The DME Music Edition
The core project of the Digital Mozart Edition (DME) is the music edition (DME::Music), which is currently being developed by the Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg (ISM) in collaboration with The Packard Humanities Institute (PHI) in Los Altos/CA. DME::Music was conceived as an offspring of the Neue Mozart-Ausgabe (NMA) which has been published by the Mozarteum Foundation since 1954 and has been available as NMA Online since 2006. DME::Music is based on the NMA and respects the integrity of scholarship and academic achievement of generations of scholars. As an online project, DME::Music will not be identical to the NMA either in its content or its appearance.
is a fully digital edition. The musical texts are encoded in the open, XML-based format of the Music Encoding Initiative
(MEI), which facilitates the documentation of editorial decisions and enables the continuous update of the edition. A visualization program transfers the machine-readable XML code to regular music notation. All variants and editorial interventions can be made visible directly in the sheet music. The data format used in DME::Music
allows for a dynamic display of the sheet music, including the production of performance materials, adapted to the needs of the user. Not only can the layout-independent coding be displayed on the screen, it is also available for external reuse in other programs (CC BY SA NC 4.0
DME::Music relies on two strands of editions:
- ‘Reference Text’: This is a digitally re-mastered representation of the musical text of the NMA, updated and enriched for online display. The ‘Reference Text’ is based on a complete encoding of the NMA provided by PHI. It is synchronized with the NMA Online for reference.
- ‘Alternative Texts’: These are new editions of selected works chosen according to specific criteria. The ‘Alternative Texts’ are typically source editions based on a single source and are meant as a complement to the NMA ‘Reference Text’. ‘Alternative Texts’ may be available in different representations:
- as a transcript of the original source or as a source protocol which documents a range of genetic information and idiosyncrasies,
- as a normalized version of the source text that converts the historical notation into a modernized and regularized “orthography” (interpreted text), and
- as a newly edited text featuring editorial interventions and decisions and optionally comparable with corresponding NMA ‘Reference Text’ (edited text).
Web Interface is built around the Verovio
music engraving library developed by he Swiss RISM office. It offers a variety of features and advanced functionalities for navigation and customized display of the music (for details see the DME UI Manual
Last update: May 2017