Festschrift für Ernst Lichtenhahn zum 80. Geburtstag – Festschrift for Ernst Lichtenhahn’s 80th Birthday
Edited By Antonio Baldassarre and Marc-Antoine Camp
Without any exaggeration one can call Ernst Lichtenhahn a doyen of Swiss music research. As one of the few musicologists in the German-speaking sphere he has succeeded in merging different linguistic-cultural and disciplinary research traditions. In his manner of scientific understanding, historical and systematic musicology, ethnomusicology and music practice are methodologically and topically related closely to each other, entirely consistent with the holistic concept of music research as developed by Guido Adler. With the title «Communicating Music», this Festschrift for Ernst Lichtenhahn’s 80 birthday attempts to take up and to further develop the diversity of scientific issues as emerged through such an understanding. It collects papers that come from a variety of methodological and theoretical perspectives to deal with issues about the discursive nature of music, about mediation and transformation processes of music as well as about the discourse on music itself.
Für Ernst Lichtenhahn
Summary: Text and music complete one another in the Lied genre. With the combination of both elements, the concrete verbal manifestation and the irrational sound world, the composer endeavours to reveal the artwork. This duality is enforced by the interpretation required of the Lied genre as a piece of music for voice and piano. The human voice is capable of expressing the content of the dramatic and lyric poem and musically associates with the rich sound of the grand piano to which also the expressiveness of “absolute” music is available. My four songs for baritone and piano based on poems by Hans Mangus Enzensberger – poems that mirror today’s world in an ironic-drastic manner. One of these songs is my contribution for this festschrift, preceded by a haiku as a personal dedication to the celebratee. (Peter Wettstein, transl. Antonio Baldassarre)
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