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Musical Life in Germany

Thanks to the extraordinary density and diversity of its musical life, Germany continues to be regarded as a 'land of music'. Not only does this reflect its rich musical legacy, it is also indicative of a living and vibrant music scene in which various genres, styles and a wide range of musical cultures can develop and unfold. With the present publication the German Music Information Centre (MIZ) is publishing selected facts and figures on Germany's musical life for an international readership. The topics range from music education to amateur music-making, and from the funding and professional practice of music to the music industry and the media.

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musical life in Germany Book

Prefatory Note

'I am certain that the book will help many readers to deepen their knowledge and form their own picture of musical life in Germany.'

Bernd Neumann, Member of Parliament, Minister of State to the Federal Chancellor

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Musical life in Germany - Introduction

© Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden

After the Second World War, Germany developed into a verdant landscape whose essence is best conveyed by a single term: diversity ...

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Music in Germany's State Education System

© Claus Langer / Stiftung Jedem Kind ein Instrument

Germany's state school system is influenced in two different directions: by the individual's right to receive an education, and by the state's responsibility to provide it ...

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Music Education Outside the State School System

© Claus Langer / Stiftung Jedem Kind ein Instrument

For centuries young people have received music instruction outside the state system of education, in particular learning to play an instrument or to sing. The seeds of music ...

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Education for Musical Professions

© Christian Nielinger / Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln

In keeping with the great variety of forms that music can take, a wide and varied array of professions either directly or indirectly associated with music has emerged over ...

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Amateur Music-Making

© Hörseljau

With an estimated seven million singers and instrumentalists, amateur music-making is one of Germany's largest areas of civic engagement. Civic engagement is the essential ...

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Symphony and Chamber Orchestras

© Schirmer / Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker

The German orchestral landscape, with its 133 professional, publicly financed symphony and chamber orchestras, remains unparalleled worldwide for its density and ...

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Music Theatre

© Monika Rittershaus

Music theatre in all its various genres – opera, ballet, operetta and musicals – is clearly the favourite of Germany's theatre audiences. In the 2008-09 season a total of ...

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Festspiele and Festivals

© Bayreuther Festspiele GmbH / Jörg Schulze

Festspiel, or Festspiele in the plural, is the German word for 'festival'. So is Festival writ large, although, as we shall see, the two words mean quite different things ...

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Contemporary Music

© Klaus Rudolph

The infrastructure of contemporary music in Germany is remarkable for its diversity. The very large number of German synonyms for the 'serious' music of the last 100 ...

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Popular Music

© cologne on pop GmbH / Joanna Seitz

Pop, rock, jazz, schlager, commercial folk, oom-pah, chansons, hip-hop, rap, techno, dance music and all their many hybrids and sub-genres occupy a place of ...

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Music in Church

© Gottfried-Silbermann-Gesellschaft e.V.

In every religion practised in Germany, especially Judaism, Christianity and Islam, sacred music plays a crucial role. This is not the proper place to attempt an even-handed ...

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Music on Radio and Television

© WDR / Claus Langer

In the beginning was music: music presided over the very birth of German broadcasting on 29 October 1923, when the first truly general free-to-air radio transmission ...

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Information and Documentation

© Uwe Ditz / Atelier Brückner

Music libraries and music archives are fundamentally important for both the study and the performance of music. They collect and provide access to source material and ...

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Music Industry

© Johannes Klais Orgelbau GmbH & Co.KG

The music industry has long figured among the major classical sub-markets of Germany's cultural economy. Often referred to as the 'music business' or the 'music market' ...

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Public and Private Funding of Music

© Deutscher Bundestag / Stephan Erfurt

Music is one of the largest and most important fields in Germany's cultural sector. Its importance is generally acknowledged by German society, as is apparent ...

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