This project focuses on private music-making in bourgeois circles in circa 1800. This formed the foundation for today’s music life in Switzerland.


  • Lead school Bern Academy of the Arts
  • Institute Institute Interpretation
  • Research unit Performance and interpretation
  • Funding organisation SNSF
  • Duration (planned) 01.08.2023 - 31.07.2025
  • Project management Christoph Riedo
  • Head of project Dr. Claudio Bacciagaluppi
  • Project staff Simon Gertschen
    Prof. Irena Müller
  • Partner Université de Genève
    Historisches Museum Basel
    Klingendes Museum
    Zentralbibliothek Zürich
    Zentral- und Hochschulbilbiothek Luzern


The cultivation of music in the house of Lukas Sarasin (1730–1802) in Basel can serve to showcase the phenomenon of private music-making in bourgeois circles. A website, a touring exhibition (in Basel, Zurich, Bern and Lucerne), concerts and workshops for schools and orchestral societies will bring the results of this research to a wider audience.

This project contributes to the following SDGs

  • 4: Quality education