In collaboration with the Athens Goethe Institute
1st International Congress of Musicology
The Value of Music Today
Music between Humanism and Commercialization
Monday, 25 – Wednesday, 27 February 2002
Auditorium of the Athens Goethe Institute
14-16 Omirou str., Athens, GR 100 33
The congress – held thanks to an initiative of Musicology (Musicologia) in collaboration with the Athens
Goethe Institute – was the first major international congress of musicology that took place in Greece. Several prominent scholars from Greece and abroad (university
professors, academicians and personalities of musical life) participated.
The congress title declares the issues under discussion and its objective as well: although the humanistic character of music is crystallized and expressed through
processes of creation and perception, mediation and evaluation, the main feature of the contemporary social reality for both musicians and recipients is commercialization.
analyzed this issue in terms of the “value” of music itself, as well as in terms of the values in contemporary societies, raising a point concerning the social
functions and humanistic dimensions of music under the current conditions. Focal point of the discussion was the reconstruction of the historical, philosophical,
epistemological, ideological and critical concepts that could help us to approach the evolution of the notions “humanism” and “commercialization”.
We hope that the congress
, released by Orpheus editions, will spark off the research, the interdisciplinary communication and the discussion on the causes and functions of music
) expresses its thanks to the Goethe Institute in Athens
particularly to the institute director Mr. Horst Deinwallner, to his tireless collaborators, as well as to the life and soul of the Institute, the music-lover Mrs. Andrea
Schellinger, who made the congress possible. Musicology
) is also thankful to the musicians and colleagues, who organized and performed the concert
that concluded the congress with compositions of the 20th