The Swiss Musicological Society: Our Weakness is our Strength

Urchueguía, Cristina (11 September 2019). The Swiss Musicological Society: Our Weakness is our Strength (Unpublished). In: Royal Musical Association Annual Conference. Manchester. 11.-13. September.

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The Swiss Musicological Society (Schweizerische Musikforschende Gesellschaft, SMG) has been active since 1899, at first as an offspring of IMG, since 1915 as a national association. Other than its sisters all over the world the SMG never tried to vindicate the excellence of national Swiss music, on the contrary, many statements of prominent members even deny that any music of quality was ever produced in Switzerland. Instead of enrolling in a crusade to rehabilitate something they did not really believe in, the SMG engaged actively in the construction and subsequently in the reconstruction of the network of the international musicological associations, acting as supporter, and catalyst. On the other hand, they succeeded in being the voice of musicology in national academic and cultural societies. The Swiss way consisted in an unlimited capacity of making compromises, a discrete method but maybe the most conspicuous virtue Switzerland has developed.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Musicology

UniBE Contributor:

Urchueguía, Cristina


700 Arts > 780 Music
900 History > 940 History of Europe




Maria Cristina Urchueguía

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23 Sep 2019 09:55

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05 Dec 2022 15:30


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