ⓘ Marion Diederichs-Lafite. Diederichs-Lafite was born in Vienna. After training at the French School and the Sacre Coeur secondary school in Vienna and a busines ..


ⓘ Marion Diederichs-Lafite

Diederichs-Lafite was born in Vienna. After training at the French School and the "Sacre Coeur" secondary school in Vienna and a business course at the Vienna Commercial Academy, the daughter of Peter and Elisabeth Lafite studied musicology and journalism at the universities of Vienna, Cologne and Bochum from 1967, supplemented by courses at the Vienna Music Academy with Erwin Ratz and music seminars of the European Forum Alpbach with Rudolf Stephan and Carl Dahlhaus. She took part in the seminars Music criticism in this period at the Kunstlerhaus Boswil on several occasions. In 1974 she received her doctorate at the University of Vienna with a dissertation on Music aesthetics in the early 19th century as presented in the "Leipziger Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung".

From 1975 - after marriage to Joachim Diederichs art historian art historian from the publishing family Eugen Diederichs and three children - she worked as a freelancer, first in Kassel Barenreiter-Verlag, Kasseler Musiktage, then in Wilhelmshaven. In the Osterreichische Musikzeitschrift run by her mother where she started working as a staff member in 1970, she became co-publisher from 1980 on, took over the company in 1986 and was mainly responsible for the OMZ and the Verlag Lafite from 1990 on. For the design of country booklets she travelled to the USA 1975, Switzerland 1976 or England 1984 for in-depth research. Her main task was to deal with all topics and their leading authors. She started creative cooperations with composers associations and also with musicology, opened the journal on current art music as well as on cultural-political questions with a forum of contemporary music discussions and accentuated personally special issues on music-aesthetic, pedagogical or gender-oriented topics.

The performance of the family business is based on the consulting activities of Manfred Wagner Cultural Studies and Hartmut Krones as consultants, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Austrian Academy of Sciences and other institutions was extensively documented for the 50th year in 1995 at a ceremony at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, exhibitions at the European Forum Alpbach and at the Austrian National Library. Diederichs-Lafite edited a total of over 450 music periodicals and over 15 books of the Musikzeitedition.


1. Memberships and awards

  • Awarding of the title "Professor" 1999
  • Board member of the Austrian Society for Music.
  • Board member of the Ernst-Krenek-Institut-Privatstiftung
  • Member of the Board of the Arnold Schonberg Center Private Foundation

2. Publications

  • Kunst und Wissenschaft gehoren zusammen, Interview with Cordula Bosze, in Freistil 41 February, Vienna 2012, p. 7 ff.
  • Hanslicks unterschatzte Wegbereiter. In Gloria Withalm, Anna Spohn, Gerald Bast edit.: Kunst, Kontext, Kultur. Festschrift fur Manfred Wagner. Springer, Vienna 2012, ISBN 978-3-7091-1179-6, pp. 98–120.
  • Wurdigung Hartmut Krones. In Julia Bungardt edit.: Wiener Musikgeschichte: Annaherungen, Analysen, Ausblicke. Festschrift fur Hartmut Krones. Bohlau, Vienna 2009, ISBN 978-3-205-78389-3, pp. 7–10