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FedCon 30 | Vortrag | Star Trek: Voyager: Musik = Menschsein | Tiffany Gauger

Counterpoint – Music as a mirror of the human condition in Star Trek: Voyager

Music has always played a major role in the Star Trek universe. Not only as an accompanying work, background music or cinematic element, but it also has an essential content-related and symbolic component. Already in The Next Generation, music served Data in particular as an essential expression of his attempt to be as human as possible and to express himself. In Star Trek: Voyager, this approach finds its continuation in two characters.

On the one hand in Seven of Nine, who tries to “learn” to be human again after leaving the collective, and on the other hand in the Doctor, who finds a special fulfillment and a possibility of emotional expression in music, which enables him to transcend his programming.

Thus, in both cases, music, and especially singing, always plays an important role in the formation of one’s own personality, but also in the self-definition as a person. This becomes all the more clear when one takes a closer look at the pieces selected for this purpose.

In addition, Voyager dedicates an entire episode, “Counterpoint”, to a moral dilemma associated with a particular piece of music.

The aim of this lecture is to take a closer look at the targeted use of (classical) music under the above-mentioned aspects and to establish a music-historical, but also music-philosophical context.

Lecturer: Tiffany Gauger
Duration: 60 min  -  The Lecture will be held in: german
The lyric-dramatic soprano Tiffany Gauger studied singing, music and philosophy at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and the Hochschule für Musik Mainz. After her studies, her artistic activities have so far taken her to the Stadttheater Gießen, the Staatstheater Darmstadt, the Staatstheater Wiesbaden, and repeatedly to the International May Festival Wiesbaden.

Her repertoire includes roles such as the „Königin der Nacht“ („Die Zauberflöte“ - W.A. Mozart); Lucia ("Lucia di Lammermoor" - G. Donizetti) and Elisabeth ("Tannhäuser" R. Wagner). In addition to her artistic activity, she teaches classical singing as well as pop, jazz and musical belt. From 2018-2021 she also held a teaching position for singing and from 2020-2021 she was head of the department for singing and music at the state-approved vocational school for musical "Musical Arts Academy" in Mainz. She is also pursuing a doctorate in historical musicology at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt am Main.

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