Research project

Carmina Burana Online

A Digital Edition, Musicological Study and Practical Exploration of the Codex Buranus and Related Sources

01.01.2024 – 31.12.2027

The Codex Buranus (Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Clm 4660-4660a), copied around 1230, is an essential testimony to medieval literary and musical culture, the richest anthology of Latin poetry, the oldest source of Minnesang and an important collection of liturgical plays. From a musical point of view, however, the codex has not yet been sufficiently studied.

The project “Carmina Burana Online” consists of a digital edition of the Carmina Burana in the form of an online database providing access to the original sources, edited texts and melodies, translations and critical commentaries.

In addition to the scholarly edition, the pieces will be studied and interpreted from the perspective of performance studies in order to find new approaches to the melodies of the Codex Buranus notated in staffless neumes. 

Thanks to this transdisciplinary work, the project pays tribute to a jewel of European cultural heritage and enables the scientific community, musicians and the general public to rediscover the soundscape of medieval poetry.

Team "Carmina Burana Online"; Photo: Elam Rotem


  • Project team
  • Doctoral candidate
  • Time span

    01.01.2024 – 31.12.2027

  • Financing

    Schnweizerischer Nationalfonds SNF
    Projekt Nr. 215477

  • Partners / Cooperations
    • Prof. Dr. Pascale Bourgain, École nationale des chartes (Paris Sciences & Lettres)
    • Prof. Dr. Gundela Brandt-Bobeth, Musikwissenschaftliches Institut, Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf
    • Prof. Dr. Giulia Gabrielli, Fakultät für Bildungswissenschaften, Freie Universität Bozen
    • Prof. Dr. Andreas Haug, Corpus Monodicum, Institut für Musikforschung, Universität Würzburg
    • Prof. Dr. Marc Lewon, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis / FHNW
    • Prof. Dr. Katarina Livljanić, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis / FHNW
    • Dr. Philip Reich, Institut für Deutsche Philologie, Ludwig Maximilians Universität München
    • Dr. Anne-Zoé Rillon-Marne, Centre Humanités et Sociétés, Faculté des Humanités, Université catholique de l'ouest (UCO)
    • Prof. Baptiste Romain, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis / FHNW