December 12, 2006 6:21 PM   Subscribe

Search the complete works (including 8000 pages of critical commentary) of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a gift by the Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum on the occasion of his 250th birthday. (German links are also available).
posted by ubiquity (8 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Results 1 - 10 of about 10,500,000 for quarter note.
posted by smackfu at 6:43 PM on December 12, 2006

Do I understand correctly that the critical commentary is mostly at the level of correcting the text and not, for example, "this movement's modulation to this remote key was an advance over other concertos"?
posted by Schmucko at 7:08 PM on December 12, 2006

Great find. The critical commentary is in German - but might be useful for research. Once you select a piece of music to view, several tabs appear in the top left corner. "Synopsis" will show the commentary side by side with the score.

The kicker - almost everything (including the scores) is available as .pdfs. Click the "Table of contents" page. The TOC will provide links to generating the pdfs. A little slow on the uptake, but pretty amazing.

Browsing by key or "category" is provides some interesting leads - but you can't search for B major for some reason.
posted by imposster at 8:56 PM on December 12, 2006


I don't really have anything substantive to say, but this is pretty damned cool.
posted by moss at 9:18 PM on December 12, 2006

Alas, it largely seems to be giving 404 errors for much of the material.
posted by majick at 8:40 AM on December 13, 2006

Apparently ISM seriously underestimated how much traffic they would get. Hopefully they will either get more servers, or put all of Beethoven's stuff up at some other site to balance the workload. ;-)
posted by ubiquity at 9:00 AM on December 13, 2006

I have yet to receive a single page of PDF.

[This might be good]
posted by Wolfdog at 9:48 AM on December 13, 2006

A year ago, by the way, was the 50th anniversary of George Enescu's death. It went by scarcely noticed by the world at large, though if you trim the fat from the two men's ouevres, you end up with a very comparable balance.
posted by Wolfdog at 9:53 AM on December 13, 2006

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