Hermann Danuser studied oboe, piano, musicology, philosophy and German literature in Zurich (1965–1973; Musikalische Prosa, 1975) and subsequently moved to West Berlin, habilitating at the Technical University with Carl Dahlhaus in 1983 (Die Musik des 20. Jahrhunderts, 1984). He went on to teach in Hannover, Freiburg im Breisgau, and, from 1993 to 2014, at the Humboldt University, Berlin. He has published and edited the following, among others: Gustav Mahler und seine Zeit (1991); Musikalische Interpretation (1992); Im Zenit der Moderne (1997); Musikalische Lyrik (2004). After the publication of Weltanschauungsmusik (2009) and Gesammelte Vorträge und Aufsätze (four vols., 2014, edited by Hans-Joachim Hinrichsen, Christian Schaper und Laure Spaltenstein), Edition Argus is now set to publish Metamusik.
For many years, Danuser has overseen research at the Paul Sacher Foundation, Basel, and is also a member of the Kuratorium of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung. His main interests lie in modern music history and historiography, aesthetics, theory, analysis and interpretation/performance (Interpretationsforschung). To mark his 65th birthday in 2011, a Festschrift edited by Camilla Bork et al. was published: Ereignis und Exegese. Musikalische Interpretation – Interpretation der Musik.
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