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Karl-Werner Gümpel Papers

Identifier: MSN/MN 10043

Scope and Contents

The collection contains paper files from the later decades of Gümpel's career, including correspondence (notably, correspondence with Michel Huglo), transcriptions of medieval treatises, as well as notes, notebooks and index cards on various manuscripts. Near the end of his life, Gümpel was working on an edition of the anonymous 12-13th century treatise Diologus de musica, and there are many items related to this work in progress.


  • Creation: 1969 - 2010


Language of Materials

Primarily in German, with some correspondence and materials in English, Spanish, and Latin.

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

Karl-Werner Gümpel (or Guempel) was a German musicologist active in the United States. He studied Musicology with Gerber at the University of Göttingen and with Gurlitt at Freiburg University (Ph.D, 1954). He moved to the United Sates in 1969 to become a professor at the University of Louisville, where he retired in 1998. His research focused on medieval music theory, particularly in the lberian Peninsula, as well as various topics in medieval and Renaissance music. He was an elected member of three honorary Catalan societies: Societat Catalana de Musicologia (1979), Real Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi (1984), and the Societat Catalana d'Estudis Litúrgics (1992). Publications include Die Musiktraktate Conrads von Zabern (Steiner, 1956), Zur lnterpretation der Tonus-Definition des Tonale Sancti Bernardi (Steiner, 1959), Manuscrips from the Carolingion era up to c. 1500: Portugal and Spain (Henle, 1997), and major articles in Archiv fur Musikwissenschaft, Recerca musicològica, and Orbis musicae.


10 linear feet


Materials arranged: Correspondence, Notes on Manuscripts, Materials relating to Diologus de musica, Binders and notebooks (miscellaneous).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Isolde Gümpel, 2010.

Separated Materials

Library of Karl-Werner Gümpel also received in gift to the University of Notre Dame; titles described individually within Hesburgh Libraries' catalog.

Processing Information

Collection not fully processed; description migrated from PDF finding aid.

R. Simon
November 19, 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556