The series Instrument & Kontext; edited by Helmut Balk
The Greifenberger Institute of Musical Instruments is instrumental in
projecting and conceiving of publications in the series Instrument und
Kontext. (In this series publidhed in 1995: Der Münchner Klavierbauer
Gregor Deiß. Ein Hammerflügel um 1815, edited by J. Focht and S.
Berdux). In 2007 a CD-ROM has been edited in collaboration with the
universities of Augsburg, Leipzig and Jena/Weimar: Mechanik der Poesie
II, and work with further DVD projects within this series is in
progress: DVD I: Die Orgel von der Antike bis 1600, DVD II: Die Orgel
von 1600 bis 1800, (delivery from April 2008), DVD III: Die Orgel von
1800 bis heute. In 2008 work on the DVD Die Geschichte des Orchesters,
vom Ensemble zum Symphonie-Orchester will begin. Monographic
presentations of other musical instruments as multimedia DVD are in the
The DVDs are designed for teaching at schools, universities and for self-study.
The Institute acts here as interface between research, education, instruments, media design and financing.
Aesthetics music, poetry and high-performances of craft form a unity in a musical instrument. In the preserved historical instruments, this unity is often hidden by the passage of time. The methods developed by the Greifenberger Institute allow gaining insight into the original properties of the system. The complex system of individual parts of a musical instrument makes in its entirety a sum that exceeds the properties of the individual parts which is in technical system theory defined as emergence. The methods of the technical system theory also provide a tool for understanding of a musical instrument that enables a hermeneutic process generating deep insight into the context of musical instrument, era and technology. The quasi-seismographic recording of musical aesthetics in the musical instrument becomes a source of music-historical research. Results of this research are helping to re-encounter music-historical content on a scientifically sound basis, and forms a basis for a modern, contemporary interpretation.
Autor: Helmut Balk
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