Klaus Hofmann

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Klaus Hofmann
Born (1939-03-20) 20 March 1939 (age 76)
Würzburg, Germany
Alma mater
Occupation Musicologist

Klaus Hofmann (born 20 March 1939) is a German musicologist born in Würzburg. Hofmann studied after graduation (1958) from 1958 to 1959 at the University of Erlangen. He then continued his studies at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg. In 1968 he received his doctorate with a dissertation "Untersuchungen zur Kompositionstechnik der Motette im 13. Jahrhundert, durchgeführt an den Motetten mit dem Tenor IN SECULUM" (Studies on the composition technique of the motet in the 13th century, performed on the motets with tenor IN SECULUM). From 1968 to 1978 he worked as an employee of the Hänssler Verlag. From 1978 he was a research assistant of the Johann Sebastian Bach Institute in Göttingen, which publishes the Neue Bach-Ausgabe. In 2004 he was appointed to the position of Executive Director. He is a board member of the Verwertungsgesellschaft Musikedition (de). In 1994 he was appointed honorary professor at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. He retired in 2006.[1]

Selected publications[edit]

In 2003, he wrote a book on the motets by Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach. Die Motetten., published by Bärenreiter. He covered not only the five motets BWV 225 to 229, but also three more works possibly composed by Bach, "Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden", "Ich lasse dich nicht" and "Jauchzet dem Herrn, alle Welt", dividing his book in two parts, one dedicated to the facts and history of the works, the other to musical analysis.[2]

For the music publisher Carus-Verlag, he edited Bach's Christmas Oratorio, supplying a foreword in three languages and a critical report of historical and musicological information.[3] For Breitkopf & Härtel, he reconstructed a trio sonata for violin, viola and basso continuo, based on BWV 1038, and attributed it to both Johann Sebastian Bach and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.[4]


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