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Basle Bibliography for Historical Performance Practice 1974–2017

01.01.1974 – 31.12.2017

The bibliographical database of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis was compiled from 1974 to 2017 and contains about 30,000 entries. It entails publications connected to the subject of historical musical practice (historical performance practice, history and theory of early music). In terms of content, they range from the beginnings of western music to the period around 1850.

The Basel Bibliography differs from all other music-oriented bibliography databases (e. g., RILM, BMS) above all due to its classification scheme. With it, the recorded titles are assigned to precisely defined subject areas. In this way, subject areas can be circumscribed with unparalleled precision.

The actual version was edited by Martina Wohlthat (Hochschule für Musik FHNW, Vera Oeri-Bibliothek, Musik-Akademie Basel) and made available through open acces by  Tabea Lurk and Jürgen Enge (Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst FHNW).

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Story of the «Basler Bibliographie zur Historischen Musikpraxis»

The Bibliography came into being in 1974 through the initiative of Wulf Arlt, then director of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (SCB). Since 1977, the collected titles were published in the series Basler Jahrbuch für Historische Musikpraxis, with the heading “Bibliographie der Neuerscheinungen zur Historischen Musikpraxis”. Dagmar Hoffmann-Axthelm was responsible for the printed installments of the Bibliography from 1979 to 2007.
The year 2007 marked the end of the publication of the bibliographical titles in printed form. Since then, the Bibliography was continued as an electronic database openly accessible on the Internet. From 2008 to 2017 the digital version has been maintained by Martina Wohlthat, and the digital compilation of the older installments carried out by Michael Lang.


Thanks to Tabea Lurk and Jürgen Enge (Mediathek bzw. Center for Digital Matter at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design) the Bibliography continues to be available open access: Since 2018 on the digital platform for bibliograpies and on the Media Library at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design.