Friedhelm Krummacher

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Friedhelm Krummacher (born January 22, 1936 in Berlin ) is a German musicologist .


Friedhelm Krummacher is Friedrich-Wilhelm Krummacher's second eldest son . After the private music teacher examination in 1957, he studied musicology , philosophy and German studies in Berlin, Marburg and Uppsala and received his doctorate in 1964 with repertoire studies on older church music in Berlin by Adam Adrio . From 1965 to 1972 he worked as an assistant at the Erlangen seminar with Martin Ruhnke , where he completed his habilitation in 1972 with studies on the chamber music of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy . He stayed there until 1975 as a private lecturer, until after a professorship at the Detmold University of Music in 1976 he was appointed full professor at the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel .

In 1983 he founded and directed the Johannes Brahms Complete Edition; he is co-editor of the Mendelssohn and Buxtehude Complete Editions. From 1992 to 1994 he was the founding dean of the Philosophical Faculty at the Humboldt University in Berlin . In 2001 he retired.

His work covers music history from the Renaissance to the modern age. His main areas of work are church and organ music from the 16th to 18th centuries, music theory and musical aesthetics, the history of the string quartet from the 18th to the 20th century and the composers Johann Sebastian Bach , Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Johannes Brahms , Gustav Mahler and Max Reger .

Friedhelm Krummacher is a member of the Joachim Jungius Society for Sciences in Hamburg, the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and has been an honorary member of the Humboldt University in Berlin since 1995 . In 2003 he received an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University ( Sweden ). He has been co-editor of the Schütz yearbook since 1996 .


  • Reception as innovation, investigations into a basic model of European composition history: Festschrift for Friedhelm Krummacher. Edited by Siegfried Oechsle , Bernd Sponheuer , Helmut Well. Kassel 2001.


  • Mendelssohn the Composer - Studies in Chamber Music for Strings. Munich 1978.
  • with Heinrich Wilhelm Schwab (ed.): Genre and work in the history of music in Northern Germany and Scandinavia. Bärenreiter, Kassel 1982.
  • with Hermann Danuser (ed.): Reception aesthetics and reception history in musicology (= publications of the HfMuT Hanover, vol. 3). Laaber, 1991.
  • Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 3 - World in Reflection. Bärenreiter, Kassel 1991.
  • The string quartet. 2 vols. (= Handbook of musical genres, vol. 6). Laaber, 2001 and 2003.
    • modified new edition (without images): History of the String Quartet. 3 vols. Laaber, 2005.


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