’There is no getting around Liszt’

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The new musicologist Nina Noeske. Photo: Thomas Müller

The new musicologist Nina Noeske. Photo: Thomas Müller

The joint Institute for Musicology of the Franz Liszt School of Music Weimar and the Friedrich Schiller University Jena has now appointed Nina Noeske as Professor of Musicology with a focus on the 19th century to succeed Christiane Wiesenfeldt, effective October 1, 2022. For the past eight years, Nina Noeske held a professorship for musicology with a gender focus at the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre.

I can hardly imagine a better place for teaching and research," says the newly appointed professor about her new sphere of activity.My focus on the 19th and 20th centuries, which I have already deepened thematically in my dissertation and post-doctoral thesis, can be excellently continued, supplemented and expanded in Weimar and Jena. Nina Noeske sees the cooperation model between the Weimar University of Music and the University of Jena as an advantage: The fact that the subject of musicology is also offered alongside the artistic courses of study is not something that can be taken for granted. She sees further opportunities for cooperation with, among others, the Bauhaus University Weimar, the Goethe and Schiller Archive, and the Klassik Stiftung Weimar with its Liszt House - and thus "huge opportunities for research and teaching.

Research focus on the 19th century

One of Nina Noeske’s research focuses will be on the 19th century, with Liszt and his circle, as well as the associated networks and circles of students, but also the ideas and concepts that emanated from them, being an important point of contact. There isno getting around Liszt if one is concerned with compositional, aesthetic and music-political tendencies of the 19th century," says the professor.I still consider him to be one of the most inspiring musical personalities, in whom various currents, not only musical ones, unite. "

In the past 20 years, the research landscape in musicology has changed a lot, says Nina Noeske:"This means that current approaches in cultural studies, a music historiography beyond the ’crests of the heights’, gender aspects, etc. will also come into play. Aesthetic and music-philosophical questions, the investigation of value judgments in the course of history, correspondences and cross-connections between the arts, points of contact between music and politics, but also methodological questions about music historiography in the third millennium will certainly continue to drive me in the coming years. Undoubtedly, in addition to the 19th century, the 20th century will also play a role in my research and teaching, among other things with a focus on the GDR and Eastern Europe, on film music and the music of the present - sometimes even extending to the pop field."

Nina Noeske studied musicology, philosophy and music practice in Bonn, Weimar and Jena. She received her doctorate in 2005 at the Institute for Musicology Weimar-Jena on ,,New Instrumental Music in the GDR". She then worked there as a research assistant in the project ,,Die Neudeutsche Schule" and was then a research assistant in the research center ,,Music and Gender" at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media from 2007 to 2011. In 2012, she represented professorships in Hanover and at the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre. From 2012 to 2014, she taught and conducted research as an assistant professor at the University of Salzburg. In 2014 - immediately following her habilitation in Hanover on the topic of "Discourse Analysis of Liszt’s ’Faust Symphony’" - she accepted an appointment as professor of musicology with a gender focus at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. There she became co-editor of MUGI (Music and Gender on the Internet), among other things. Since 2018, she has also been co-leading the project ,,Musikgeschichte Online: DDR".

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