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Federal Ministry of Education and Research

BMBF-Project 1197



Project duration: 1st February 2018 to 31th July 2020
Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

In a comprehensive digitization project supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) at the Museum of Musical Instruments at the University of Leipzig, a large part of the collection is currently being developed in a completely new way. In the first part of the project, selected keyboard instruments are digitized with regard to their sound disposition. In further steps, the original compasses of historical clavichords, harpsichords, pianofortes and organs are reconstructed so that each instrument is digitized and represented in its tonal disposition. In addition, it will be possible to reproduce the compass of each keyboard instrument in different tonalities and temperatures. As a result, in combination with digitized original score texts, which are already available in various scientific editions, historic compositions can be adequately heard – computer-simulated, independent of the historical instrument, and accessible through the museum’s website.

The second essential part of the TASTEN project is the digitization of valuable piano rolls (3200 objects) produced between 1870 and 1914. Famous pianists of the time like Edvard Grieg, Ferruccio Busoni and Max Reger, to name but three, used the technology of a self-playing piano and conserved their own piano playing on paper rolls. These sensitive objects are now digitized, described, sound-recorded and will be accessible to the public via our website.

Research team:

Prof. Dr. Josef Focht and Prof. Dr. Gerik Scheuermann (project leadership)
Dr. Heike Fricke (project coordination)
Dipl.-Rest. Mina Rakelmann
Dipl.-Rest. Markus Brosig
Dipl.-Mus. Jörg Holzmann
Philipp Hosbach M.A.
Richard Khulusi, M.Sc.
Johannes Köppl, M.A.
Jakob Kusnick, M.Sc.

Student assistant:
Lea Burmeister
Marta Nahlik
Dominik Ukolov, B.A.
Richard Limbert, B.A.
Mai Anne Nguyen


For further information: Dr. Heike Fricke


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