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.
Musikalische Machtsymbole in der Maya-Nachklassik
Summary: Indigenous documents such as the Popol Vuh, the Annals of the Kaqchikel or the Rabinal Achi occasionally provided data on acoustic and particularly musical matters in the Guatemalan highlands of the late Maya Postclassical period prior to the Spanish conquest in the sixteenth century. This chapter focuses on musical phenomena identified as symbols of political and religious power, among them various flute, drum, and rattle types, as well as vocal expressions. According to the texts these musical items were acquired by future rulers at particular moments of a long journey which is interpreted here as the narrative of an extended ritual complex by which those rulers sought to legitimate their claims. At the same time, the documents identify them as markers of social distinction in the higher strata of Maya society. The dance-drama Rabinal Achi finally extends the idea of power music and musical instruments to the afterlife of their former owners.
In indianischen Dokumenten aus dem guatemaltekischen Hochland der frühen Kolonialzeit finden sich da und dort Hinweise auf akustische, insbesondere aber musikalische Phänomene, Praktiken, Kontexte und Begriffe. Obwohl nach der spanischen Eroberung verfasst, waren die indianischen Autoren dieser in indianischen Sprachen, aber mit Hilfe des lateinischen Alphabets niedergeschriebenen Texte entweder Überlebende der Eroberung oder gehörten einer Generation an, die noch umfassenden Zugang zu einem reichen Schatz an Erzählformen und mythologischem, historischem, genealogischem und praktischem Wissen aus der vorspanischen Zeit, insbesondere der so genannten...
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