Systematische Musikwissenschaft in der Gesellschaft für Musikforschung


  • Veronika Busch
  • Kai Stefan Lothwesen



Gesellschaft für Musikforschung, Institutionsgeschichte, Systematische Musikwissenschaft, historische Entwicklungen


Since its institutional establishment, systematic musicology has received significant impulses from physics, physiology, psychology, and ethnomusicology, which encouraged research into the conditions of musical production, reproduction, and perception. Music-related behaviours are increasingly seen as culturally bound and are studied by means of empirical methods. Systematic musicology has been anchored in the “Gesellschaft für Musikforschung” (GfM) since its foundation, while also developing specialised societies and publications. A survey of contributions to the annual conference of the GfM from 1948 to 1999 reveals the presence of research from all areas of systematic musicology, with music-psychological contributions predominating. In addition, representatives are involved in the committees of the GfM, and the study group “Systematic Musicology” sees itself as an integrative forum that stimulates multidisciplinary discussions within the GfM.