Res Musica


Res Musica 12 (2020)

(Ethnomusicology, music history; eds. Žanna Pärtlas, Anu Schaper)

For the second time in the history of Res Musica, two different musicological fields are united in one number – ethnomusicology and music history (two years ago, artistic research and popular music shared the tenth number of Res Musica). In the present publication, the papers within each of the sections are interlinked; all articles focus on the Baltic Sea region as well as on comparatively less investigated subjects.

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Res Musica 11 (2019)

(Music history, ed. Anu Kõlar)

Toomas Siitan, one of Estonia’s most prominent music historians, a professor at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, the artistic director and conductor of the Haapsalu Early Music Festival, a music publicist and an influential cultural leader, celebrated his 60th birthday on February 7th, 2018. A springtime symposium in Tartu of the Estonian Musicological Society, the Tartu Day, was dedicated to this event. The conference, with ten presentations in Estonian, English, and German, was held on April 14th in the National Archives. Siitan’s areas of research and activity in music culture are very wide, and the topics of the presentations were therefore equally comprehensive and varied. For the Res Musica yearbook, eight of the speakers turned their presentations into research papers, and these make up the main content of this issue.

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Res Musica 10 (2018)

(Popular music, artistic research; eds. Kristel Pappel, Hannaliisa Uusma)

In this, the tenth issue of Res Musica, the main themes are popular music and artistic research – all of which are topics that are discussed for the first time in the yearbook. Some authors also analyse aspects of gender through music and musicians.

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Res Musica 9 (2017)

(Dedicated to Urve Lippus (1950–2015), ed. Jaan Ross)

On 13 May 2015, Urve Lippus, Professor of the Department of Musicology at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and one of Estonia’s most prominent musicologists, passed away suddenly and tragically. She was also the editor-in-chief of the yearbook Res Musica. On 23 April 2016, the traditional one-day conference of the Estonian Musicological Society took place in Tartu, at the Heino Eller Tartu Music High School. The conference was dedicated to the memory of Urve Lippus. This issue of Res Musica contains materials presented during that conference.

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Res Musica 8 (2016)

(Ethnomusicology / ed. Žanna Pärtlas)

This eighth issue of the yearbook Res Musica is the second number dedicated to the domain of ethnomusicology (the first was the 2012 edition). This time the collection of articles develops the topics discussed at the First Seminar of the ICTM (International Council for Traditional Music) Study Group on Multipart Music, held on 19–20 September 2014 at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Tallinn. The theme of the Seminar was “Multipart Music: theoretical approaches on the terminology”.

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Res Musica 7 (2015)

(Music theory / ed. Kerri Kotta)

The seventh issue of Res Musica is based on selected essays from the Seventh International Conference on Music Theory held in Tallinn and Pärnu, January 8–11, 2014. The topic of the conference was musical form. Mainly due to its multifaceted nature, the interpretation of form is one of the more sophisticated aspect of music theory. Since musical form is a result of an interaction of many different elements, its analysis always raises the question of its main influencers. Is it primarily a temporal positioning that determines the formal meaning of a section, as claimed in the theory of formal functions, or a relation between a section and a referential set of ordered musical ideas that functions as a model for that section, as claimed in the theory of dialogic form?

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Res Musica 6 (2014)

(Music history / ed. Toomas Siitan)

Rotating through different musicological research areas, the sixth issue of Res Musica yearbook returns to historical musicology where it started in 2009. Over the last few decades music-historical research field has gone through conceptual changes everywhere in the academic world. Estonian scholars have kept up with those developments: since 1995 we have been engaged in discussions on music history methodology in several high-level international conferences in Estonia. Those experiences have made us clearly recognize the extent and value the “smaller” histories have to offer to the larger context.

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Res Musica 5 (2013)

(Music theatre / ed. Kristel Pappel)

This issue of Res Musica yearbook is special in several ways. To begin with, it is the first Estonian language publication of articles that all are dedicated to aspects of studying music theatre. Within this collection one finds historical approaches, analyses of Estonian and international stage productions or performances and, last but not least, a reception study. The authors look for a common research ground between music and theatre studies, as well as for the methodology that would yield results relevant for the objects under analysis. the second idiosyncratic aspect of the present issue of Res Musica: it has been produced in collaboration with the Department of Literature and Theatre Research, University of Tartu.

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Res Musica 4 (2012)

(Ethnomusicology / ed. Žanna Pärtlas)

The fourth issue of Res Musica comprises research in the field of ethnomusicology. Among the authors are both Estonian ethnomusicologists and foreign researchers from Latvia, Lithuania, and Russia. For this reason, the present issue of Res Musica is bilingual: articles by Estonian authors are in Estonian with English summaries, and articles by foreign authors are in English with Estonian summaries.

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Res Musica 3 (2011)

(Music theory / ed. Kerri Kotta)

The third issue of Res Musica is based on selected essays from the Sixth International Conference on Music Theory held in Tallinn, October 15–17, 2010. The main topic of the conference was hierarchical analysis, particularly Schenker’s analytical method.

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Res Musica 2 (2010)

(Articles by postgraduates / postdoctorate researchers / ed. Jaan Ross)

Contributors to the second volume of Res Musica include younger Estonian musicologists who are either continuing their doctoral studies or who have recently obtained their PhDs from various universities. Articles are in Estonian with English summaries.

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Res Musica 1 (2009)

(Music history / ed. Urve Lippus)

The first issue of the Res Musica yearbook contains researched articles on the history of musical life. This selection of articles was initiated by a conference at the Academic Library of the University of Tartu in 2007 entitled ‘Universitätsmusikdirektor 200, Tartu’, whose focus was music and musical life in the universities of the Baltic area in the 19th century. Articles of a more general nature, covering related issues, were then added to articles arising out of papers from this conference.

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