Institute policy

The institute of organology is borne by the idea that musical instruments are a major part of cultural tradition. „Major“ because the poetical factor is accessible beyond the passage of time in these products of artistic artisanal power of expression. To recognize the poetical factor, a hermeneutic process is needed that makes the transmission of history of ideas available. A bequeathed instrument preserves in its technical and physical structure a longing for expression; even more so, it is as if the longing is illustrated. It is the technological-artisanal culture, which has preserved essential.
 The institute is open to all projects that serve the exploration of this structure and contribute to explore the connection between composition and instrument from the perspective of the history of ideas.
Exemplification: We know Gustav Mahler's word that the most beautiful music "is not written in the notes", engendering the problem of interpretation. This problem grows with the temporal distance of the composition. The construction of musical instruments preserves that part of the beauty that connects the idea of music with the sound. The aim of a scientific organology is only rarely the sound which iss changed through the passage of time, but the detection of the artisanal structure that forms the sound. Both the sound-forming musician today, and the artisan have enjoyed a differentiated education. During the pre-industrial time the craftsman was educated so sophisticated, that in acquiring the formal insignia of mastership he became free to design within the soundscape. In the texture of the work the fulfilment of the longing for expression is preserved, and in the preserved instrument such texture can be read. The structure, the construction of the instrument, and the idea that can be recognized here is of cultural importance. The Greifenberger Institute for Organology sees its mission in the promotion of methods to treat transmission of the history of ideas scientifically, when it comes to historical instruments. Archival research, methods of measuring and documenting, physical-technological investigations, identification of age and material, analysis of manufacturing technology are complex scientific methods which’s application and development are researched in our institute. The combination of procedures from natural sciences with musicological methods generates knowledge and insight, which can provide the basis of a modern musical interpretation.

Autor: Helmut Balk

Mechanik der Poesie II
– Die Orgel im 17. und
18. Jahrhundert
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Mechanik der Poesie I
– Besaitete Tasteninstrumente des 15.-19. Jahrhunderts
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