Klaus Hortschansky

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Klaus Hortschansky (born May 7, 1935 in Weimar ; † May 16, 2016 in Münster ) was a German musicologist .

life and work

Hortschansky studied musicology from 1953 to 1966 in Weimar , Berlin and Kiel . In 1965 he became an assistant at the Musicological Institute in Kiel, where he received his doctorate in 1966 under Anna Amalie Abert with a thesis on the subject of parody and borrowing in the work of Christoph Willibald Gluck . From 1968 he worked as an assistant at the Musicological Institute in Frankfurt am Main before he was appointed director of the musicological seminar at the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster in 1984 .

Hortschansky's main research interests lay in the music of the Franco-Flemish era and opera from the 18th century. From 1992 to 1997 he was President of the German Society for Music Research , he was also the editor of the Halle Handel Edition , Vice President of the Haydn Institute in Cologne and co-editor of the Gluck Complete Edition.

At the end of the summer semester 2000, Klaus Hortschansky retired, but continued to take master's and doctoral examinations until the summer semester 2010.

Since 2001 Klaus Hortschansky has been a full member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts . In the same year he also became a member of the Academy of Charitable Sciences in Erfurt . In the University Library Frankfurt am Main , the "collection Hortschansky" microfilmed copies of about 2,000 Italian opera libretti exists.


  • Parody and borrowing in the work of Christoph Willibald Gluck , Cologne 1973, ISBN 3-87252-058-X .
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck and the Opera Reform , ed. by Klaus Hortschansky, Darmstadt 1989, ISBN 3-534-08666-X .
  • The mixed musical culture in Königsberg at the end of the 18th century , in: The music of the Germans in the east and its interactions with the neighbors. Baltic Sea Region - Silesia - Bohemia / Moravia - Danube Region , ed. by Klaus Wolfgang Niemöller and Helmut Loos, Bonn 1994 (= German Music in the East , Vol. 5), pp. 93–111.
  • Prince-bishops as patrons of music , in: Telemanniana et alia musicologica. Festschrift Günter Fleischhauer for his 65th birthday , ed. by Dieter Gutknecht u. a., Oschersleben 1995 (= Michaelsteiner research contributions , vol. 17), pp. 34–55.
  • Music for North Churches - Music on North Churches , in: Music at Westphalian Adelshöfe 1995. A concert series of the WDR and the Landschaftsverband Westfalen Lippe , ed. by Dorothea Endele u. a., Münster 1995, pp. 25-31.
  • Music reception in the 18th century city. Reflections on a typology , in: Studies on the history of music. A Festschrift for Ludwig Finscher , ed. by Annegrit Laubenthal, Kassel etc. 1995, pp. 272-279.
  • Article Franco-Flemish Music , in: Music in Past and Present , 2., neubearb. Edition, Sachteil Vol. 3, Kassel etc. 1995, Col. 673-688.
  • Libretti: The original textbooks of the stage works that appeared in the Gluck Complete Edition up to 1990. Text books of lost works , ed. by Klaus Hortschansky, Kassel etc. 1995 (= Christoph Willibald Gluck. Complete Works , Section 7, 1).
  • Georg Friedrich Handel - a purpose in life. Commemorative publication for Bernd Baselt (1934–1993) , ed. by Klaus Hortschansky and Konstanze Musketa , Halle / S. 1995 (= publications of the Handel House in Halle , vol. 11).
  • An entry in the register of Daniel Gottlob Türks . Halle and his music-loving students , in: Georg Friedrich Handel - a purpose in life. Commemorative publication for Bernd Baselt (1934–1993) , ed. by Klaus Hortschansky and Konstanze Musketa, Halle / S. 1995 (= writings of the Handel House in Halle , vol. 11), pp. 477–494.
  • Article Huguenots , in: Music in the past and present , 2., neubearb. Edition, Sachteil Vol. 4, Kassel etc. 1996, Sp. 432-440.
  • From choral drama to oratorio. Generic norms - genre traditions , in: Göttinger Handel-Contributions , Jg. 6 (1996), pp. 59-69.
  • Handwritten tradition of instrumental music at the Stuttgart court in the 18th century , in: Festschrift Christoph-Hellmut Mahling for his 65th birthday , Volume 1, ed. by Axel Beer , Kristina Pfarr, Wolfgang Ruf , Tutzing 1997 (= Mainzer Studien zur Musikwissenschaft , vol. 37), pp. 573-586.
  • Instrumental music in George Frideric Handel's oratorios , in: Handel Yearbook , vol. 42/43 (1996/1997), pp. 40–48.
  • Article Tommaso Traetta: Sofonisba , in: Piper's Enzyklopädie des Musiktheaters , Vol. 6, Munich etc. 1997, pp. 315-318.
  • Traditions - new approaches. For Anna Amalie Abert (1906–1996) , ed. by Klaus Hortschansky, Tutzing 1997.
  • The G minor symphony at the time of the Viennese Classic , in: Traditions - Neuansätze. For Anna Amalie Abert (1906–1996) , ed. by Klaus Hortschansky, Tutzing 1997, pp. 329-348.
  • Music in Westphalia , [series] ed. by Klaus Hortschansky, Münster from 1997 (previously 2 volumes).
  • The "Aria parlante" in Handel , in: Music as a sound speech. Festschrift for the 70th birthday of Günter Fleischhauer , ed. by Wolfgang Ruf, Cologne 2001, pp. 70–93.
  • Music in the residential city of Weimar , Leipzig 2001, ed. by Klaus Hortschansky (= Monuments of Central German Baroque Music , Series I, Vol. 1).
  • The Ring of the Nibelung in Münster , ed. by Klaus Hortschansky and Berthold Warnecke , Münster 2001.
  • Franz Wüllner and his Handel performances , in: Handel-Jahrbuch , Jg. 48 (2002), pp. 199–208.
  • Subscriptions in audience research , in: Le Concert et son public. Mutations de la vie musicale en Europe de 1780 à 1914 (France, Allemagne, Angleterre) , ed. by Hans Erich Bödecker u. a., Paris 2003, pp. 387-401.
  • Orpheus drama in disguise? Handel's wedding serenataIl Parnasso in Festa per gli Sponsali di Teti e Peleo ” for Princess Anne and Prince Wilhelm of Orange (HWV 73) , in: Handel-Jahrbuch , vol. 49 (2003), pp. 127–146.
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck : Iphigénie en Tauride . The Invention of Musical Classicism , in: Masterpieces Heard New. A small canon of music: 14 portraits of works , ed. by Hans-Joachim Hinrichsen and Laurenz Lütteken, Kassel a. a. 2004, pp. 81-104.
  • Handel's opera overtures - examples of mixed tastes? Considerations based on Charles Burney's scattered remarks , in: Handel-Jahrbuch , Vol. 50 (2004), pp. 197–210.
  • as editor: Richard Wagner's "Ring des Nibelungen". Musical dramaturgy - cultural contextuality - primary reception (= writings on musicology from Münster , vol. 20), Schneverdingen 2004.

Alumni (selection)

Former graduates of Klaus Hortschansky:


  • Festschrift Klaus Hortschansky on the occasion of his 60th birthday , ed. by Axel Beer and Laurenz Lütteken. Tutzing 1995 (with a list of Hortschansky's publications up to 1994, pp. 629–636).
  • Border areas. Festschrift Klaus Hortschansky for his 65th birthday , ed. by Michael Zywietz (writings on musicology from Münster, vol. 15). Eisenach 2000.
  • Klaus Wolfgang Niemöller : Obituary for Klaus Hortschansky at the meeting of the class for humanities on September 9, 2016. In: Yearbook North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences (2017), pp. 116–118 ( online )

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Obituary on the website of the University of Münster
  2. ^ University of Münster
  3. Laurenz Lütteken: Ahead of the fashions of its time. Mozart's tone of voice: On the death of the musicologist Klaus Hortschansky . In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, May 25, 2016, p. 12.
  4. ^ Page from the Frankfurt / Main University Library on the Hortschansky Collection
  5. ^ Humboldt University Berlin
  6. Robert-Schumann-Hochschule Düsseldorf ( Memento of the original of July 29, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.rsh-duesseldorf.de
  7. ^ Festschrift for Klaus Hortschansky on his 60th birthday