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Ilona Kovács held a presentation in Vienna

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Dr Ilona Kovács, Head of the Department of Art Theory at the Hungarian Dance University (HDU) represented our institution at the workshop-conference held at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien) on 17 May.

The event themed “Historical Perspectives on Musical Commissions” was attended by eminent representatives of international musicology from Austria, Hungary, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. Topics ranged from the early 18th century to the present day, from Europe to North America.

American music historian Louis K. Epstein acted as the keynote speaker of the conference. After his exposition, the individual lectures took place, each of which was limited to a maximum of 15 minutes.

Elisabeth Reisinger (conference organiser), Ilona Kovács and Louis K. Epstein

Hungary was represented by Zsombor Németh from the Institute of Musicology, who presented Béla Bartók’ works composed for commissions, music competitions and requests, and Ilona Kovács from the Hungarian Dance University.

The topic of Ilona Kovács’s lecture, “The Creative Process of Ernst von Dohnányi’s American Rhapsody (op. 47)”, focussed on the history and analysis of the composition of Ernő Dohnányi’s American Rhapsody (op. 47), which was a commissioned work.

The description of the international workshop-conference is available here.

Participation in this prestigious international musicology conference not only increased the reputation of the Hungarian Dance University but it also helps expanding future international relations.


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