Rudolf Stephan

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Rudolf Stephan (born April 3, 1925 in Bochum ; † September 29, 2019 in Berlin ) was a German musicologist .

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Stephan went to classes in the Church Music Institute Heidelberg (at Wolfgang Fortner ) and recording a music degree at the University of Heidelberg (at Heinrich Besseler ) to the University of Göttingen , where he in 1950 with the work of the tenors of motets oldest style of Rudolf Gerber Ph.D. has been; his fellow students included Carl Dahlhaus , Ludwig Finscher and Joachim Kaiser . He became known to a broader German-speaking audience as the editor of Das Fischer Lexikon, Volume 5, Music (published in the Fischer Bücherei, Frankfurt am Main 1957). Stephan's book Neue Musik , published in 1958 . An attempt at a critical introduction (Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, Göttingen) found the approval of Theodor W. Adorno , with whom he remained connected in the subsequent period, and others. a. through joint radio talks. In 1963 he completed his habilitation in Göttingen with antiphonary studies.

From 1965 to 1976 Stephan was editor of the publications of the Institute for New Music and Music Education Darmstadt . In 1967 he accepted a professorship for historical musicology at the Institute for Musicology (today: Institute for Theater Studies , Seminar for Musicology) at the Free University of Berlin ; since 1990 he was emeritus. His colleagues at the Berlin Institute were the musicologists Tibor Kneif and Klaus Kropfinger , from 1989 also Jürgen Maehder , who was managing director from 1990 to 1992; Stephan's successor was Albrecht Riethmüller in 1992 .

Stephen's main research interests lay in recent music history since the 18th century and especially the music of the first half of the 20th century; He made groundbreaking contributions to the revision of the image of the work of Gustav Mahler , Hans Pfitzner , Max Reger and Paul Hindemith as well as to the recognition of the musical historical significance of the Second Vienna School around Arnold Schönberg , Alban Berg and Anton Webern . As editor, Stephan played a key role in the complete editions of the musical works of Arnold Schönberg and Alban Berg.

Stephen's pupils include the musicologists Rüdiger Albrecht, Reinhold Brinkmann (1934-2010), Regina Busch, Károly Csipák, Klaus Ebbeke (1957-1992), Thomas F. Ertelt , Werner Grünzweig , Heribert Henrich, Reinhard Kapp , Ulrich Krämer, Claudia Maurer Zenck, Adolf Nowak, Wolfgang Rathert , Christian Martin Schmidt , Matthias Schmidt , Martina Sichardt and Lotte Thaler as well as the music teacher Bernd Riede . The musicologist Andreas Traub was Stephan's assistant for many years in Berlin .

Awards (selection)

  • Festschrift: work and history: musical analysis and historical draft; Rudolf Stephan on his 75th birthday; with a list of the writings of Rudolf Stephans , ed. on behalf of the State Institute for Music Research Prussian Cultural Heritage by Thomas Ertelt .
  • Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art 1st Class (2016)
  • Large Golden Cross of Honor of the Republic of Austria

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Rudolf Stephan obituary notice , FAZ October 12, 2019