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Universitaet zu Koeln (University of Cologne)
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Universitaet zu Koeln (University of Cologne)
Institut fuer Musikalische Volkskunde (Institute of Folkloric Music)

Type of Program and Degrees Offered

We are a research institute that is connected with the Institut fuer Musikpaedagogik (Institute for Musical Pedagogy) of the University of Cologne. We do not offer a special ethnological course of studies, but the contents of our work are integrated into pedagogical studies.

Program Focus

Our focus is the research of regional varieties of folk music in the present, in terms of their musical, ethnological, and sociological basis. Folk music, whether handed down orally or newly composed, is analyzed in relationship to the social and political systems of our time. Our goal is to reveal how political systems use folkloric music as a means to influence people.

Special Resources

Special sections and collections of the library:

  • Research reports and collections of songs of German speaking-areas (beside general publications, there is literature describing landscapes and special areas like workers’ songs, nursery rhymes, traditional song book collections, and books on the history of choirs).
  • song books with pedagogical intentions
  • hymnology
  • collection of dances
  • research papers on popular music
  • folklore
  • national socialism
  • music and politics

The archive comprises:

  • monographic song archive
  • archive for media (special focus on songs, folkloric music, nursery rhymes, new songs, tapes and videos of local laymen music events)
  • magazines (e.g. folk, youth movements in music, layman’s music)
  • legacies (e.g. Kürten, Lohmann, Corbach)

Further Information

Dr. Gisela Probst-Effah, Institut fuer Musikalische Volkskunde, Gronewaldstr. 2, 50931 Koeln (Cologne), Germany. Phone: 49-(0)221/470-5267; Email: gisela.probst@uni-koeln.de

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The content for Universitaet zu Koeln (University of Cologne) was last updated July 13, 2010.

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