Digital Mozart Edition

Project Outline

The Digital Mozart Edition (DME) is currently being developed at the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg in cooperation with Packard Humanities Institute in Los Altos, California, USA. The DME will provide world wide access to the complete works of Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791) in digital form via the internet for study and performance purposes. In addition to the presentation of all works of music online, the DME will include a critical edition of letters, documents and libretti as well.  The DME strives to incorporate images of original source materials with due consideration of copyright laws.  Access to the website, including the downloading and printing of files for non-commercial purposes, is free.  Information relating to works and sources will also be provided online.

The DME was conceived as the offspring of the New Mozart Edition (Neue Mozart-Ausgabe, NMA) which has been published by the Mozarteum Foundation in association with the Mozart cities of Augsburg, Salzburg and Vienna since 1951.  The DME is based on the NMA and respects the integrity of scholarship and academic achievement of generations of scholars.  As an online project, the DME will not remain identical to the New Mozart Edition in its content or appearance .

Tasks

The Digital Mozart Edition is the core program of the Mozart Institute at the International Mozarteum Foundation and was established on July 1, 2001 for the concentration of research activities. The DME aims to appeal to a broad international audience, offering access to the life and works of Mozart, not only for scholars and professional musicians, but for all music enthusiasts.
The Digital Mozart Edition is based on an open, electronic platform that was developed and realized by the Packard Humanities Institute. The computer readable code is obtained from scans of the NMA. The musical text of the DME will be successively revised and updated.

Perspectives

Within the limits of copyright laws, the digital format allows the link of sources (in digital facsimiles) with the edition. As compared with traditional media, the presentation of variants and varying versions has been simplified through the use of the digital format and offers the user the opportunity of direct comparison. When various historical sources of a work are available, the genesis of the work in its most important stages may be represented. The Mozart Institute is preparing, in addition, text and image files, reference lists, a data base of sources, as well as, a catalog of works which will be placed online as part of the DME. The data format will allow for the individual creation and assembly of performance materials. Layout independent data are not only limited to the screen but may be printed out or transferred to other music programs for further adaptation.

Realization

The first step in the digitalization of the New Mozart-Edition has taken place and includes the digitalization of 126 volumes and some 26,000 pages of music, as well as, the critical reports which add an additional 8,500 pages to the total. Access to any specific work has been made easy via the database. In the NMA online, information from the critical report and the score, which was previously accessible only in separate volumes, is now linked in synopsis form to make detailed study of a work more practical. In December 2006, the complete musical scores of the NMA were placed online under: http://dme.mozarteum.at/nma/. The interactive CD-ROM: MOZART DIGITAL Fantasie and Sonate KV 475 & 457 (www.mozart-digital.at), issued by the International Mozarteum Foundation in March 2006, presents this autograph composition by Mozart which has been in possession of the ISM since 1990 in a simple design. It is possible to leaf through the pages and study them: each page includes commentary and can be followed while listening to a recording of the piece performed on Mozart’s own instrument. Some of these specially developed features will be adapted to the DME.

Vision

Through the realization of this ambitious project, the ISM with long term support by the Packard Humanities Institute sees the Digital Mozart Edition as an educational mandate beyond mere scholarly research: the Mozart Institute hopes to share the accumulated knowledge surrounding the life and works of Mozart with free access for anyone interested worldwide.

Last Update: March 2010