Brigitte Bachmann-Geiser

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Brigitte Bachmann-Geiser (* 1941 , from Langenthal , Canton of Bern ) is a Swiss ethnomusicologist whose main research interests are Swiss folk musical instruments.


Brigitte Geiser studied musicology and folklore at the Universities of Bern , Basel and Tübingen . She received her doctorate in 1969 with the dissertation Studies on the Early History of the Violin .

In 1972 Bachmann-Geiser published a paper on traditional instruments in the canton of Schwyz . She curated her first musicological exhibitions in Grindelwald , Brig and Appenzell . She supervised revisions of the song collection of Alfred Leonz Gassmann and the collection of songs in Röseligarte of Otto von Greyerz and various editions of traditional folk music with Ex Libris, claves and the Zytglogge-Verlag. She also examined the history of the Alpine blessing in Switzerland.

Brigitte Bachmann-Geiser published on musical instrument collections in Switzerland and in Nuremberg , Stockholm , London , Trondheim and Tokyo as well as on the popular culture of the Amish in Berne (Indiana) . She taught at the Universities of Vienna and Freiburg im Breisgau .

From 1991 to 2005 she was the scientific director of the “ Museum im Kornhaus ” in Burgdorf, which focuses on traditional folk music .

Bachmann-Geiser has been married to the graphic artist Eugen Bachmann since 1979, who accompanied them on several research projects.

Works (selection)

  • From the Emmentaler zither: the Hannotere, an old folk instrument. Bern 1972.
  • Folk musical instruments from the Canton of Schwyz. In: Schweizer Volkskunde, 62, 1972, pp. 33–44.
  • Chlefeli. Instruments used by Schwyz schoolchildren during Lent. Schwyz 1973.
  • Studies on the early history of the violin. Bern 1974.
  • The zithers of Switzerland. In: Prof. Dr. Walter Gerstenberg on his 70th birthday, Bern 1974, pp. 43–87.
  • Cister and cister maker in Switzerland. In: Studia instrumentorum musicae popularis, 3, 1974, pp. 50-56, 263-265.
  • Geisselklepfen in Switzerland. Schwyz 1977.
  • The folk musical instruments of Switzerland. In: Schweizer Volkskunde, 68, 1978, pp. 65–88.
  • Jew's harps in Switzerland. In: Festschrift for Karl Horak, Innsbruck 1980, pp. 95-103.
  • The folk musical instruments of Switzerland. Handbook of European Folk Musical Instruments, Series I, Volume 4, Leipzig 1981.
  • Folk musical instruments and instrumental folk music in Switzerland. In: Paul Hugger (Ed.): Handbuch der Schweizerischen Volkskultur, Volume III, Zurich 1992, pp. 1377-1392.
  • The collection of instruments at the Bern Historical Museum. In: Musica instrumentalis, 1, 1998, pp. 140-145.
  • The alphorn. From a lock to a rock instrument. Bern 1999.
  • The fraud in the Swiss Alps. In: Histoire des Alpes, 2006, pp. 27–36.
  • Sounding miniatures. A St. Gallen manuscript from 1561–1563 as an instrument study. In: Fiori musicologici, 2001, pp. 39-65.
  • with Eugen Bachmann-Geiser: Amish - The way of life of the Amish in Berne, Indiana. 2003.
  • The Hanottere. An art musical instrument from the Renaissance lives on in Swiss folk music. In: Antonio Baldassarre (Ed.): Music, Space, Chord, Image. Festschrift for Dorothea Baumann's 65th birthday, 2012, pp. 619–639.

Individual evidence

  1. Sarah Pfister: "With song and sound." 25 years of commitment to a center of popular culture in Switzerland. 1981-2006. Ballenberg Open Air Museum, Brienz 2008.
  2. ^ Eugen Bachmann posters.