Watermarks and musicology

Virtual expert conference
21 and 22 May 2021
Organiser: Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

Conference flyer | © BSB

Conference flyer | © BSB

About the conference

On 21 and 22 May 2021, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek organises an expert conference on the topic "Watermarks and musicology". The event marks the conclusion of the DFG project on the digital capturing of the watermarks in music manuscripts up to the 17th century.
Further information on the DFG project

Light will be shed on the topic from different perspectives: Cataloguing projects, in their function as an interface between source material and research, give an insight into their work. New developments in the field of digitization technology and academic infrastructure will be discussed as well. At the same time, watermarks will be deliberated as an object of musicological research.

The conference, which was originally planned for 15 May 2020 as an event with on-site attendance, could unfortunately not take place as intended due to the pandemic. The conference has been rescheduled with an expanded programme and will take place in a virtual format.


Friday, 21 May 2021

09:00 – 09:15

  • Welcoming address
    (Dorothea Sommer and Reiner Nägele, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek)

09:15 – 09:45

  • Keynote
    Wasserzeichen in Musikphilologie und Musikhistoriographie
    (Watermarks in music philology and music historiography)
    (Ulrich Konrad, University of Würzburg)

Technology – portals – documentation: Filigranology and scholarly infrastructure

9:45 – 10:45 → Session 1

  • The Memory of Paper – das Portal Bernstein und Wasserzeichen in Musikquellen
    (The Memory of Paper – the Portal Bernstein and watermarks in music sources)
    (Emanuel Wenger, Austrian Academy of Sciences)
    Abstract  (PDF, 460 KB)
  • Mehr als Briefmarken sammeln: Wasserzeichenanalyse mittels WZMA und WZIS
    (More than collecting stamps: Watermark analysis by means of WZMA and WZIS)
    (Maria Stieglecker, Austrian Academy of Sciences)
    Abstract  (PDF, 482 KB)

11:00 – 12:00 → Session 2

  • Paper Trails: Wasserzeichenabnahme in Island mittels Hyperspektralkamera
    (Paper Trails: Watermark detection in Iceland by means of hyperspectral camera)
    (Silvia Hufnagel, Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies)
    Abstract  (PDF, 482 KB)
  • Detailgenaue Erfassung von Wasserzeichen mittels Transmissionsthermografie
    (Accurate detection of watermarks by means of transmission thermography)
    (Thorsten Allscher, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek)
    Abstract  (PDF, 464 KB)

13:00 – 14:00 → Session 3

  • Wasserzeichenprojekte im Kontext des Handschriftenerschließungszentrums / Die Wasserzeichenanalyse als notwendige Arbeitshilfe für Datierung und Lokalisierung griechischer Handschriften
    (Watermark projects in the context of the Manuscript Cataloguing Center / Watermark analysis as a required tool for dating and pinpointing Greek manuscripts)
    (Marina Molin Pradel and Carolin Schreiber, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek)
    Abstract  (PDF, 468 KB)
  • Das Wasserzeichen-Informationssystem WZIS. Zur Erschließung, Dokumentation und Auswertung von Wasserzeichen
    (The watermark information system WZIS. On the cataloguing, documentation and evaluation of watermarks)
    (Erwin Frauenknecht, State Archive of Baden-Württemberg)
    Abstract  (PDF, 363 KB)

14:15 – 15:15 → Session 4

  • Die Dokumentation von Wasserzeichen in der Münchner Arbeitsstelle des RISM am Beispiel ausgewählter Bestände
    (The documentation of watermarks at the Munich office of the RISM on the basis of a selection of holdings)
    (Steffen Voss, RISM Office Munich)
  • Metadaten, Thermographie, Muscat und WZIS: Ein Praxisbericht
    (Metadata, thermography, Muscat and WZIS: A practical experience report)
    (Andrea Hartmann, RISM Office Dresden)
    Abstract  (PDF, 465 KB)

Saturday, 22 May 2021

Watermarks in music sources: Individual examinations and collection analyses

10:00 – 11:00 → Session 1

  • Wasserzeichen in Musikhandschriften der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek: Chorbücher, Tabulaturen und Stimmbücher
    (Watermarks in music manuscripts of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek: Choir books, tablatures and part books)
    (Veronika Giglberger and Bernhard Lutz, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek)
    Abstract  (PDF, 466 KB)
  • Wasserzeichen in Bach-Quellen
    (Watermarks in Bach sources)
    (Alan Dergal Rautenberg, Berlin State Library)
    Abstract  (PDF, 467 KB)

11:15 – 12:15 → Session 2

  • Notenpapiere in der Musiksammlung des Salzburger Domes zwischen 1700 und 1850
    (Note papers in the music collection of Salzburg cathedral between 1700 and 1850)
    (Eva Neumayr, Archive of the Archdiocese Salzburg / International Mozarteum Foundation)
    Abstract  (PDF, 479 KB)
  • Wasserzeichen und Kopisten in Wiener Opernpartituren 1771 – 1774
    (Watermarks and copyists in opera scores from Vienna 1771 – 1774)
    (Martin Eybl, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna)
    Abstract  (PDF, 494 KB)

13:00 – 14:00 → Session 3

  • Wasserzeichen in Berliner Beethoven-Autographen: Aspekte der Erschließung im WZIS
    (Watermarks in Beethoven autographs from Berlin: Aspects of cataloguing in WZIS)
    (Julia Neumann, Berlin State Library)
    Abstract  (PDF, 483 KB)
  • Notenpapiere in Kurköln 1750 – 1794. Neue Erkenntnisse und Forschungsfragen
    (Note papers in the Electorate of Cologne 1750 – 1794. New findings and research questions)
    (John Wilson, University of Vienna / Austrian Academy of Sciences)
    Abstract  (PDF, 483 KB)

14:15 – 14:45 → Session 4

  • Wasserzeichenforschung an Autographen von Franz Schubert. Ein neues Projekt
    (Watermark research on autographs by Franz Schubert. A new project)
    (Andrea Lindmayr-Brandl, University of Salzburg; Clemens Gubsch and Günther Koliander, Austrian Academy of Sciences)
    Abstract  (PDF, 472 KB)

14:45 – 15:45

  • Roundtable
    Wrap-up discussion and interdisciplinary exchange

Conference information overview

DateFriday, 21 May 2021 → 9:00 – 15:15
Saturday, 22 May 2021 → 10:00 – 15:45
VenueThe event will take place using the video conferencing system Zoom.
Please take note of our data protection statement before taking part.
Zoom – Privacy policy  (in German)
ProgrammeConference programme for download  (PDF, 4.4 MB)
Costs and registrationParticipation in the conference is free of charge; registration by e-mail is required by 17 May 2021:
All registered participants will receive the access code to the conference system by e-mail a number of days prior to the event.
Contact personsContact and information
Dr. Veronika Giglberger and Bernhard Lutz
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek