Ludwig Finscher

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Ludwig Finscher (born March 14, 1930 in Kassel ; † June 30, 2020 in Wolfenbüttel ) was a German music historian .

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Finscher studied musicology (with Rudolf Gerber ), English and German from 1949 to 1954 at the University of Göttingen . He received his doctorate with a thesis on the topic The Masses and Motets Loyset Compères . From 1955 to 1960 he worked as a freelance music critic and in 1960 became assistant to Walter Wiora , first at Kiel University and from 1965 at Saarbrücken University .

In 1967 the habilitation followed in Saarbrücken with the work The classical string quartet and its foundation by Joseph Haydn . From 1968 to 1981 he held a chair for musicology in Frankfurt , from 1981 to his retirement in 1995, the same position in Heidelberg . From 1974 to 1977 he was President of the Society for Music Research , from 1977 to 1981 President of the International Society for Music Research .

Finscher spent his twilight years in Wolfenbüttel (Lower Saxony).

Research work

One of Finscher's most important achievements is his editing of the 28-volume new edition of the lexicon The Music in Past and Present , for which he wrote or updated around 40 articles himself.

His extensive studies of the string quartet , chamber music and Joseph Haydn , as well as the two-volume music of the 15th and 16th centuries, are considered musicological standard works .

Finscher contributed to the complete editions of the works by Chr. W. Gluck and WA Mozart , as well as to the edition of the compositions by Paul Hindemith . He was also co-editor of the Capellae Apostolicae Sixtinaeque Collectanea Acta Monumenta .

He has published over 130 articles in edited volumes and specialist journals.

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Individual evidence

  1. Laurenz Lütteken : Premature theses and narrowing down remained alien to him - on the death of Ludwig Finscher. In: Neue ZürcherZeitung. July 1, 2020, accessed July 1, 2020 .
  2. Harald Eggebrecht: Hunters and collectors: To the death of the musicologist Harald Finscher. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung. July 2, 2020, accessed July 2, 2020 .
  3. Ludwig Finscher in the Munzinger archive ( beginning of article freely available)
  4. Communications . In: The music research . tape 50 , No. 4 (Oct. – Dec.), 1997, pp. 498-500, here p. 498 . - Ludwig Finscher. In: Who's Who - The People Lexicon.