Making digitised scores audible

The Zentralbibliothek Zurich and several other Libraries in Switzerland own large numbers of music scores. Several of these scores are accessible via the digital platforms e-manuscripta and e-rara. But what if you want to hear the music instead of just seeing the score sheets?

We would like to make digitised music scores deposited on e-manuscripta and e-rara audible, using OMR and notational software. Our overall goal would be to develop a workflow resulting in audio files. Such a workflow would at any rate include manual steps. Rather than developing a fully automated pipeline, this little explorative study is an attempt to find out about the potentials of OMR in a cultural heritage context, possibly making written music more accessible.


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  • Anna Keller
  • Henrike Hoffmann
  • Alexa Renggli
  • Neni Milo
  • Nobutake Kamiya
  • Lionel Walter

Image: Hans Georg Nägeli: Christliche Lieder zur Feyer der Reformation, Zürich 1818, Zentralbibliothek Zürich, Mus WB 7132 (

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