Research topic: Norwegian music
There has been broad consensus that small countries/cultures must make special efforts towards preserving their musical culture.
The Norwegian Collection of Folk Music at the University of Oslo is an archive that collects, edits and publishes both recordings and sheet music editions of Norway’s musical heritage. They collaborate with various archive establishments that also have regional and local collections, organisations, and individuals.
The Department has begun constructing a web-based “Norwegian music history archive” on an experimental basis where sources and links to collection sources are kept. While it is important to systematise and preserve these sources for posterity, the long-term goal is to disseminate both these sources and the archived music for the listening pleasure of future generations.
To ensure such an undertaking, the University of Oslo and the National Library (comprising a national network of institutions and individual specialists) have joined forces to initiate a project entitled “Musical Heritage”. On the outset, the focus will be to preserve the heritage of written music and create a functional system to facilitate a high level of competence so that critical editions of sheet music can be produced and published as suitable editions.