Digital Music Edition (DME::Music)

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.
DME::Music 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 license).
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).
The DME::Music 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