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As part of the so-called Organ Movement, the Romantic organ repertoire was from about 1925 onwards put aside in favour of Baroque masterpieces.


  • Lead school Bern Academy of the Arts
  • Institute Institute Interpretation
  • Research unit Performance and interpretation
  • Funding organisation SNSF
  • Duration 01.03.2014 - 31.12.2018
  • Project management Daniel Glaus
  • Head of project Prof. Dr. Kai Köpp
  • Project staff Sebastian Bausch
    Nicola Cittadin
    Dominik Hennig
    David Rumsey
    Hans-Wilhelm Schmitz
  • Partner Museum für Musikautomaten - Sammlung Dr. h.c. H. Weiss-Stauffacher
    Augustinermuseum Freiburg
    Max-Reger-Institut/Elsa-Reger-Stiftung Karlsruhe
    Deutsches Musikautomaten Museum Bruchsal
    Pontificio Institutio di Musica Sacra


When instruments from the 19th century were renovated, the style of interpretation that they represented was also lost – not least because it had hardly been possible before 1925 to make recordings in a church acoustic. For this reason, the recordings made for the Welte Philharmonie Organ from circa 1909 onwards are among the earliest-ever recordings of artistic organ playing. A previous project was able to confirm the credibility of these recordings by investigating the actual recording process; now, a scholarly catalogue of these historical documents of interpretation is being created that will form the basis for future research. Initial examination will concentrate on the early organ recordings of Eugène Gigout (1844–1925) and Marco Enrico Bossi (1861–1925).