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Dr. Anne Holzmüller

University of Freiburg
Junior Fellow
October 2017 - July 2018


Anne Holzmüller studied school music at the University of Music in Freiburg, piano at the Academia Musyczna in Cracow/Poland and German Language and Literature at Freiburg University. During her PhD she was a visiting fellow at Harvard University. Since 2012 she is Assistant Professor in Musicology at Freiburg University. She received her PhD in 2014 with an interdisciplinary study on language sound in nineteenth-century poetry and musical setting (Lyrik als Klangkunst, 2015) that was awarded the Gerhart-Baumann-Price for interdisciplinary literature studies.

Among her principal research interests are history of song, music and language theory, music aesthetics, eighteenth-century studies and the history of listening. Currently she is conducting a research project on ‚musical immersion‘ that is a part of the SFB 1015 ‚leisure’ in Freiburg. Her habilitation project investigates immersive modes of listening in late eighteenth-century culture.

Selected Publications

  • Lyrik als Klangkunst. Klanggestaltung in Gedicht und Vertonung am Beispiel von Goethes Nachtliedern. Freiburg 2015.
  • Sprache, Klang und Ausdruck im Lied um 1900. Eduard Mörikes In der Frühe bei Hugo Wolf und Max Reger. In: Stefan Gasch (Ed.), Ästhetik der Innerlichkeit. Max Reger und das Lied um 1900, Vienna (in print).
  • Wuerde, Kraft und dunkle Ahndung. Kirchenmusikideal und sakrale Musikästhetik in Reichardts Musikalischem Kunstmagazin. In: Gabriele Busch-Salmen/Regine Zeller (Ed.), J.F. Reichardt als Schriftsteller und Musikpublizist, Hannover: Wehrhahn (in print).
  • „Bruckner on iPod. Immersion als populäre und historische Muße-Praxis der Musik.“ In: Muße. Ein Magazin (2016, 2), p. 5–15 (URL:
  • „Schläffst auch du!“ Über einen ‚falschen Reim‘, seine Verbreitung und musikalische Rezeption durch Johannes Daniel Falk und Friedrich Kuhlau. In: Freiburger Universitätsblätter 211 (2016), p. 121–134.

FRIAS Research Project

Immersion as a Mode of Sacred Music Experience in the Late Eighteenth Century

The project investigates the musical immersion in eighteenth-century sacred music. Based on the hypothesis that sound creates a virtual experience of time and space similar to modern media technologies, both the discourse on and musical promotion of immersive experiences in music history are objects of my study. The polychoral a-cappella style of Roman Catholic church music from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries aroused excited reactions among Protestant listeners of German Empfindsamkeit. At the same time, contemporary composers such as C.P.E. Bach or Fasch adapt stylistic features of these models for new sacred compositions.

The project will investigate the evolution of immersion as an aesthetic paradigm on the basis of both the reception of ‘ancient‘ Italian church music as well as its cultural transfer and the reproduction of its immersive effects around 1800. The aim is to understand immersive music experience from the perspective of both its reception and production. I expect musical means of altering the experience of time and space – by the musical enhancement of spatial sound effects in polychoral arrangements, inter alia – to play a decisive role in the creation and experience of immersion.