Stockmann, Erich, German ethnomusicologist; b. Stendal, March 10, 1926. He studied musicology and German at the Univ. of Greifswald (1946–49) and musicology with Dräger, Meyer, and Vetter at Humboldt Univ. in Berlin (Ph.D., 1953, with the diss. Der musikalische Sinn der elektro-akustischen Musikinstrumente). After serving as ethnomusicologist at the Inst. for German Folklore of the Academy of Sciences in Berlin, he became a lecturer in ethnomusicology and organology at Humboldt Univ. (1957). He was largely responsible for the development of the ethnomusicological research center of the Berlin Academy of Sciences, leading its first expedition to collect folk music in Albania (1957). He ed. several series, including the Handbüchern der Europäischen Volksmusikinstrumente (Leipzig, 1967 et seq.), Annual Bibliography of European Ethnomusicology (Bratislava, 1967 et seq.), and Studia Instrumentorum Musicae Popularis (Stockholm, 1969 et seq.); also pubi, extensively, alone and with his wife, Doris Stockmann , on European folk music and instruments.
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