüller.

The programme comprised presentations and discussions on a variety of musico-political questions and how they relate to European identity and the process of European integration. Eminent experts from Universities in different European countries deliberated on issues such as “The Construction of a European Tradition in Music and Cultural History” and asked if we are heading “Towards a European Identity in Music”? Professor Günter Stock, President of ALLEA, welcomed the participants and opened the workshop. The full programme can be found here.

The workshop also partly relates to an ALLEA contribution in the context of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy´s “Salon Sophie Charlotte” which took place on 18 January 2014 under the general heading “Europa – ein Zukunftsort”.  The ALLEA programme comprised two presentations discussing the contributions of music in the process of European integration and its role for the European identity: “The Anthem of Europe” by Albrecht Riethmüller and “Beethoven 2020 in Europe” by the Director of the Beethoven House in Bonn, Malte Boecker. Read more.

Albrecht Riethmüller is professor of musicology at the Free University of Berlin and member of the Academy of Sciences and Literature of Mainz. Since 2004 he is the ALLEA delegate of the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities.

Read more about the collaborative research centre 626 on Aesthetic Experience and the Dissolution of Artistic Limits.


11 – 12 March 2014


Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities,
Jaegerstr. 22/23, 10117 Berlin, Germany