Digital Music Edition (DME::Music)

1. Preamble
2. Organizational Realization
3. Layout and Configuration of DME::Music
  • 3.1. Structuring of the Edition
  • 3.2. Work Unit
  • 3.3. Editorial Unit
  • 3.4. Headings
  • 3.5. Style conventions for textual documents
4. Philological Principles
5. Musical Text and Encoding
  • 5.1. Basics
  • 5.2. General specifications
5.2.1. Measure count
5.2.2. XML:IDs
5.2.3. Score Parameters (general encoding principles)
a. Score layout
b. Staff size
c. Labeling of parts
d. Bars and bar lines
e. Key and meter
f. Clefs
g. Transposing instruments
h. Staves and voices
i. Segmentation
5.2.4. Musical Notation (general encoding principles)
a. Notes and rests
b. Accidentals
c. Articulation
d. Slurs, ties
e. Ornaments, fermatas
f. Dynamics, performance markings
g. Thorough bass
h. Shorthand notation and copy marks
5.2.5. Text Elements (general encoding principles)
a. Headings, tempo markings, movement designations, cues
b. Vocal text
  • 5.3. Edited Text
5.3.1. Definition
5.3.2. Score Parameters and Design
a. Score order
b. Staff size
c. Names of instruments and vocal parts
d. Bar lines
e. Clefs and transposing instruments
f. Keys and accidentals
g. Time signatures
h. Part writing
i. Peculiarities in music for keyboard and harp
k. Parts not explicitly notated
5.3.3. Musical Notation
a. Music signs
b. Ornaments
c. Arpeggios
d. Vocal appoggiaturas
e. Articulation
f. Dynamics and performance markings
g. Thorough bass
5.3.4. Vocal texts
a. Format
b. Text treatment in the edition
5.3.5. Headings, movement designations
5.3.6. Principles of editing
A. Corrections
a. Errors
b. Unclear readings
c. Doubtful readings
d. Gaps, loss of text
B. Adjustments
a. Adjustments of conflicting findings
b. Adjustments by analogy
C. Free Additions
D. Normalizations
E. Variant readings
  • 5.4. Reference Text
5.4.1. Basics
5.4.2. Normalizations
5.4.3. Editorial additions and typographical differentiations
  • 5.5. Transcript
5.5.1. Definition
5.5.2. Transcription depth
5.5.3. Rules
5.5.4. Individual features
5.5.5. Text components
5.5.6. Scribal hands
5.5.7. Stages of the writing process, text genesis
  • 5.6. Interpreted text
5.6.1. Definition
5.6.2. Regulations in detail
5.6.3. Documentation
6. Critical Documentation
  • 6.1. Content
  • 6.2. Source Description
  • 6.3. Source Evaluation
  • 6.4. Documentation and Code
  • 6.5. Annotations
  • 6.6. Style regulations for the Critical Documentation
The DME::Music is being developed at the International Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg (ISM) in cooperation with the Packard Humanities Institute (PHI), Los Altos, California, as is outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding of 2001.
DME::Music is the critical edition of the musical works of Wolfgang Amadé Mozart in accordance with current philological and editorial standards; it will potentially cover his entire compositional output.
The DME::Music is not identical to the New Mozart Edition (NMA), but the two are closely linked. It is based on the NMA and respects the integrity of scholarship and academic achievement of generations of scholars. In addition to the musical text presented in the NMA, DME::Music strives to open up new areas of Mozart's oeuvre through the edition of sources and alternate versions making them accessible to a variety of users and readers. DME::Music plans to take advantage of the flexibility of the digital format, including in particular the possibility of keeping the edition up to date according to the latest scholarly findings.
DME::Music is a digital edition. All of the music and text are encoded in the mark-up language XML. The code follows the standards of the Music Encoding Initiative (MEI) and the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). Variants, corrections and editorial additions are recorded and documented in the code. Within the edition, music and critical documentation are one unit. The encoding is the edition.
The code is visualized through a corresponding program that will allow the display of the music, variant readings, and editorial additions. In this form, it is freely accessible to the user on the website of the ISM. In addition, the Edition (the musical text with critical documentation) is provided to the user for download (in XML, possibly as a PDF). The use of the DME Music Edition in all of its forms is subject to the CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license.
The language of the edition is English; important accompanying texts may also be available in German or in other languages.
Given the nature of the digital edition, in which the visual output in the form of a traditional score is an application of the digital code, the Editorial Guidelines have to be, at least in part, also guidelines for the encoding. As far as the visual rendering of the edition is concerned, these guidelines take into account the textual representations, visualizations and display options provided by the ISM. The Editorial Guidelines are provided in the XML file header (<editorialDecl>) as a link. They are subject to versioning. The guidelines have recourse to version 3.0.0 of MEI and the corresponding Guidelines of the Music Encoding Initiative. They selectively establish conventions and preferences for the DME Music Edition without replacing the MEI-Guidelines in their entirety. If a new version of MEI is published by the Music Encoding Initiative, the coding guidelines are checked and, if necessary, adapted.