Buchcover Veitsch



Supervised by Helmut Brenner and in cooperation between the Institute of Ethnomusicology at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz and the Musicological Institute of the Saarland University in Saarbrücken/Germany a three-semester course on German-language folksongs has been held starting in 2005. The first part dealt with fundamentals of folksong collecting (interviews, recording, documentation, transcription). The second one consisted of two five-day field trips to the Veitsch region (Styria/Austria) where traditional songs were recorded and the methods learned during the first part were put into practice. Local communities assisted in this work and also covered the costs for accommodation. As a third part the collected songs were analyzed regarding their historical and social background and their range of dissemination including inquiries at the Archive of German Folksong in Freiburg/Germany.

The final result of this project included the publication of a book entitled "Veitsch Song Collection“ documenting the singing tradition of this valley in the Alps. The book was sponsored by the municipality of Veitsch.



"Singing Traditions Around the Erzberg" has been the topic of another research project directed by Helmut Brenner. It started in 2008 and consisted of several university courses and an excursion to the participating communities of Eisenerz, Hieflau, Radmer, and Vordernberg (Styria/Austria) which also gave logistic and financial support. Traditional singers were recorded and again the Archive of German Folksong in Freiburg/Germany was consulted.  The participating students have prepared a book publication entitled "Lest They Get Lost: Singing Traditions in Eisenerz, Hieflau, Radmer, and Vordernberg“. It includes not only the collected songs but also biographies of the informants and articles on the historical and the present occasions where this music is performed.



Engelbert Logar's research areas focus mainly on Styria, Burgenland and Kaernten (also see Logar's bibliography). Among the activities within this area of research has been the revision of archive material (e.g. from the Erzherzog-Johann material) as well as the collection and documentation of handwritten songbooks and other sources of folkmusic and folkmusical instruments. In addition, several projects have focused on primary audio sources, including the transcription, scientific analysis and later editing of the material for publication. The adaptation of orally transmitted song repertoire for choir and the documentation of music for brass instruments are another part of this research area.