PhD defence Marianne Verstegen: the works of German composer and music theorist Heinichen

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On 23 June, Marianne Verstegen will defend the thesis 'Johann David Heinichen en de galante stijl: Een studie naar de idealen van een Weltweise aan de hand van zijn traktaten uit 1711 en 1728', in which she studies the theoretical ideas and compositional methods of the German composer and music theorist Johann David Heinichen (1683-1729).

Musical life

Heinichen's musical life can be divided into three periods, related to his place of residence. As a young composer in Leipzig, he adopted the new tonal system. In this period he completed his 'Neu erfundene und Gründliche Anweisung'. His second period took place in Venice, centre of the gallant opera. In Heinichen's third period, he worked at the Court in Dresden, where he wrote compositions for the wedding of Crown Prince Frederick August II. 

Personal taste

His treatise 'Der General-Bass in der Composition' (1728) was published under his management. In this complex study, the new gallant style, focused on the development of the personal taste, became the main goal. This emphasis on individual taste also marks a clear break with the Baroque style of composition.

In her dissertation, Verstegen demonstrates that although Heinichen is usually studied as a composer, his theoretical works are especially valuable in clarifying the transition from the Baroque sound to the Galant musical ideal. 

Start date and time
End date and time
Location
Hybrid: online and for invited guests in the Utrecht University Hall
PhD candidate
Marianne Verstegen
Dissertation
Johann David Heinichen en de galante stijl: Een studie naar de idealen van een Weltweise aan de hand van zijn traktaten uit 1711 en 1728
PhD supervisor(s)
Prof. A.A. Clement