Electronic Linked Annotated Unified Tablature Edition

Job Opportunities

We are seeking Research Associates (prae-doc) to work as part of the international Weave project ‘E-LAUTE: Electronic Linked Annotated Unified Tablature Edition – The Lute in the German-Speaking Area 1450-1550’ in areas of research including musicology, medieval German studies, performance practice, and music informatics. Please click here to see all currently advertised positions.

Stammbuch Paul Jenisch Kutsche

The Lute in the German-Speaking Area 1450–1550

We are creating an open-access comprehensive and interactive edition of the lute tablatures (special notations for lutes) of the German-speaking area between 1450 and 1550. The corpus (2,000 pages) has not yet been investigated as a whole and is barely accessible to scholars and professional musicians as well as to the broad public, has not been deciphered and has therefore been evaluated only selectively. The reasons for this being the notation (‘German lute tablature’), which is little used today, the sites of the manuscripts scattered throughout Central Europe, and the fact that consistent adequate research methods have not yet been worked up.

The main aim is to create a novel form of music edition: an ‘open knowledge platform’ in which musicology, music practice, music informatics and literary studies intertwine and transform the ‘classic’ edition into a space of interdisciplinary and discipline-specific work. In order to create a comprehensive, complete modern scholarly edition, we synchronise high technology informatics in the fields of encoding, linking, recognition (OMR) and automatic transcription with manual music transcription and musical performance practice. We consider recordings of lute music a conceptual component of the edition. All components will be enriched with music-historical and performance-practical information and interlinked. The edition will be permanently hosted by the Austrian National Library and integrated into RISM Catalogue of Musical Sources. The edition we bring into being is dynamic: We are developing an annotation tool for posting and discussing comments, observations and interpretations that enables our users to co-edit.

As scholars, we are also working on five pilot studies on our platform that cover some current gaps in the research and practice of music before 1600: Variance and Retextualisation in the Music and Text of the Love Song (I), On the Origin of German Lute Tablature (II), Tablature Notation as Reflective Images of 16th-Century Culture (III), Dialogues About Music (‘interactive annotations’) (IV) and Hybrid Editions (V). As part of our project, the first hybrid edition in the Denkmäler der Tonkunst in Österreich series will be produced.

The E-LAUTE project brings together international and interdisciplinary researchers to achieve desiderata in the evaluation of this cultural heritage. It is funded by international programm WEAVE in cooperation of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF, Lead Agency, I 6019-G), the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF).

Tablature book

Core team

The core team unites seven instutions and consists of:

Dr. Kateryna Schöning, head, PI Austria, University of Vienna, Department of Musicology; Musicology
Dr. David M. Weigl, data officer, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna; Web Science and Music Informatics
Prof. Dr. Andreas Rauber, Vienna University of Technology; Information and Software Engineering
Mag. Max Kaiser, Mag. Martin Krickl and DI Christoph Steindl, Austrian National Library; host, IT
Dr. Reinier de Valk, Denmark/Austria, Music Encoding

Prof. Dr. Irene Holzer, PI Germany, Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich; Musicology
Prof. Dr. Cordula Kropik, PI Germany, University Bayreuth; German Medieval Studies

Prof. Dr. Martin Kirnbauer, PI Switzerland, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis / FHNW Basel; musicology and performance practice
Prof. Dr. Marc Lewon, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis / FHNW Basel; musicology and performance practice, lute

Contact: Kateryna Schöning - kateryna.schoening@univie.ac.at

Project Collaborators

Dr. Laurent Pugin, RISM Digital, Switzerland

Advisory Board

Prof. Tim Crawford, Goldsmiths University of London, UK
Prof. John Griffiths, University of Melbourne, Australia; Chair, Tablature in Western Music Study Group, IMS
Prof. Dr. Birgit Lodes, University of Vienna, Dept. of Musicology