FMJ – Film Music as a Problem in German Print Journalism

University of Vienna, in collaboration with Deutsche Kinemathek, Berlin.

Throughout the 1920s, German-language print journalism addressed fundamental questions about the encounter between music and cinema.

Prominent composers, musicologists, film theorists, and philosophers contributed to this broad discussion on the proper role and design of film music, encompassing a wide range of arguments and perspectives.

This journalistic discourse on film music forms the core of the FMJ research project. The research team has been examining a representative selection of articles, essays, and reviews published in German-language music and cinema periodicals from around 1907 to the early 1930s. A selected corpus of sources has been incorporated into a digital open-access database. The comprehensive scholarly exploration of these documents will lead to a monographic treatise on the “historical aesthetics” of silent film music (expected for 2020). | @FMJournalism | FMJ Archive

Research Team

 Project Leader: Dr. Francesco Finocchiaro, Ph.D.

Project Assistant: Henriette Engelke, M.A.

FWF-Project P 28792 (2016–2019)

Department of Musicology, University of Vienna

Spitalgasse 2–4, Hof 9 (Campus) | 1090 Vienna | Austria

JMC Issue I (2017)