From Field to Fiddle - Neue Musiksaiten aus Schafdarm

In the context of historically informed performance practice, music of the 19th and early 20th centuries is increasingly being performed again on gut strings.


  • Lead department Bern Academy of the Arts
  • Institute Institute Interpretation
  • Research unit Performance and interpretation
  • BFH centre BFH Centre for Arts in Context
  • Funding organisation Innosuisse
  • Duration 01.08.2017 - 30.11.2019
  • Project management Kai Köpp
  • Head of project Kai Köpp
  • Project staff Jane Achtman
    Johannes Gebauer
    Bernhard Kainzbauer
  • Partner Geigenbauatelier Schürch
    Stiftung CAMERATA BERN


However, most gut strings in use today are produced using meth -ods from the second half of the 20th century. In this project, the research team will use written and oral sources to document both the qualitative criteria applied to sheep gut when making instrument strings, and the historical production methods employed in Saxony towards the close of the 19th century. Contemporary string makers will produce strings according to the documented methods. The resulting strings will be examined empirically by string players on the BUA staff. The aim of the research project is to acquire new insights into the sound, attack and stability of historical strings.