Digitisation of sheet music from the Eighteenth century

19 December 2019

music sheet in manuscript

Detail from music sheet with music by Johan HelmichRoman.

The Department of Musicology at Uppsala University has been granted funding from the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences for digitizing manuscript music from Sweden’s Age of Liberty (1718-1772) and to create a research database containing detailed information needed for future research on the material.

The manuscripts are held by the University Libraries in Uppsala and Lund, and by the Music and Theatre Library, Stockholm. This material will contribute new knowledge about Swedish music from the Age of Liberty, not least music performed by hofkapellmeister Johan Helmich Roman, “the father of Swedish music”. The musical repertoire is largely foreign, primarily German and Italian, and is of considerable interest for international researchers.

The digital images will be made accessible open access and stored in the database Alvin. New data will be added to the database as they become available.

The project will run for 3 years with start in 2020.

Contact: Kia Hedell