Case study 7: Fragments with Musical Notation in the Herzog August Bibliothek

Wolfenbüttel, HAB Cod. Fragm. 80 V

Case Study

Partner institution: Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel

Financed by: Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation Grant

Collaborator: Antje Hoffmann, MA, University of Music FRANZ-LISZT Weimar/Friedrich-Schiller University

Advisor: Dr. Christian Heitzmann, Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel

The Wolfenbüttel collection – two boxes full of music – offers a comprehensive collection of liturgical manuscripts spanning the period from the eleventh to the early seventeenth century. Although at first glance many of the manuscripts seem rather sober, they provide candid testimony to the development of ecclesiastical libraries, even if only in a few cases their place of origin can be identified. Moreover, these documents record the liturgical practice, and through it, the cultural heritage of Central Europe.

Antje Hoffmann (Weimar) received her MA in musicology in 2015. In addition to her studies, she has worked at the Free State of Thuringia Music Archive Weimar, the library of the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar, and for several projects for the chair of musicology of the University of Jena. Currently she is working on a Ph.D. project concerning the reception of the person and work of Franz Liszt in the early years of the German Democratic Republic.