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Communicating Music

Festschrift für Ernst Lichtenhahn zum 80. Geburtstag – Festschrift for Ernst Lichtenhahn’s 80th Birthday

Edited By Antonio Baldassarre and Marc-Antoine Camp

Ernst Lichtenhahn ist ohne Übertreibung ein Doyen der schweizerischen Musikforschung. Als einer der wenigen Musikwissenschaftler im deutschsprachigen Raum hat er unterschiedliche sprachkulturelle und disziplinäre Forschungstraditionen zusammengeführt. In seinem Wissenschaftsverständnis sind historische und systematische Musikwissenschaft, Musikethnologie und Musikpraxis ganz im Sinne des von Guido Adler formulierten holistischen Konzepts sowohl methodisch wie auch inhaltlich immer eng aufeinander bezogen. Mit dem Titel «Communicating Music» versucht diese Festschrift zum 80. Geburtstag von Ernst Lichtenhahn, die durch dieses Verständnis hervortretende Vielschichtigkeit wissenschaftlicher Fragestellungen aufzugreifen und weiterzudenken. Sie versammelt Beiträge, die sich aus ganz unterschiedlichen methodischen und theoretischen Perspektiven mit Fragen nach dem diskursiven Charakter von Musik, den musikalischen Vermittlungs- und Transformationsprozessen sowie dem Sprechen über Musik an sich auseinandersetzen.
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.
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Introduction: Communicating reflected musical experience.


Introduction: Communicating reflected musical experience

“From the vast array of options…” – thus begins an essay by Ernst Lichtenhahn that insinuates his assumption of the contingency of musical acting, of the discontinuity of music-historic changes, and of the openness of interpretation in music research. The option that Ernst Lichtenhahn – Full Professor Emeritus of the University of Zurich – chose for his 2001 essay refers to one of his many research focuses, i.e. the music aesthetics of German Romanticism that has been largely shaped by literary traditions. It is the option of an individual approach to the phenomenon of music emanating from the sensuality of the sound, taken in order to reach meaningful knowledge through reflection.1 As a musicologist he shares this reflection with colleagues, students and others interested in music by speaking about and writing on music. The individual experience of music is related to cognitive models, verbalised and brought up for discussion.

“Communicating music” – the title of this festschrift for Ernst Lichtenhahn’s 80th birthday – assembles contributions by friends and former students of the universities of Neuchâtel, Basel and Zurich, where Ernst Lichtenhahn was active as instructor and researcher for more than three decades. The contributions focus on possibilities of contemplation and mediation of musical experience, elucidated and explored in the broad range of topics and methodological perspectives.

The cognitive concepts that influence Ernst Lichtenhahn’s reflections might be said to have many origins. He feels at home in German- and French-speaking musicology and hence is...

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