Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Digital and Collected Editions Symposium

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Digital and Collected Editions Symposium

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On Saturday, 19 January 2008, a symposium entitled Digital Editions--Perspectives for Editors and Users was held in Denmark at the University of Copenhagen. It was organised by the Section of Musicology, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies (University of Copenhagen) and was supported by Sonning-Fonden. While I was the only Fontes' Corresponding Editor among the participants (about 30), I decided to shed a light upon this interesting event. As we all know, digital media intensifies increasingly the demands on musicology to develop appropriate new working processes. Thus, the symposium was aimed at elucidating the perspectives for digital music editions: ongoing projects were presented, and possibilities and challenges that both editors and users are facing were discussed.

Paul Vetch (King's College London) gave an excellent overview of two digital editions: Chopin First Editions Online (CFEO) and Online Chopin Variorum Edition (OCVE). Digital facsimile editions of Renaissance period were introduced by two speakers. Dr. Frans Wiering from the Department of Information and Computing Sciences, Utrecht University, spoke about Corpus mensurabilis musice electronicum (CMME) in his paper on "Digital Editions of Renaissance Polyphony and Lute Tabulatures: The Model and the Scholar". Dr. Peter Woetmann Christoffersen (Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen) presented a paper about publishing 15th century music, open access and digital editing. …

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