The research project Beethoven's Workshop, funded since 2014 by the german Academy of Sciences and Literature, is dedicated to Beethoven's compositional working processes. This project in the field of music philology is based on two closely related research areas: Parallel to the genetic text critique methods which are being developed, digital techniques and forms for an adequate presentation of research results will be developed. The methods and possibilities for visualization will also be transferable to other composers. For the research work, the coding format MEI (Music Encoding Initiative) will be used and expanded.
The music-related genetic text critique that is being developed takes up both working methods of musical sketch research and methods of the French, literary-oriented Critique génétique. This project investigates the compositional thinking and working processes, and tries to reconstruct the creation of a composition by using available workshop documents.