The Network of the Musical Theatre Companies in the Multilingual East-Central Europe. An Essentially International Genre and Its Repertoire in the Service of Nation–building. (Sources and Common Methods in the Processing of the Historical Source-material. Budapest, HAS Institute for Musicology of the Research Centre for the Humanities

The aim of the open workshop organized in Budapest by the Department for Hungarian Music History of the Institute for Musicology, RCH, HAS is to deepen cooperation to be launched under the project and the discussion of topics formulated in the framework of the project. The meeting of participants will be held halfway through the period of the tender because this way we will have a six month period at our disposal to clarify by online consultation the occurring issues and to prepare the meeting and the thematic concert. At the time of the workshop certain work stages will be completed, others (bibliographical database, source studies) will be in progress. The issues raised at the workshop will be: (1) the sources of musical theatre in the period of 1870–1920 and their processing; (2) the regional network: touring ensembles, repertoire, music trade; (3) the output of the project: discussion on structure of the regional source database, the concept of the publication concluding the project, the plans of a complex database of musical theatre to be elaborated as the continuation of the project.

An important objective of the workshop is to explore the circulation and the routes of the musical repertoire in the East-Central European region and to offer a survey of the network of music theatrical companies. These routes transcended the respective national boundaries and connected areas with a pronouncedly different cultural background, such as the countries in the area of the former Yugoslavia and in the West Balkans. As a leading authority of this research field, Tatjana Markovic, the guest lecturer of the workshop, will examine the foundation of national theatres and will elaborate the context in the history of ideas in which this process took place, further she will analyse the specific musical realization of the national idea in the form of the national operas.