Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Quo Vadis Music Iconography? the Repertoire Internatonal d'Iconographie Musicale as a Case Study

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Quo Vadis Music Iconography? the Repertoire Internatonal d'Iconographie Musicale as a Case Study

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English Abstract

Repertoire International d'Iconographie Musicale (RIdIM) as a scholarly project is a perfect case study for the cross-discipline participation of music with other subjects. In contrast to art history and musicology, whose basic categories of research refer to the author and the artwork, the focus of music iconography is the iconographical/ iconological content of the visual source itself. Consequently, ethnology, anthropology and ethnomusicology are important sister disciplines of music iconography in addition to musicology, art history and organology. The author makes a comprehensive argument for breaking musical iconography out of the self-determined walls of traditional academic discourse and advocates using it as the new core for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary scholarship in music.

French Abstract

Le Repertoire International d'Iconographie Musicale (RIdIM), en tant que projet scientifique, est une parfaite etude de cas sur l'interdisciplinarite de la musique avec d'autres domaines. Contrairement a l'histoire de l'art et a la musicologie dont 1es categories de recherche de base concernent l'auteur et l'ceuvre d'art, l'objectif de l'iconographie musicale est le contenu iconographique/iconologique de la source visuelle elle-meme. Par consequent, l'ethnologie, l'anthropologie et l'ethnomusicologie constituent d'importantes disciplines complementaires de l'iconographie musicale, en plus de la musicologie, de l'histoire de l'art et de l'organologie. L'auteur tente de maniere argumentee de liberer l'iconographie musicale des limites autodeterminees du discours academique traditionnel et recommande de l'utiliser comine nouveau point de depart pour la recherche interdisciplinaire et transdisciplinaire en musique.

German Abstract

Als wissenschaftliches Projekt ist Repertoire International d'Iconographie Musicate (RIdIM) ein perfektes Beispiel fur facherubergreifende Arbeit in der Musik. Im Gegensatz zu Kunstgeschichte und Musikwissenschaft, die sich mit dem einzelnen Kunstwerk und dessen Urheber beschaftigen, konzentriert sich die Musikikonographie auf den ikonographischen bzw. ikonologischen Inhalt der bildlichen Quelle selbst. Daraus folgend sind neben der Musikwissenschaft und Kunstgeschichte die Ethnologie, Anthropologie und Musikethnologie wichtige Schwesterdisziplinen der Musikikonographie. Der Autor pladiert dafur, die Musikikonographie aus dera selbst gewahlten Gefangnis des akademischen Diskurses heraus zu holen und spricht sich dafur aus, sie als ein neues Herzstuck fur die inter-und transdisziplinaren (Musik-) Wissenschaft zu nutzen.

I. History, Facts, and News

The Repertoire International d'Iconographie Musicale (RIdIM) is an international venture sponsored by the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centers (IAML), the International Musicological Society (IMS) and by the International Committee of Musical Instrument Museums and Collections (CIMCIM), a committee of the International Council of Museums.

In 1929, the minutes of a Directorium meeting of IMS clearly state that Edward Dent, then member of the Directorium and president to be of IMS, emphasized the need for an international inventory of iconographic sources with musical subject matter. (2) Hence, RIdIM has been focused on the international scientific agenda longer than any other important international inventories related to music, i.e., the Repertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM), the Repertoire International de la Litterature Musicale (RILM), and the Repertoire International de la Presse Musicale (RIPM). The official foundation of RIdIM, as an international venture occurred, however, only in August 1971, during the meeting of IAML in St. Gall (Switzerland) on the initiative of Barry S. Brook, Genevieve Thibault Comtesse de Chambure, and Harald Heckmann. (3) From then on RIdIM was envisioned to fulfill a dual role: to provide complete control over and access to iconographic sources related to music, and to a framework for their interpretation. …

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