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Blaukopf, Kurt

Blaukopf, Kurt

Blaukopf, Kurt, Austrian musicologist; b. Czernowitz, Feb. 15, 1914; d. Vienna, June 14, 1999. He studied with Bricht (theory) and Scherchen (conducting) in Vienna (1932–37), and with Gerson-Kiwi (music history) in Jerusalem (1940–42). He was ed. of the periodicals Phono (1954–65) and HiFi Stereophonie (from 1965) in Vienna. In 1962 he became a lecturer in music sociology and in 1968 a prof. at the Vienna Academy of Music. In 1974 he was made an honorary prof. of the Univ. of Vienna, where he was awarded an honorary doctorate in 1994.


Grosse Dirigenten (Teufen, 1952; 2nd ed., 1957; Eng. tr., 1955); Musiksoziologie (Cologne, 1952; 2nd ed., 1972); Grosse Virtuosen (Teufen, 1954; Fr. tr., 1955); Werktreue und Bearbeitung (Karlsruhe, 1968); Gustav Mahler, oder Zeitgenosse dur Zukunft (Vienna, 1969; Eng. tr., 1973); Gustav Mahler: Sein Leben, sein Werk und seine Welt in zeitgenossischen Bildern und Texten (Vienna, 1976; 2nd ed., 1994; Eng. tr., 1976, as Gustav Mahler: A Documentary Study; rev. and enl. ed., 1991, as Mahler: His Life, Work and World); Massenmedium Schallplatte (Wiesbaden, 1977); Musik im Wandel der Gesellschaft: Grundzüge der Musiksoziologie (Munich, 1982; Eng. tr., 1992, as Musical Life in a Changing Society: Aspects of Music Sociology); with H. Blaukopf, Die Wiener Philharmoniker: Wesen, Werden, Wirken eines Grossen Orchesters (Vienna, 1986; 2nd ed., 1992, as Die Wiener Philharmoniker: Welt des Orchesters, Orchester der Welt); Pioniere empiristischer Musik-forschung (Vienna, 1995); Die Aesthetik Bernard Bolzanos (Sankt Augustin, 1996); Unterwegs zur Musiksoziologie: Auf der Suche nach Heimat und Standort (Graz, 1998).


I. Bontinck and O. Brusatti, eds., Festschrift K. B. (Vienna, 1975).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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