Music and culture in the great war

Friday, 22 September 2017, 9:30 – 12:00 hours.

Kromberk Castle, Kromberk


Due to unforeseen circumstances, the English part of the Symposium has to be cancelled. All contributions, including the foreseen English presentations, will be part of a publication that will be released by the National and University Library of Slovenia in 2018.

  • Updated Programme, presented in Slovenian only:
    Dr. Alenka Bagarič: Musical Topography of the Great War in Slovenia
    Dr. Igor Grdina: Between Action and Contemplation
    Dr. Nataša Cigoj Krstulović: Organization, Repertoire and Reception Aspects
    of Benefit Concerts in Ljubljana during WWI
    Dr. Aleš Nagode: Ode to the Soča River and the Ascetic Lost in Ruins of his World
    Dr. Svanibor Pettan: Lessons from the later wars: looking back to music in World War I

This international symposium highlights the turbulent period between 1914 and 1918, when
the civilian population also suffered terribly under military occupation. In music, people were
able to find a brief distraction from the misery of everyday life. The sound of a march escorted
soldiers onto battlefields, old folksongs and composed songs gave them comfort, cheering
them in hours of rest. Off the frontline, under the auspices of nationally conscious associations
and charitable organizations, benefit concerts were held, songbooks were printed, and
promenade concerts by professional military orchestras were performed to boost morale
with patriotic marches. New ‘wartime’ songs were created offering hope and comfort.
Researchers in the fields of music, literature, cultural history and other human sciences will reveal
music and culture on and off the frontline. They will discuss the responses to cultural propaganda,
focusing on the role of creativity and interpretation in maintaining humanistic values.