Research Results

The research findings have led to different kinds of research products, in both digital and printed formats.

Preliminary research results on the journalistic discourse on film music have been discussed at international conferences, such as the Transnational Opera Studies Conference (Bern, July 2017), the International Music Theory Conference (Vilnius, November 2017), Musical Moments Conference (Salzburg, March 2018), II NEMI Meeting “Periodical press as a source in musicology” (Lisbon, May 2019) and Music and the Moving Image 2019 (New York, June 2019).

Among others, this project intersected with the following topics: a) the critical debate concerning the mechanization of musical instruments in film projections; b) the questions arising from film adaptations of opera and the pluri-medial combination of cinema and music theatre; c) the notion of film rhythm and the dichotomy small-scale rhythm vs. macro-rhythmic (or Eurhythmie) in the film theory and practice of the Twenties; d) the relationship of critical activity and compositional practice in authors like Kurt Weill and Paul Dessau.

In-depth studies of these topics were discussed in book chapters and journal articles on Principles of Music Composing (2018), Poli-femo (2019), Acta Musicologica (2020), Music and the Moving Image (2020), Fontes Artis Musicae (2020) etc.

The comprehensive investigation of these and other related topics has led to a monographic treatise (currently in print) on the historical aesthetics of film music in the silent era.

The digital open access repository FMJ Archive constitutes the documentary section of this aesthetic investigation. Aside from being hosted on the server of the University of Vienna, a link to the database is also available on major reference websites for both musicology and film studies (such as institutional sites and reference portals).

The FMJ Archive was presented at the IAML Conference 2019, Kraków, July 14–19, 2019



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Digital Products

FMJ Archive, edited by Francesco Finocchiaro, ISSN 2791-4623, DOI 10.25365/phaidra.38



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Il nemico è alle porte! La musica per film nella critica cinematografica del ventennio nero. In Musica e cinema nei periodici italiani. Ricognizioni storiografiche, ed A. Ferrara and F. Verona. Venice: Fondazione Levi, 2021 [in print]

Dietro un velo di organza. Il pensiero sulla musica cinematografica nell’era del muto. Turin: Accademia University Press, 2020 (Read it on

Aporias of Film Restoration: The Musical Documents of the Silent Era between Film Philology and Market Strategies, «Acta Musicologica», XCII/2, 2020, pp. 180–199 (Read it on

Operatic Works in Silent Cinema: Toward a Translational Theory of Film Adaptations, «Music and the Moving Image», XIII/3, 2020, pp. 49-71 (Read it on

Hans Erdmann e il dibattito sulla musica per il cinema muto nel giornalismo cinematografico di lingua tedesca, «Poli-femo», 2019, nn. 17-18, Special Issue Ton sur ton, Lo stile della saggistica critica sulle arti I, pp. 111–128 (Read it on

In the Mirror of Criticism”: The Film-Music Debate on ‘Reichsfilmblatt’ from 1924 to 1929 (with a Source Catalogue), «Fontes Artis Musicae», LXVII n. 1, January-March 2020, pp. 34–62 (Read it on

Musica e cinema nel ventennio fascista, “Quaderni del CSCI”, 15, 2019, Special Issue All’ascolto del cinema italiano: musiche, voci, rumori, edited by Roberto Calabretto, Marco Cosci, and Elena Mosconi, pp. 24–30 (Read it on

Il cinema parlante. Spunti per una drammaturgia della voce da Fritz Lang a Terrence Malick. In La voce mediatizzata, edited by Marida Rizzuti and Stefano Lombardi Vallauri. Milan: Mimesis, 2019, pp. 69–92 (Read it on

The Sound of the Nightmares: On the Jazz Music in Fritz Lang’s ‘Metropolis’ (with Leo Izzo). In Cinema Changes: Incorporations of Jazz in the Film Soundtrack, edited by Emile Wennekes and Emilio Audissino. Turnhout: Brepols, 2019, pp. 203–218 (Read it on

“Im Anfang war der Rhythmus”. Aesthetic Abstractions in the Film Music Composition of the 1920s, «Principles of Music Composing», XVII, 2018, Special Issue Ratio versus Intuitio,  pp. 144–156 (Read it on

