Rainer Cadenbach

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Rainer Cadenbach (born July 1, 1944 in Reichensachsen near Kassel , † May 22, 2008 in Berlin ) was a German musicologist and university professor .


Cadenbach studied German studies (with Benno von Wiese and Rudolf Schützeichel ), philosophy (with Hans Wagner and Hariolf Oberer ) and musicology (with Emil Platen and Günther Massenkeil ) at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn . In 1970 he put his state examination and was in 1977 with the work of the musical work of art doctorate . He then worked as a research assistant at the Philosophical Department and later at the Musicology Department at Bonn University. In the 1970s and 80s, he also directed the university orchestra Camerata musicale in Bonn (now the University Orchestra Bonn - Camerata musicale). In 1985 he completed his habilitation with a thesis on Max Reger's sketches and drafts and became a private lecturer . From 1987 to 1989 he was a substitute professor for musicology at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin (since 2001 Universität der Künste Berlin ), where he was appointed to this professorship in 1989, succeeding Reinhold Brinkmann .

Cadenbach designed and managed numerous cross-departmental and cross-faculty artistic-scientific projects, symposia and congresses. Topics were the composer Dieter Schnebel (1990, 2000), musicology in the united Berlin (1991), music and visualization (1992), Walter Benjamin (1993), John Cage (1993), Friedrich Nietzsche (1994), Paul Hindemith (1995 ), Joseph Joachim (1995, 1997, 2007), Surrealism and DADA (1998), Bohuslav Martinů (1999), Hermann Kretzschmar (1999), Beethoven (1996, 1999, 2001), Ernst Pepping (2001, 2006), Max Reger (2003, 2006), Richard Strauss (1999), Franz Schreker and his students (2003) and George Enescu (2005). From 1997 to 2005 he was one of the main employees of the first graduate college at a German art college on the subject of the practice and theory of artistic creation .

In 2002, Cadenbach set up a Beethoven research center at the University of the Arts, which, with funding from the German Research Foundation, developed the comprehensive Beethoven edition from the perspective of his contemporaries . Employees on the project, which was completed in 2008, were Klaus Martin Kopitz , Oliver Korte and Nancy Tanneberger.


  • The musical work of art. Basic concepts of an undogmatic music theory. Regensburg 1978. ( Perspectives on music education and musicology. Volume 5.)
  • Beethoven myth . Exhibition catalog. Laaber 1986.
  • Max Reger - sketches and drafts. List of sources and tables of contents. Wiesbaden 1988. ( Series of publications by the Max Reger Institute Bonn. Volume 7.)
  • Max Reger and his time. Laaber 1991 ( Great composers and their time. )

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Individual evidence

  1. History »Uniorchester Bonn. In: Bonn University Orchestra. Accessed April 16, 2019 (German).