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Maria Borghesi

(Hochschule für Musik - Dresden)

Italian Reception of J. S. Bach (1950-2000): Words, Sounds, and Ideas

Italian Reception of J. S. Bach (1950-2000): Words, Sounds, and Ideas is the title of Maria Borghesi's doctoral project, which will be completed in December 2019. By employing methods typical of the cultural studies on reception, her research is developed into three branches: firstly, it studies the relationship between the role played by Bach's works in the teaching process and in the publication market; secondly, it analyzes the thematic, critical and historiographical trends within the scholarly and non-scholarly publications; thirdly, it discusses the presence, function and choice of Bach's works within the concert scene of Milan and Rome, as well as their relationship with the recording market. Finally, particular attention is devoted to the contexts and to the reception processes of Bach's Lutheran music within a traditionally Catholic country such as Italy.

Maria Borghesi has a Conservatory diploma in Piano and a postgraduate degree in Musicology (University of Pavia, Cremona) by submitting a MA dissertation of instructive editions of J. S. Bach's Two-Part Inventions edited in Italy between the 19th and 20th centuries. Currently, she is a PhD candidate at the Hochschule für Musik of Dresden, where she develops a research project on the reception of J. S. Bach in Italy under the guidance of her supervisor Michael Heinemann. 

In 2018 she was recipient of a research fellowship at the Deutsch Historisches Institut in Rome; currently, she has a contract for the ERC project "Performart"  at the École Française in Rome. She cooperates with the Società Italiana di Musicologia. In July 2018 she was in charge of the secretarial staff at the 18th Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music, in Cremona. In September 2019 she will be a member of the organising and scientific committee for the International Conference  "Bach at the Dawn of 2020" in Dresden.

mborghesi [a] jsbach.it