Hans-Peter Reinecke (musicologist)

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Hans-Peter Reinecke
Signature of Hans-Peter Reinecke

Hans-Peter Reinecke (born June 27, 1926 in Ortelsburg / East Prussia, † July 25, 2003 in Berlin ) was a German professor of musicology.


His father Hermann Reinecke (1888–1973) was a general of the infantry in the High Command of the Wehrmacht and a convicted war criminal . His mother, Gertrud Reinecke, b. Silvester (1893–1978) was an opera singer (Trude Schubert). Hans-Peter Reinecke was married to the editor Marianne Wagner-Reinecke for the second time. His son Frank Reinecke (from his first marriage to Hannelore Herbst) is a double bass player with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich .

Hans-Peter Reinecke studied musicology , experimental physics and psychology in Göttingen (1946–1948) and Hamburg (1948–1951). After completing his studies, he worked as a research assistant in central technology / development / acoustics at the Northwest German Broadcasting Corporation (NWDR) in the room acoustics group; above all: calculation of the basis for the spatial and building acoustic design of the NWDR radio houses in Hamburg, Hanover , Cologne ; his main focus was on dealing with acoustic-psychological problems. This special research work in the central technology laboratories led to the writing of a dissertation on the double meaning of the concept of loudness in musical hearing . With this work he received his doctorate in 1953 in musicology with Heinrich Husmann and experimental physics or applied physics with Heinz Raether .

Until 1955 he remained as an assistant (tutor) at the Musicological Institute of the University of Hamburg and then received a teaching position for acoustics and systematic musicology at this institute. A research grant for physics from the German Research Foundation (DFG), also received in 1955, led to the publication On the Nonlinear Distortions of the Ear . Six years later - in 1961 - the habilitation and venia legendi for musicology followed with the writing Experimental Contributions to the Psychology of Musical Hearing . Reviewers included Peter R. Hofstätter and Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker . Subsequently university lecturer.

Hans-Peter Reinecke, Föhr 2000

In the years leading up to his habilitation, Hans-Peter Reinecke worked as an expert for room and building acoustics and advised on new buildings and renovations of churches, studios, university, hospital and administrative buildings, including large buildings such as the Deutscher Ring Hamburg, Nova-Versicherung and Hamburg Mannheimer in Hamburg City Nord, Ford Cologne, Bertelsmann Gütersloh etc. From 1956 to 1959 he also worked in a production team for stereo recordings for US record companies, including Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer , Miller International (later Europe). Classical recordings were made with the London Philharmonic Orchestra , the Hamburg Radio Symphony Orchestra and others. In 1961, this activity led to the establishment of record production for the Karl Heinrich Möseler Verlag with a large number of recordings of historical choral and instrumental music. As early as 1957, Reinecke was appointed by the President of the Society for Music Research , Friedrich Blume , to head a commission that was to be designed and then founded for radio and record . The aim of this commission was to closely link the discipline of musicology with the lively interdisciplinary dynamics of musical life, music research, technology (phono industry and phono industry). The planning basis for the Deutsche Musikphonothek (today: Deutsches Musikarchiv ) and the German Record Prize were created in this committee .

Hans-Peter Reinecke received the order to design a department for musical acoustics at the State Institute for Music Research of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation in 1964. The provision of half a million marks allowed the development of this department and the start of research with four doctoral students. The successful work of this new department for musical acoustics was followed in 1967 by the appointment of director of the entire institute. One of the aims was to meet the requirements of “media dynamics”. At the same time, Reinecke was appointed adjunct professor for musicology at the University of Hamburg.


In 1968 the collaboration with Hans Scharoun , the architect of the Kulturforum am Tiergarten, began for the new building of the institute with the integrated collection of instruments in direct connection with the new Philharmonie. Hans-Peter Reinecke took on the acoustic conception of the State Institute for Music Research building project and the studio installed in it.

Since 1969 there have been conceptual contacts within the scope of psychometric music therapy to the Karl Marx University in Leipzig , the Academy of Sciences in Zagreb and the State Neurological Clinic Berlin-Spandau (music psychological examinations on schizophrenic patients together with Harm Willms.) The German Society for Music Therapy (DGMT) and the International Society for Music Therapy were founded. Since 1973 Reinecke was also co-editor of the magazine music therapy , later music and medicine .

Hans-Peter Reinecke was appointed to the presidium of this body in 1969 by the president of the German Music Council , the composer Prof. Werner Egk . He started the research project Structural Analysis of German Musical Life .

In 1972 Reinecke took on a professorship for musicology at the Hamburg University of Music and Drama , and at the same time (until 1973) a professorship at the Berlin University of Music (today: Berlin University of the Arts). In the eighties, Reinecke passed on knowledge and experience in the field of media psychology to students in both the ARD / ZDF staff training and in the collaboration between the Hamburg University of Music and the Hamburg Studio . He continued teaching at the University of Hamburg and the Hamburg University of Music until 1994 after his retirement.

When the new building plans for the State Institute for Music Research SIM were revived with the approval of the funds by the federal government, Reinecke devoted himself from 1979 to 1984 to the management of the new building as client i. V. of the President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation and as a planning engineer (planning of room and building acoustics). In 1989 Reinecke ended his work at the Prussian Cultural Heritage. In the same year he was brought to the GDR round table for advice. From this a permanent colloquium with a working group for cultural policy and self-organization develops and in spring 1990 the International Scientific Potsdam Conference on current political problems.

Hans-Peter Reinecke's grave in the Dahlem-Dorf cemetery

After teaching at the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Philosophy of Science and Human ontogenesis at the Humboldt University and in the field of music therapy at the University of Music Vienna, Reinecke was involved from 1993 to 1994 in particular as a founding representative for a new department of music, sports and applied linguistics at the Martin Luther University University of Halle-Wittenberg . Since the beginning of 1994 he was director of the Institute for Musicology and the Institute for Music Education at the MLU, but had to break off this activity due to illness. His academic papers are now in the university library of the MLU Halle-Wittenberg.

In 1995/96, Hans-Peter Reinecke was still in charge of numerous master's theses and dissertations from students at the Universities of Hamburg, Halle and Oldenburg. His students include Holger Hantke and Artur Simon .

Reinecke died in July 2003 and was buried in the Dahlem-Dorf cemetery.


  • 1983: Federal Cross of Merit on ribbon
  • 1997: Honorary member of the ASPM (working group for the study of popular music)
  • 2001: Honorary member of the German Music Council

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