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Starting with volume 41, DYM appears conlinuously in sections during the year. New articles, reviews and other matter will be released as they are ready for publication.

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volume 44 (2020-21)

volume 43 appeared in 2019.

volume 42 appeared in 2018.

Volume 41 appeared in 2017.

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Danish Yearbook of Musicology, volume 45 · 2022–24

Section 1 · Articles (volume 45:1)

Andreas Meyer,
Music Exhibitions in Local Settings – Sites of Cultural Memory?, pp. 3–21

This paper deals with historically oriented museum displays in various West and Central European countries that focus on musical themes in local regions. Drawing on concepts and considerations of memory and heritage studies, I examine how local historical references are conveyed in these exhibitions and to what extent the latter can be seen as institutions promoting group identity. Jan Assmann’s distinction between communicative and cultural memory, according to which communicative memory is based on everyday communication and refers to a rather recent past, while cultural memory focuses on events that happened further back in time, proves useful in this context. It turns out that there are many different ways of dealing with the past in the exhibitions and different forms of access, depending on the interests and prior knowledge of the visitors. Exhibitions on pop music themes support communicative memory in that the museum narratives encourage communication and thus promote cohesion. Regarding curatorial concepts and modes of reception, the formation of group identity seems to play a rather minor role in exhibitions on European art music. These exhibitions can still be regarded as sites of cultural memory, as they usually offer at least the opportunity to explore aspects of the (distant) history of one’s own group.