Festschrift für Ernst Lichtenhahn zum 80. Geburtstag – Festschrift for Ernst Lichtenhahn’s 80th Birthday
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.
Ernst Lichtenhahn’s Role in the Development of Macedonian Ethnomusicology in the 21st Century
Summary: Ernst Lichtenhahn played a key role in the development of twenty-first-century Macedonian ethnomusicology. The project Research and Digital Archiving of Macedonian Music Folklore (sponsored by the SCOPES program of the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation) was coordinated by Ernst Lichtenhahn and resulted in the digitisation of two large collections (Firfov and Vidoeski Collections), the production of four documentary videos, several conferences in Macedonia and Switzerland as well as the training of Macedonian ethnomusicologists.
The history of science is a history of strong individuals who pioneered key inventions, published crucial works and influenced or played important roles in the development of entire scientific communities. Ernst Lichtenhahn fulfilled undoubtedly such a role in the development of Macedonian ethnomusicology in the 21st century. Macedonian ethnomusicology passed through several stages, the last one, at the beginning of the new century, having been marked by Ernst Lichtenhahn’s presence.
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