How can we define the referential systems by which music is determined and through which music gets its own sense and meaning? What is the relation between these systems? Such questions are of particular weight in relation to current music practices, characterized by a great many of analytical procedures and hermeneutical views.
The questions raised open a series of different thematic fields presented in this book. The authors allocate the place of music to the field of aesthetic autonomy or describe its specific sign system(s). Special attention is focused on the systems of musicological contextualization and the meaning/understanding of music in different historical and/or functional contexts, from traditional liturgical chant up to recent compositions. Various contributions in the collection are dedicated to the relation between music and film, while others deal with the special sociological conditions that constitute some specific musical praxis, such as folk or rock music.
Matjaž Barbo graduated in musicology from the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana in 1991, and received his doctoral degree in musicology in 1997 with the thesis Pro musica viva – Prispevek k slovenski moderni po drugi svetovni vojni (‘Pro musica viva – Contribution to the Slovenian Modernism after the Second World War’). Since 1991 he works at the Department of Musicology at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana, and was promoted to full professor in 2010. He has lectured at various universities (Graz, Brno, Leipzig, Salzburg).
He has been the editor of the Muzikološki zbornik (‘Musicological Annual’, edited by the Faculty of Arts, Ljubljana) since 1998, and member of the De musica disserenda (Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana), as well as a member of the editorial board of Ars & Humanitas (Faculty of Arts, Ljubljana). Since 2007 he has been a member of the working group Arbeitsgemeinschaft für die Musikgeschichte in Mittel- und Osteuropa at the University in Leipzig. For many years he was a critic of the Slovenian newspaper Delo, and during 2004–2008 he was a president of a Slovenian musicological society.
His research focuses on music from the eighteenth century to the present, especially music connected with Slovenian cultural life. Besides that, his research interests include aesthetics and the sociology of music.
Thomas Hochradner (born in 1963) is Docent for Historical Musicology at the Mozarteum University Salzburg and since 2014 head of the Musicology Department and of the focus group for the Music History of Salzburg. His lectures and publications deal with musical history from the 17th to the 20th centuries.