Irena Müller-Brozović


Resonanzaffine Musikvermittlung as an interactive art of relationship. A theoretical framework identifying influencing aspects and systematizing different approaches of Musikvermittlung

Musikvermittlung is a widely used German umbrella term and tries to establish, deepen and expand musical relationships. While Musikvermittlung is becoming an increasingly vital factor in the cultural and educational fields such as concerts or workshops, there still is a lack of theoretical foundation for these practices. Therefore, this paper addresses the research question of how practitioners of Musikvermittlung can foster a strong musical involvement in the relationships they are trying to establish. Based on a theoretical study the paper explores the nature of musical relationships by considering theoretical discourses in German and English literature within the areas of music education, musicology and sociology. The findings suggest to understand a musical involvement as a strong mutual relationship whose characteristics and qualities are determined using the sociological term of resonance. The study identifies (1) four different dimensions, (2) defining characteristics, (3) facilitating impulses, and (4) grounding principles of resonant musical relationships.

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Irena Müller-Brozović is professor of Musikvermittlung at the Anton Bruckner Private University Upper Austria in Linz. For many years, she has worked as a lecturer for Musikvermittlung at Bern Academy of the Arts and since 2020, has been co-leader of the Forum Musikvermittlung at German speaking Universities. She has authored numerous publications on Musikvermittlung, including “Médiation Musicale. Un Guide » (2016), a basic article on Musikvermittlung (2017), and an anthology on concert culture (2022). Her research focuses on Resonanzaffine Musikvermittlung as well as interdisciplinary and transcultural interactions. She studied piano and school music in Basel (Switzerland), Musikvermittlung in Detmold (Germany) and received her PhD from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. As a practitioner she worked with several orchestras in Switzerland and Germany, the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, the Mozartwoche Salzburg and the Salzburg Festival, among others.

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