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Blaukopf, Kurtlocked

  • Rudolf Klein

(b Czernowitz [now Chernovtsy, Ukraine], Feb 15, 1914; d Vienna, June 14 1999). Austrian music sociologist and writer on music. He studied music theory with Stefan Wolpe and conducting with Hermann Scherchen in Vienna (1932–7), and music theory with Josef Tal and music history with Edith Gerson-Kiwi in Jerusalem (1940–2). When he returned to Vienna he edited the periodical Phono (1954–65) and collaborated with the German periodical Hifi Stereophonie (1965–83). He was appointed lecturer (1962), and subsequently professor (1963) in music sociology at the Vienna Hochschule für Musik; he also directed the Institute for Music Sociology (1965–84) and the UNESCO institute Media cult (1969–89). In 1976 he became chairman of the ISME commission on music in education and mass media, and in 1992 he was put in charge of an interdisciplinary investigation into the relationship between scientific conceptual models and the arts, whose findings are being published as a series (see Blaukopf, 1995 and 1996). He was the general editor of the series Musik und Gesellschaft (Karlsruhe and Vienna, 1968–).

Blaukopf's research, based mainly on the writings of Max Weber, has placed special emphasis upon the sociology of tonal systems and on the influence of the media on music. He has also written several books on Mahler and his time. The University of Vienna made him an honorary professor in 1974 and awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1994.


  • Musiksoziologie: eine Einführung in die Grundbegriffe mit besonderer Berücksichtigung der Soziologie der Tonsysteme (1950, enlarged 2/1972)
  • Grosse Dirigenten (Teufen, 1953, 2/1957; Eng. trans., 1955)
  • Grosse Virtuosen (Teufen, 1954; Fr. trans., 1955)
  • Symphonie fantastique (Teufen, 1959) [a novel on Berlioz]
  • Gustav Mahler, oder Der Zeitgenosse der Zukunft (Vienna, 1969, 2/1989; Eng. trans., 2/1992)
  • Gustav Mahler: sein Leben, sein Werk und seine Welt in zeitgenössischen Bildern und Texten (Vienna, 1976; Eng. trans., 1976, as Gustav Mahler, a Documentary Study)
  • Neue musikalische Verhaltensweisen der Jugend (Mainz, 1974)
  • Musik im Wandel der Gesellschaft: Grundzüge der Musiksoziologie (Munich, 1982, enlarged 2/1996; Eng. trans., 1992, as Musical Life in a Changing Society: Aspects of Music Sociology)
  • with H. Blaukopf: Die Wiener Philharmoniker (Vienna, 1986, enlarged 2/1992)
  • Beethovens Erben in der Mediamorphose: Kultur- und Medienpolitik für die elektronische Ära (Heiden, 1989)
  • with H. Blaukopf: Gustav Mahler: his Life, Work and World (London, 1991; Ger. trans., 1994, as Gustav Mahler: Leben und Werk in Zeugnissen der Zeit)
  • Pioniere empiristischer Musikforschung: Österreich und Böhmen als Wiege der modernen Kunstsoziologie (Vienna, 1995)
  • ed.: Philosophie, Literatur und Musik im Orchester der Wissenschaften (Vienna, 1996)
  • Die Ästhetik Bernard Bolzamos (Sankt Augustin, 1996)
  • Unterwegs zur Musiksoziologie (Graz, 1998) [incl. list of writings]


  • I. Bontinck and O. Brusatti, eds.: Festschrift Kurt Blaukopf (Vienna, 1975, 2/1999) [incl. list of writings, 9–19]
  • M. Huber, ed.: Fast eine Biographie: Kurt Blaukopf in seinen Schriften (Strasshof, 1999)
  • ‘In memoriam Kurt Blaukopf’, Musikerziehung, 53/Feb (1999–2000)
  • F. Stadler, M. Seiler, eds.: Kunst, Kunsttheorie und Kunstforschung im wissenschaftlichen Diskurs: In memoriam Kurt Baukopf (Vienna, 2000)