2nd Unrevised Edition
Edited By Tasos Zembylas
Biographical Notes on Kurt Blaukopf 1914–1999
Kurt Blaukopf was born on 15 February 1914 in Czernowitz [Chernivtsi], Bukowina. After primary and secondary school in Vienna, at his father’s wish he started a degree course in jurisprudence and political science at the University of Vienna. Even in the early 1930s, however, his real preference was for a scientific understanding of music.
The following is intended to outline Kurt Blaukopf’s academic career, with particular attention to his writings. The division into six creative periods corresponds to the emphasis of their content. At the same time, these periods reflect the important stages of Blaukopf’s academic career and above and beyond that form the basis of the chronological criteria for the arrangement of the Kurt Blaukopf Archive at the Institute for Music Sociology at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts.
1935–1947: Vienna, Paris, Jerusalem1
Blaukopf’s first years as a student are marked by intense autodidactic study of music sociology. Looking back, Blaukopf described these autodidactic ambitions as follows: “I spent every free minute in the music collection of the National Library in order to excerpt and comment on musicological literature, and I used the evenings in the extraordinarily extensive library of the Vienna Chamber of Workers primarily to gain a picture of the state of sociological research.”2
Under the pseudonym “Hans E. Wind”, in 1935 Blaukopf published his first essay, entitled “Die Endkrise der bürgerlichen Musik und die Rolle Arnold Schönbergs” [The Final Crisis...
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