Thomas Mann Fellows | 2023 – 2024

Nov, Dec

Dr. Kai Hinrich Müller | Musicologist

Kai Hinrich Müller | Image: Privat
Kai Hinrich Müller | Image: Privat

Kai Hinrich Müller, born 1985 in Stuttgart, studied Musicology, Business Administration and Law at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn. He received his doctorate in 2013 with a thesis on the history of the early music movement. In 2022 he completed his habilitation with a study on Richard Wagner’s prose writings and their reception in the Bayreuth circle. As a fellow of various foundations, he lectures at the Cologne University of Music and Dance since 2017. He also advises and curates international research and cultural projects, most recently "Musica non grata," "Wagner-Lesarten," and the exhibition "Richard Wagner and the Nationalization of Feeling" at the German Historical Museum Berlin. His research focuses on functions of music in social discourses, structures of musical life in the past and today, Richard Wagner and his reception in the 20th century, and the musical life of the interwar and Nazi periods. Further activities connect him with the Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, the WDR and various concert and opera houses.

Publications (Selection)
2022 | Wagner-Lesarten. Bayreuther Register zu Richard Wagners Schriften.
2022 | "Richard Wagner, die Bühne und die Aussprache des Deutschen". In: Richard Wagner und das deutsche Gefühl, hrsg. von Raphael Gross, Katharina J. Schneider und Michael P. Steinberg. S. 153–158.
2020 | "Historische Aufführungspraxis und Experimentelle Archäologie. Zur Idee, aus heutigem aufführungspraktischem Handeln Rückschlüsse auf ein früheres zu ziehen". In: Musik, die Wissen schafft. Perspektiven künstlerischer Forschung, hrsg. von Arnold Jacobshagen. S. 113–134.
2018| Wagner-Lesarten – Richard Wagners "Der Ring des Nibelungen" im Blickfeld der 'Historischen Aufführungspraxis'.
2016 | Am Scheideweg? Perspektiven der Alte-Musik-Bewegung. 4 parts.
2013| Wiederentdeckung und Protest. Alte Musik im kulturellen Gedächtnis. 2013.

Project description
The 'political voice' of musicians in the Corona discourse
Hardly any other topic has shaped social discourse in recent years as much as the Corona pandemic. Musicians, too, have repeatedly entered the debates in order to draw attention to themselves, their silencing, and the importance of their art for democratic coexistence - that it is systemically relevant, especially in the late-modern 21st century. In the context of the Fellowship, the politicization and thus the 'political voice' of musicians will be examined from a transatlantic perspective. Guiding questions include international contributions to debates, 'political music' that reflects the pandemic, effects on the different music systems in the U.S. and Germany, powerful actions such as the Spotify boycott of American artists, the perspectives of young musicians, and thus the vision of a post-pandemic musical life that is politically sustainable.

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