Das trunkne Lied

I’m thrilled to announce the start of a rather large scale engraving project that we (that is for now Janek and me) have been commissioned with: the edition of Oskar Fried‘s cantata Das trunkne Lied.

Oskar Fried: Das trunkne Lied op. 11 (title page)

In 1904 the nearly unknown conductor Oskar Fried got the opportunity to perform his cantata for soloists, choir and full orchestra with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. This performance was a sensational success and made him a shooting-star, first in Berlin and soon internationally. However, while he is still counted amongst the ‘great conductors of the 20th century’, his music has been widely forgotten by now – fortunately there are some projects to change this, see for example this cd production of a few orchestral works. (Some more to be seen here in the near future …)

It seems Das trunkne Lied hasn’t been performed again after 1904, and so I’m really looking forward to a new performance that das junge orchester NRW will do in 2015. And I’m even more looking forward to preparing the performance material for these concerts as there has only survived the conductor’s score.

Of course we will do that edition with LilyPond, not only because of the superior output quality we expect, but especially for its unique potentials as a collaborative editing tool. Currently I’m creating the infrastructure that will allow us to distribute the workload of entering the ~150 pages of the score among an arbitrary number of contributors. Each one will only edit a short segment of one instrumental part at a time, and at any given moment we can create a ‘complete’ score. In the beginning this score is completely made up of rests, but when more and more segments have been entered they will gradually fill up the score.

This will be the ultimate test run for a ‘crowd edition’, as all contributors will simultaneously work on the same code base – something that is unimaginable with commonly used notation software. Exploring this entirely new approach to musical engraving and editing really is a great and exciting adventure!

Anybody interested in following the progress of or even participating in that project is invited to visit our project page on BitBucket.

7 thoughts on “Das trunkne Lied

  1. milimetr88

    As far as I know from Janek, for simultaneous work of contributors (“engravers”) you are using a Git repository? Nice idea 🙂

    1. Urs Liska

      Yes, that’s pretty awesome. Any number of ‘enterers’, scholarly reviewers or engravers can edit one score at the same time without stepping on each other’s feet. I recently asked two Finale respectively Sibelius users how they would approach such a thing – they didn’t even really understand the question 😉

      1. milimetr88

        Oh, it’s a pity that they can’t work in such a way and can’t even imagine such work 😉
        Nevertheless it would be nice to get an answer from them. Maybe asking a question in a different way would help?

        1. Urs Liska

          Well, I asked in a way that I got answers, and exactly the ones I’d expected. I won’t ask again but present them a paper outlining the unique potentials …

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