"Germany's Musical Ruins" with Dr. Martha Sprigge

Event Date: 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 5:00pm

Event Location: 

  • Phelps Hall
  • Room 6206

Event Price: 


Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
Martha Sprigge (photo by Eric Isaacs)
Dr. Martha Sprigge (photo by Eric Isaacs)
The Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies will present a lecture with UCSB Assistant Professor of Musicology, Martha Sprigge, on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 5 p.m. in Phelps Hall, Room 6206. In the summer of 1945, cities across occupied Germany lay in ruins, sometimes rendered entirely unrecognizable in the aftermath of Allied aerial bombing attacks during World War II. In this talk, titled "Germany's Musical Ruins," Dr. Sprigge will examine musical responses to the Air War. Composers who responded to Germany’s post-catastrophic landscape by engaging with visceral images of urban destruction in their compositions participated in a larger artistic trend known as Trümmerkünste, or the “rubble arts” that flourished across both Germanys in the late wartime and early postwar years. These musical works transformed the aftermath of the bombing—the rubble—into an aesthetic object—or, a ruin—at both the level of composition and performance. Dr. Martha Sprigge is Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work examines musical expressions of mourning and loss in Germany and Eastern Europe, and she is currently writing a book on musical mourning and commemorative culture in the former German Democratic Republic. 
Martha Sprigge (photo by Eric Isaacs)