Private Passion – Public Challenge
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Roth, Dominik von and Escherich, Linda (Eds.): Private Passion – Public Challenge: Musikinstrumente sammeln in Geschichte und Gegenwart, Heidelberg:, 2018.

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Dominik von Roth and Linda Escherich (Eds.)

Private Passion – Public Challenge

Musikinstrumente sammeln in Geschichte und Gegenwart

Whereas the enthusiasm of private individuals for collecting musical instruments remains undiminished, public museums are too often restricted in their desire to augment their collections by lack of storage space and money.
When the Rück Collection was sold to the Germanisches Nationalmuseum at the beginning of the 1960s, it was the last sizeable collection of musical instruments within Germany to pass from private to public ownership. In keeping with Rück’s example, private collecting of musical instruments forms the central theme of the conference, with contributions on historical and contemporary collections from all over Europe. In addition such topics as the function of musicology and related themes, such as the display of public collections are being addressed and complemented by the experiences of private collectors. Positions from the fields of literary studies, cultural management, transcultural music studies, and art history provide cross-disciplinary correctives and complete the conference proceedings.

Dominik von Roth: Studies in musicology, history of art and cultural management at the University of Music “Franz Liszt” Weimar, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, and at the Università degli Studi di Perugia (Italy). Next to activities in cultural management, doctorate in musicology (2014). Since 2012 research assistant in DFG-Project „Die Neudeutsche Schule. Schriftenedition, Datenbank und Studien“; Project coordination of „Schütz und Luther“ (Heinrich-Schütz-Haus Weißenfels, 2015), since 2016 coordinator of the DFG-project „Musikinstrumente sammeln – das Beispiel Rück“ at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg.

Linda Escherich: Studies in musicology and theatre studies in Germany at Leipzig University. Research assistant for the "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Briefausgabe" at Leipzig University since 2013; for the DFG-Projekt “Musikinstrumente sammeln – das Beispiel Rück” at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum (Nuremberg) since 2015.

Front Matter
Table of Contents
G. Ulrich Großmann
Dominik von Roth, Linda Escherich
Section I
Frank P. Bär
Private Passion - Public Challenge
An Introduction
Tiago de Oliveira Pinto
Music as Intangible Cultural Heritage
The Southeast Asia Music Museum (SEAM), Bangkok, Thailand
Peter van Mensch
Private Collecting as Public Challenge
Visions for the Future
Monika Schmitz-Emans
Collecting Instruments and Records of Music as a Catalyst for Literary Reflection about Remembering and Cultural Memory
Dominik von Roth
The Rück Collection – a View onto the Whole
Section II
Ignace de Keyser
Belgian Collectors of Musical Instruments from the Perspective of Critical Organology and Museology
Josef Focht
Die erste Sammlergeneration des Leipziger Musikinstrumentenmuseums
Florence Gétreau
Collecting Musical Instruments in France (1795-1995)
From National Heritage to Cultural Policy
Renato Meucci
Privates und öffentliches Sammeln von Musikinstrumenten in Italien: eine kontroverse Geschichte
Section III
Gerda Ridler
Vorbild Kunst?
Neue Wege privater Kunstsammlungen
Christina Linsenmeyer
Visions and Trends of Private and Public Collections: Confronting Changing Values
Panagiotis Poulopoulos
New Media and Sound in Musical Instrument Collections
Observations from a Visitor Survey at the Deutsches Museum
Martin Kirnbauer
Between the »Revival of Ancient Artworks in the Correct Style« and the »Instrumentenfrage«
The Basel Collection of Musical Instruments between Musical Practice and Museum
Klaus Martius
The Rück Collection from the Perspective of Restoration
Beatrix Darmstädter
Integration – Diversification – Focus. Private Collections in Public Music Instrument Museums
Some Notes on the »Collection of Historic Musical Instruments« at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Franz Körndle
Private Collections of Musical Instruments – Museums with an Expiry Date?
Peter Thalheimer
A Private Collection for Use in Concert Performances and as a Source for Music Research
Heiko Hansjosten
Die Sammlung Hansjosten – ein Leben mit Clavieren im Spannungsfeld von Beruf und Berufung, von ökonomischer Realität und Leidenschaft
Section IV
Uwe Hartmann
Provenienzforschung: Nur eine Aufgabe des Staates?
Conny Sibylla Restle
The Acquisition of the Wildhagen, Bitter, and Paur Collections by Alfred Berner for the Berlin Musikinstrumenten-Museum between 1957 and 1962
Questions of Provenance
Monika Löscher
Provenance Research in the Collection of Historic Musical Instruments in Vienna – Background, Configuration, and Practice
Linda Escherich
Provenance Research beyond Looted Art and Restitution – the »RückPortal«
Markus Zepf
Musikinstrumente für die Wissenschaft
Die Musikinstrumenten-Sammlung an der Universität Freiburg zwischen 1920 und 1944