Stadt- und Hofkultur im Ostseeraum in der Frühen Neuzeit/ Urban and Court Culture in the Early Modern Baltic Sea Region
2–3 May 2019

Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (Tallinn, Tatari 13, A402)

Organizers: Estonian Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts; Musicology Study Area of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre

The conference aims to explore urban and court culture, along with their interrelations in the Baltic Sea region in the early modern period. The program covers diverse aspects of music and written culture. The conference further seeks to place individual perspectives in the related contexts (e.g. the social position of a person in the service of a city or within a court; the artistic and personal decisions one had to make; daily life and environment of a person).

One such example is a musician and a composer Johann Valentin Meder (1649–1719), whose 300th anniversary of death the conference will mark. Born in Thuringia, Meder first became a singer and musician at several courts, later obtaining numerous leading posts in the music life of the cities of the Baltic Sea region (Reval/Tallinn, Riga and Danzig/Gdańsk).

Papers are in German or English. Participation is free of charge.


The event is organised by the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts, supported by the ASTRA project of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre EMTASTRA, 2014-2020.4.01.16-0043 (European Union, European Regional Development Fund).

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