“Der absolute Film”: Über die musikalischen Metaphern im ästhetischen Manifest des abstrakten Films. In Novembergruppe 1918: Studien zu einer interdisziplinären Kunst für die Weimarer Republik, edited by Nils Grosch, Münster, Waxmann, 2018, pp. 181–193 (Read it on

“Musica organica versus musica meccanica”. Un’antitesi metaforica nel dibattito musicale fra le due guerre, in Musica e metafora: storia analisi ermeneutica, edited by Francesco Finocchiaro and Maurizio Giani, Torino, Accademia University Press, 2017, pp. 117–153 (Read it on




Conference Papers & Presentations

Le voyage dans la lune, Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano, July 25, 2020

Filmmusik als Propaganda: Musik und Kino im italienischen Faschismus, Festival “Campus Aktuell 2020”, University of Vienna, January 14, 2020

The Visible Man. Emotions and Music in Silent Cinema (with Julie Brown, Elisabeth Trautwein-Heymann), Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano, July 23, 2019

FMJ Archive: a Digital Database for German-Language Film Music Journalism, IAML 2019 Conference, Jagiellonian University Kraków, July 14-19, 2019

Die Filmmusik von gestern, lecture-recital at Campus aktuell 2019, University of Vienna, June 13, 2019

Film Music as a Problem in the Mirror of Criticism, “Music and the Moving Image 2019″, New York University, Steinhardt, May 30 – June 2, 2019

“Im Spiegel der Kritik”: The film-music debate on Reichsfilmblatt from 1924 to 1930, II NEMI Meeting “Periodical press as a source in musicology”, CFSH-NOVA Lisbon, May 16–18,  2019

“Maintaining Italy’s Name through the Screen”. Music and Sound in Fascism’s Film Politics, International Conference Mapping Spaces, Sounding Places. Geographies of Sound in Audiovisual Media, University of Cremona, March 19–22, 2019

Aporien der Filmrestaurierung: Die musikalischen Dokumente der Stummfilm-Zeit zwischen Medienarchäologie und Marktgesetzen, Austrian Musicological Society, Vienna, December 6–8, 2018

Film Music as a Problem in German Print Journalism (Project Presentation, with H. Engelke), Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Musikforschung, Universität Osnabrück, September 25–28, 2018

Film Music as a Problem in German Print Journalism (Poster Session), International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres, Leipzig, July 22–27, 2018

Arias and Ensembles in the Film Adaptations of Operas: Some Preliminary Reflections, Musical Moments Conference, University of Salzburg, March 8–10, 2018

‘Der absolute Film’: The Role of Musical Metaphors in the Aesthetic Manifesto of Abstract Cinema, Symposium Novembergruppe, Dessau, March 3, 2018

Film Music as a Problem in German Print Journalism (Poster Session, with H. Engelke), Austrian Society for Musicology, Vienna, November 22–25, 2017

“Im Anfang war der Rhythmus”. Aesthetic Abstractions in the Film Music Composition of the 1920s, 17th International Music Theory Conference, Vilnius, November 8–10, 2017

Cinema and Musical Theatre in the Weimar Republic: Two Case Studies, 2nd Transnational Opera Studies Conference, Bern, July 5–7, 2017

‘Metropolis’ di Fritz Lang: la città del futuro nell’età del jazz (with Leo Izzo), International Conference When Jazz Meets Cinema, Lovere (BG), May 5–7, 2017.

Il cinema parlante. Spunti per una drammaturgia della voce da Fritz Lang a Terrence Malick, International Conference La voce mediatizzata, IULM University, Milan, October 27, 2016.




Public Communication

Renata Scognamiglio, Festival di Montepulciano – Il 44° Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte, Rai Radio3 “Qui comincia”, July 21, 2019

Elena Minetti, Montepulciano: musica e passioni nel cinema muto, “Amadeus”, July 18, 2019

Bernadette Ralser (Interview): Die Stummfilmmusik als Stimme der Gefühle, June 6, 2019

Hanna Möller (Interview): Eine laute Revolution,«Uni-View Magazin», March 7, 2018

Ronald Posch (Interview): Die Vollendung des Worttondramas im Stummfilm, «Die Presse-Zeitung», September 30, 2017

Francesco Finocchiaro, Lo schermo in piazza, “Amadeus”, June 2017, pp. 82–85

Radio Interview at RAI Radio3 Suite, May 31, 2017.