Walter Bernhart, David Francis Urrows, eds. WMS 17. Brill/Rodopi: Leiden/Boston, MA. 2019
Music, Narrative, and the Moving Image: Varieties of Plurimedial Interrelations
Obituary for Klaus Zerinschek
Professor Dr Klaus Zerinschek was one of WMA’s auditors from 2005 until his untimely death on 16 February 2019.
Independently from his administrative service to the association, he will be remembered by word and music scholars
for the numerous book reviews he penned on publications in the association’s book series, Word and Music Studies.
These reviews always showed keen judicial awareness, great consideration and a wealth of knowledge. He had a wide
range of intermedial interests with a particular concern for opera.
Professor Zerinschek was one of the founders and a leading spirit of the Department of
Comparative Literature at the University of Innsbruck, and he was a favoured inspirational
teacher. His students remember him as ‘a deeply artistic man, who awakened them to enjoy
scholarship, the ‘music of thought’ and great humanity’. In 2013, the volume Intermedialität
in der Komparatistik: Eine Bestandsaufnahme, eds. Dunja Brötz/Beate Eder-Jordan/Martin Fritz
(Innsbruck University Press) was published in his honour (open access).
His last reported words were: "Der Engel der Musik hat jetzt das Ruder übernommen." ('The angel of music has now taken the helm.')