Research Team


Project Leader: Francesco Finocchiaro, Ph.D.


Francesco Finocchiaro studied Oboe at Catania Conservatory and Musicology at the University of Bologna. His research interests focus on the points of connection between composition, theory, and aesthetics in twentieth-century music. He has dedicated his studies to the Second Viennese School and has released the Italian edition of Arnold Schönberg’s treatise The Musical Idea (Astrolabio-Ubaldini, 2011). He has also published extensively on film music, with particular regard to the relationship between cinema and musical avant-garde. He has taught in Italy at the Universities of Bologna, Milan, Florence, as well as at Ferrara Conservatory, and in Austria at the University of Vienna. Since 2013 he has worked as Senior Research Scientist on silent film music at the Department of Musicology of the University of Vienna.



Project Assistant: Henriette Engelke, MA


Born in Berlin in 1985, Henriette Engelke studied singing in Cottbus as well as musicology in Vienna. Her master’s thesis (2016) dealt with the Jewish composer Joseph Beer (1908–1987). Between 2012 and 2016, she worked as a student assistant and independent contractor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and the University of Vienna, Department of Musicology, e. g. in the research projects (FWF) A. W. Ambros in Vienna: Essays and Reviews in Music (Dr. Markéta Štědronská) and Musical Modernism and German Cinema (1913–1933) (Dr. Francesco Finocchiaro). In the course of the FMJ project, she is working on her doctoral thesis investigating film adaptations of operas in the first half of the 20th century.


Film Music as a Problem in German Print Journalism (1907–1930)
FWF-Project P 28792 (2016–2019)

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