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The »Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung« (SIM) is a research institution for musicology with wide-reaching fields of activity. Situated in a building designed by Hans Scharoun at the ›Berlin Kulturforum‹ between the »Berliner Philharmonie« and the Sony-Center, the institute is a place of historical and theoretical reflection and at the same time a place where both music performance and its study are conveyed to a broad music-loving audience. For the latter purpose, the »Musikinstrumenten-Museum« (MIM) provides an ideal forum, hosting various events, from academic symposia to lecture recitals with Early Music performances on period instruments of the museum’s collection to interactive sound installations.

The »Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung« is an institution of the    Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2007.

BUSONI. Free Musical Art!

An exhibition of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, the Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung and the Kunstbibliothek – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

4.9.2016 to 8.1.2017

Kunstbibliothek at the Kulturforum

The composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor and music theorist Ferruccio Busoni (1866–1924) is considered one of the most outstanding artistic personalities of his era. Alongside composers such as Arnold Schönberg, Igor Stravinsky, Béla Bartók and Paul Hindemith, he was a pioneer of New Music. Just as his contemporary Wassily Kandinsky comprehended the history of art to be a development towards pure abstraction, Busoni dreamed of a music of 'abstract sounds'. In many of his compositions he touched on the atonality of the contemporary avant-garde, his aesthetics focus on a vision of free music. His lasting influence on the art and music of the 20th century makes him one of the central figures of the modern era.

This year we'll be celebrating Ferruccio Busoni's 150th birthday. The Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung, the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin and the Kunstbibliothek want to raise public awareness of his life, his work, his multi-talent and his networks in an extensive exhibition for this anniversary.

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Ferruccio Busonis' hands. Rudolf M. Breithaupt, Die natürliche Klaviertechnik, C. F. Kahnt Nachf., Leipzig 1905, page 331. Photo: Prof. Dr. Eduard Schiff’s Institute for Radiology and Radiation therapy, Vienna.bearbeiten


Tempo Measurements in Piano Sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven

by Heinz von Loesch and Fabian Brinkmann

As part of a collaborative project between the Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung Preußischer Kulturbesitz and the Audiocommunication Group of the Technische Universität Berlin, over the course of the last few years we measured—bar by bar—tempi in the first movements of three of Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano sonatas (Appassionata Sonata, Sonata op. 2 No. 3, Hammerklavier Sonata) in interpretations from the 1920s through the 2000s. In so doing we examined a series of factors: Have the tempo and shaping of tempo (‘Tempogestaltung’) changed over time? Are there national or culture-specific traditions? Can inter-subjective tempo decisions be identified? How had the shaping of tempi by an individual artist developed over the years and decades? What is the relationship between interpretational practice and the recommendations in the editions prepared by celebrated interpreters?

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