Peter Wagner (musicologist)

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Peter Wagner (born August 19, 1865 in Kürenz near Trier ; † October 17, 1931 in Freiburg , Switzerland ) was a German musicologist and singer .


Peter Wagner was the son of Peter and Margaretha Wagner, geb. Müller. He was a cathedral singer and organist in Trier.

From 1886 to 1890 he studied musicology in Strasbourg , became a lecturer at the University of Friborg in Switzerland in 1893 , did his doctorate with Gustav Jacobsthal and completed his habilitation in music history and church music at the University of Friborg in 1893 . There he became a professor in 1902 and headed the institute as rector from 1920 .

He made contributions to the study of Latin unanimous liturgical chant ( Gregorian chant ). In 1927 he became 1st President of the International Society for Musicology . He was a member of the Swedish Academy of Music and the German Academy in Munich.


The three-volume standard work on chorale research, Introduction to Gregorian Melodies , emerged from Wagner's habilitation thesis . His scientific research on chorale was considered to be trend-setting.


In 1908 he received the Commander's Cross of the Order of St. Gregorius.


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  1. a b c d e Regula Puskás: Wagner, Peter. In: Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz , accessed on March 15, 2017 .
  2. ^ Karl-Heinz Schlager, SL:  Wagner, Peter. In: Ludwig Finscher (Hrsg.): The music in past and present . Second edition, personal section, volume 17 (Vina - Zykan). Bärenreiter / Metzler, Kassel et al. 2007, ISBN 978-3-7618-1137-5 , Sp. 380 ( online edition , subscription required for full access)