The role of music in the cultivation of national culture

26 September 2017 from 19:00 to 22:00 hrs
Expo Hall, De Brakke Grond, Nes 45, 1012 KD Amsterdam
020 551 0859
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During this symposium, the speakers will present the results of a four-year research project examining the relationship between classical music and Romantic nationalism. They will also outline new lines of research going forward. 

In the nineteenth-century, classical music transcended Europe’s internal borders in its instrumentation, techniques and forms. But classical music was often used to espouse notions of national particularism and national character. In that respect, it played an important role in Romantic nationalism and the ‘cultivation of culture’.

Joseph Kriehuber, Ein Matinée bei Liszt, 1846

The symposium marks the end of a four-year research project funded by the Academy Professors programme and other sources. This event is part of the international conference Rethinking the Dynamics of Music and Nationalism.


  • Katharine Ellis, Professor of Music, University of Cambridge – French Nationalism, Ethnic Nationalism, and the Third Republic’s Folk Music Problem
  • Joep Leerssen, Professor of Modern European Literature, University of Amsterdam – The Persistence of Voice: Instrumental Music and Romantic Orality of the late John Neubauer (1933-2015)
  • Krisztina Lajosi-Moore, Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam, and Kasper van Kooten, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Amsterdam – Opera and National Identity-Articulation in Germany and Hungary