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new music magazine

description magazine
Area of ​​Expertise music
publishing company Schott Music
Headquarters Mainz
First edition April 3, 1834
Frequency of publication quarterly
editor Till Knipper and editorial team
ISSN (print)

The Neue Zeitschrift für Musik (abbreviated: NZfM or NZM ) is a magazine that deals with contemporary trends in music. It was published for the first time on April 3, 1834 by Leipziger Verlag Barth and has been in existence almost uninterrupted to this day.

Beginnings of the NZfM

Title page of the first year 1834

The Neue Zeitschrift für Musik (in the first year under the title Neue Leipziger Zeitschrift für Musik ) was founded in 1834 by Robert Schumann together with his future father-in-law Friedrich Wieck and the pianists Julius Knorr and Ludwig Schuncke . However, since Wieck only worked to a limited extent due to his numerous trips, Knorr was absent due to frequent illnesses and Schuncke had little literary talent and also died after a few months, almost all of the responsibility fell on Schumann. So it came about that Schumann - instead of the planned two years - worked a total of ten years as editor of the NZfM in order to prevent the downfall of the magazine. Financial considerations were also important here.

According to Schumann, the common concern was: “To recognize the old times and their works, to draw attention to how new artistic beauties can only be strengthened from such a pure source - then to fight the last past as an inartistic one, for which only the highly increased Mechanical have granted some replacements - to finally prepare a young, poetic future, to help accelerate ”.

On July 1, 1844, Schumann handed over the management of the magazine to Oswald Lorenz , who had already written numerous articles under various pseudonyms. Franz Brendel then bought the magazine and was the responsible editor from January 1, 1845.


In the beginning the magazine appeared twice a week. Each issue consisted of one sheet, i.e. four pages. Two columns were printed on each side. From July 1, 1847, the volume was increased to mostly eight pages. With the exception of the first year there are two volumes with 52 numbers each.

The editions were preceded by literary mottos. These came from writers such as Shakespeare , Goethe , Jean Paul and others, but could also be from Schumann himself. This was followed by a larger essay on topics such as aesthetics, biographies, and music history. Instead, a major review of one or more works was also possible, which spanned several editions. Then came the reviews of music or writings related to music. Schumann attached great importance to the correspondence section, which reported on musical life in domestic and foreign cities. A section with mixed up and notes formed the end.

Contributor to Schumanns NZfM

The NZfM of the early days was published by the partly real, partly fictional association of artists and art lovers, the Davidsbündler . Contributions were therefore written under various pseudonyms, with up to 33 different abbreviations (Schumann himself) existing for each author. For example, the most famous literary pseudonyms Schumann, Florestan and Eusebius are often present.

One contributor with numerous contributions and abbreviations was Oswald Lorenz, who was also editor of the NZfM at times. Friedrich Wieck was a prominent author in the field of piano technology and education.

Alfred Heuss or the fight against the "un-German"

Alfred Heuss (1934)

In the 1920s, Alfred Heuss determined the fate of the paper. He reforged the magazine, once dedicated to progress, into a reactionary and nationalist organ. Oliver Hilmes proved that Heuss

“[...] the magazine for music in the 'Weimar Republic' led to a bulwark against the avant-garde and everything supposedly 'un-German', that the music ideology in the Nazi state is not the beginning but the culmination of a long, momentous development. The spirit that increasingly shapes the articles in the monthly newspaper and can be seen particularly in the reviews of contemporary works is not based on a differentiated analysis, but takes up widespread prejudices. So-called 'killer phrases' pretend to recognize and name the causes of societal crises perceived as complex; in fact, however, the seemingly suggestive arguments contribute to a dogmatic split into 'good' and 'bad' and ultimately judge in a fatal way about the right to exist of works and their creators. "

In 1925, Alfred Einstein described the NZfM as "the battle sheet for German, against new and international music".

