Centre for Russian, East-Central European and Post-Soviet Music Studies

The Centre for Russian, East-Central European and Post-Soviet Music Studies (CRECEPS) is continuing its lecture series consisting of double lectures, two speakers illuminating a common topic from two angles, followed by discussion.

Our aim is not only to spread knowledge among the scholarly community, but to deepen our understanding of diverging points of view, judgements and experiences.

The lectures will be held in English or Russian. There is no simultaneous interpretation, but we will take care of translated abstracts and, whenever possible, partial online translation of core elements in the chatroom. The supposed timing is 45 minutes for each lecture plus 30–45 minutes for questions and discussion. The events start at 6 pm Heidelberg time (GMT +1).

Interested persons will be sent a zoom link upon request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


January 21, 2022

Book presentation

"Uwodziciel. Rzecz o Karolu Szymanowskim"

["The Seducer. A thing about Karol Szymanowski"]

by Danuta Gwizdalanka 


Stefan Keym (University of Leipzig)

Beata Boleslawska (Polish Academy of Sciences)

The author Danuta Gwisdalanka will be present.




Previous lecture series:


December 17, 2021

Presentation of two books on Nikolai Medtner

"Николай Метнер. Незабытые мотивы. К 140-летию композитора"

["Nikolai Medtner. Unforgotten motives. For Composer's 140th Birthday Anniversary"]

edited by Elena B. Dolinskaya and Marina G. Valitova

"Nikolai Medtner: Music, Aesthetics, and Contexts"

edited by Wendelin Bitzan and Christoph Flamm 


Patrick Zuk (Durham University)

Maria Razumovskaya (Guildhall School London)


December 3, 2021

Book presentation

“Nikolay Myaskovsky. A Composer and his Times”

by Patrick Zuk (Durham University)


David Fanning (Manchester)

Levon Hakobian (Moscow)


June 18, 2021
Svetlana Petukhova (Moscow) / Levon Hakobian (Moscow)
“The History of Russian Music through the Optic of Stalinist Ideology”

June 11, 2021
Tara Wilson (London) / Margarita Katunyan (Moscow)
“Russian Brand of Minimalism”

May 28, 2021
Mher Navoyan (Yerevan) / Nana Sharikadze (Tbilissi)
“Folk Music as a Sign of Self-Identity”

May 21, 2021
Levon Hakobian (Moscow) / Christoph Flamm (Heidelberg)
“The New Folkloric Wave in Russian Music”