02 May
25 Oct

Guesting at the Philologicum: LMU’s musicological collections

Opening hours / Beginning:

Monday to Friday 8 am - 10 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 8 pm

2 May 2024 - 25 October 2024


Foyer of the Philologicum library (ground floor) Ludwigstraße 25 80539 München

Fruit watercolors – Apples | © UB

At LMU, the scientific study of music is a tradition dating back more than 120 years. To begin with, however, the discipline encountered huge problems with its elusive subject: Sources slumbered in libraries and archives, historic notations had been forgotten, new scores – let alone recordings – did not yet exist, and historical instruments had been taken out of service…

LMU’s musicological collections are thus a testimony to years of relentless efforts to bring philological research, new technologies and innovative approaches together. For the purposes of the exhibition, objects were selected that convey a sense of this process as it is applied in teaching and research. They range from acoustic apparatus used for research by Carl Stumpf, to historical instruments and sources, to attempts to reconstruct music that even led to performances at Carnegie Hall. Modern technologies likewise help the science of musicology to further advance its fundamental objectives.

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