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Research at the Brahms-Institut

A Center of Expertise and Documentation

In terms of Brahms research around the world, the Brahms-Institut is an important center of expertise, housing extensive archival material. The Brahms-Institut collects and preserves material on the composer’s life, on his work, his world, and his impact on music history. The collection has been the basis for wide reaching research: foundational work like the Brahms-Briefwechselverzeichnis (BBV) and individual projects on special areas of Brahms research. Beside their own research VR, the Brahms-Institut also supports external projects like the Neue Brahms Gesamtausgabe, which is located at Musikwissenschaftliches Institut at Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel. In addition, dissertations are researched and written at the Brahms-Institut that are closely based on the source material in the collection. Research areas also result from the respective exhibition subjects and annual conferences (and in cooperation with the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival).

Research activity is reflected in the numerous publications of the institution: the exhibition catalogues and conference volumes, handbooks, various facsimile editions, and individual essays on research issues dealing with Johannes Brahms and his circle.

Autograf des Klavierquartetts op. 26 von Johannes Brahms
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