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In Memoriam K. Peter Etzkorn died on 2 August 2002 at the age of seventy in St. Louis, Missouri, after a year-longbattle with cancer. He is survivedbyhis wife, Hildy, their two sons, Kyle and Lars, two grandchildren, and a sister in Germany. Peter came to the University of Missouri, St. Louis in 1969 and built, among other things, an excellent sociology department and a solid connection between the University and the musical life of St. Louis. He was a leader in music sociology both in Europe and in the US, and was honored for his contributions to the field both by hisUniversityandbytheGermangovernment. He was an active advisor and member ofMediacult, a UNESCO-funded institute for music sociology inVienna, andwas its board president forthepast seven years. He was also active in the International Society of Music Education (ISME) and eitherchairedorguidedtheISMECommissionon Music in Education, Culture, and Media Policy for more than a decade. He was past editor of Ethnomusicology. Peter was also a civic leader, and was especiallyremembered athis memorial serviceby formerSt. Louismayor,JimConway, forconnecting St. Louis with the Sister Cities International network. "He brought its convention to St. Louis while I was in office," said Conway, "and during the year ofpreparation he had lots ofsuggestions for me as a new mayor-many of them not just about the convention. Now he is with his Maker, and I tmst that he will have lots ofsuggestions for Him, too." An active amateur musician to the end of his strength, he studied piano and played duets with friends in weekly sessions, enjoying the musical and social camaraderie ofprivate music making. He also loved and led others to support opera, chambermusic, and new music, servingon various boards to promote these resources for St. Louis. He was instrumental in creating a good music series for his university and an excellent community music school in which St. Louis Symphony players taught. Peter had an infectious enthusiasm for musical and civic causes, and an abiding concern for the effects oftechnology on musical response throughout the world. He coined the term "loudspeakermusic ,"theconcept heusedto analyzethe social impact ofmusictechnologyofall kinds, but more importantly to draw attention to the human problem created when one need not make music for oneselfanymore. He was a model for me of thinking and acting both globally and locally, of continuous learning beyond one narrow discipline, of effective caring both about his scholarly fields (music and sociology) and the musical life ofhis community , and of living a life of personal musical action. Those of us who knew him shall miss his rare combination of scholarship, leadership, and enthusiasm. J. Terry Gates University of Buffalo (retired)┬ęPhilosophy ofMusic Education Review 10, no. 2 (Fall 2002): 144. ...

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ISSN
1543-3412
Print ISSN
1063-5734
Pages
p. 144
Launched on MUSE
2011-03-30
Open Access
No
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