Editing editors and publishers

1850, Issue 19 with the beginning of Richard Wagner's diatribe Das Judenthum in der Musik and the editorial comment by Franz Brendel
  • In the first year (numbers 1–78) under the title Neue Leipziger Zeitschrift für Musik
  • Leipzig 1834-1844. "Published in association with several artists and art lovers under the responsibility of Robert Schumann". Appears twice a week. (The last issue published by Schumann is Volume 20, No. 52 of June 27, 1844.)
  • 1844, Volume 21 (July to December), editor: Oswald Lorenz .
  • 1845–1868: Franz Brendel. From 1851 once a week. (Last issue published by Brendel: Volume 64, No. 48 of November 20, 1868.)
  • 1869–1885: Responsible editor and publisher Christian Friedrich Kahnt .
  • Publisher 1885 (?) To 1920: Gebrüder Reinecke, Leipzig.
  • 1886–1888: Oskar Schwalm .
  • 1889–1898: Dr. Paul Simon.
  • 1899–1903: Edmund Rochlich i. V.
  • From 1903 (volume 99), issue 27 (July 1st) printed in Antiqua.
  • 1903–1904: Arnold Schering .
  • 1905–1906: Arnold Schering and Walter Niemann .
  • 1906: Walter Niemann.
  • From 1906, issue 40 (October 1st) under the title [Leipziger] Vereinigte Musikalische Wochenschriften united, with Musikalisches Wochenblatt (K. Kipke), edited by Ludwig Frankenstein.
  • 1908–1910 under the title Musikalisches Wochenblatt .
  • Since 1911 again under the title Neue Zeitschrift für Musik , editor: Friedrich Brandes .
  • Edited since 1920. from Steingräber-Verlag as a magazine for music . Appears twice a month from March.
  • October 1921 to 1930 Editor: Alfred Heuss .
  • Published monthly from November 1923. Subtitle: "Kampfblatt für deutsche Musik und Musikpflege".
  • 1925 subtitle: "Monthly for a spiritual renewal of music".
  • 1929 (Issue 7) to 1943 Location: Regensburg. Publisher: Bosse. Publisher: Gustav Bosse (until 1943). Is printed with long-s.
  • April 1943 to August 1944 under the title: Musik im Kriege , organ of the Music Office with the Führer’s commissioner for the supervision of the entire intellectual and ideological training and education of the NSDAP; At the same time the official journal of the offices of Feierabend and the German national education center in the Nazi community “Strength through Joy”. Editor: Herbert Gerigk (together with Melos , Allgemeine Musikzeitung , Die Musik ). Then set.
  • December 1949 to 1955 (issue 9) as a magazine for music , publisher: Erich Valentin (until 1959). Publisher: Bosse, Place: Regensburg. Subtitle: "Monthly magazine for a constant spiritual renewal of music".
  • Incorporated in 1953: The Music Student .
  • Since 1955 Location: Mainz. Editor: Karl H. Wörner (until 1959).
  • From October 1955 (issue 10) again Neue Zeitschrift für Musik and incorporated: Das Musikleben .
  • 1960–1974: NZ New magazine for music .
  • 1960 Editing: Karl Amadeus Hartmann (until 1963), Ernst Thomas .
  • From 1967 Publisher: Schott.
  • In 1967 Otto Tomek joined the editorial team (until 1978).
  • In 1972 Carl Dahlhaus joined the editorial team (until 1978).
  • 1975–1978 Title: Melos / NZ New magazine for music. Published six times a year. Ernst Thomas, Otto Tomek, Carl Dahlhaus, Hans Oesch .
  • From 1979 title: New magazine for music . Editor-in-chief Wolfgang Burde .
  • 1982 Published 12 times a year. Editing: Harald Budweg (until 1984), Manfred Karallus, Michael Stegemann .
  • In 1985 Sigfried Schibli joined the editorial team (until 1992).
  • 1988 to 1992, editing: Peter Niklas Wilson , Lotte Thaler.
  • 1993 to 2017 six times a year, publisher: Rolf W. Stoll .

Known correspondents

The NZfM today

The magazine, which is published by Schott Music in Mainz, is dedicated to contemporary trends - especially new music, advanced jazz, sound art and pop, but also historical manifestations of music. They each have a focus topic and also contain composer portraits, conversations with protagonists of contemporary musical life and analytical contributions. New releases are discussed and critically assessed in numerous CD, DVD and book reviews.

The magazine's portfolio includes the edition neue zeitschrift für musik , a book series with non-fiction and composer volumes as well as the DVD series musica viva - forum of contemporary music with composer and work portraits.

The Neue Zeitschrift für Musik has been appearing as an APP magazine in addition to the print edition since 2014.

The journal has the ISSN  0170-8791 , ISSN  0343-0332 , ISSN  0028-3509 and ISSN  0945-6945 .


Web links

Commons : New magazine for music  - album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Neue Zeitschrift für Musik , 1835, No. 1, p. 3, left column  - Internet Archive
  2. ^ Annette Vosteen (ed.): Répertoire International de la Presse Musicale. New Journal for Music 1834–1844 Volume I Catalog 1834–1838: Introduction pp. Xxi – xxvi
  3. ^ NZfM - first edition, April 3, 1834
  4. Oliver Hilmes: The dispute about the "German" . P. 7
  5. The new music dictionary . Hesse, Berlin 1926, p. 721.
  6. Riemann, Hugo . In: Meyers Konversations-Lexikon . 4th edition. Volume 13, Verlag des Bibliographisches Institut, Leipzig / Vienna 1885–1892, p. 822.
  7. ^ Ambros, August Wilhelm . In: Meyers Konversations-Lexikon . 4th edition. Volume 1, Verlag des Bibliographisches Institut, Leipzig / Vienna 1885–1892, p. 449.
  8. ^ Bülow, Hans Guido von . In: Meyers Konversations-Lexikon . 4th edition. Volume 3, Verlag des Bibliographisches Institut, Leipzig / Vienna 1885–1892, p. 628.
  9. Becker, Karl Ferdinand . In: Meyers Konversations-Lexikon . 4th edition. Volume 2, Verlag des Bibliographisches Institut, Leipzig / Vienna 1885–1892, p. 591.
  10. Banck, Karl . In: Meyers Konversations-Lexikon . 4th edition. Volume 2, Verlag des Bibliographisches Institut, Leipzig / Vienna 1885–1892, p. 355.
  11. Raff, Joachim . In: Meyers Konversations-Lexikon . 4th edition. Volume 13, Verlag des Bibliographisches Institut, Leipzig / Vienna 1885–1892, p. 548.