Vom «Vortrag zur Interpretation» – Ignaz Moscheles’ Beethoven-Editionen sowie Welte-Aufzeichnungen als Quellen pianistischer Aufführungspraxis und Interpretationsästhetik zwischen 1830 und 1914

This project offers a new picture of Beethoven reception in the long 19th century.


  • Lead department Bern University of the Arts
  • Institute Institute Interpretation
  • Research unit Performance and interpretation
  • Funding organisation SNSF
  • Duration 01.08.2014 - 31.07.2017
  • Project management Thomas Gartmann
  • Head of project Thomas Gartmann
  • Project staff Martin Skamletz
    Manuel Bärtsch
    Leonardo Miucci
  • Partner Universität Bern, Institut für Musikwissenschaft
    Augustinermuseum Freiburg
    Conservatorio di Musica di Perugia
    Museum für Musikautomaten - Sammlung Dr. h.c. H. Weiss-Stauffacher
    Beethoven-Haus Bonn
    Schweizerischer Nationalfonds SNF
    Universität Bern


Editorial performance instructions in two complete editions by Ignaz Moscheles are being measured against sound recordings from different media, while historical sound recordings are being contextualized by a critical study of the textual sources. By linking philological work with digitally supported critical source analyses of acoustic recordings on the one hand and editorial practices for mechanical instruments on the other, we are breaking new ground in methodological terms. These methods promise new, deep insights into the historical progression from «performance» to «interpretation». The findings gained will prove useful for piano playing far beyond Beethoven and will be of great interest to media theorists.