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Research centre Beethoven-Archiv

The Beethoven-Archiv was founded in 1927 as research center on Beethoven and his compositions, his intellectual and cultural background, and the history of his influence. It collects the scattered records in original form or as photographic reproductions, pursues extensive research and edition projects and also provides advice on external projects.


The scholarly activities of the Beethoven-Archiv lie primarily in the editorial field. Its projects include the scholarly-critical complete edition of Beethoven's works, the complete edition of Beethoven's correspondence, a selected edition of his sketches and a facsimile series of selected manuscripts. In addition, it also supports and participates in several projects of a bibliographical and biographical nature.

While the collection and preservation of sources surrounding Beethoven's life and works is laid down in the constitutions, the goals of the scholarly activities are not. This means that the institute is able to respond more flexibly to questions and issues arising in Beethoven research and also to seize new initiatives. With the publication series concerning Beethoven research (mongraphs) and Beethoven studies (essays) it has created forums which can also be accessed by external scholars.

The Beethoven-Archiv organizes various academic functions (conferences, lectures and exhibitions) as the occasion arises and participates in external undertakings. To a limited extent it also acts in an advisory capacity to external scholars and invites communication.

The Beethoven-Archiv actively promotes young musicologists and musicians during practical trainings as well as by accompanying them during their residencies in students' colleges, mentorings or master classes.


Forschungszentrum Beethoven-Archiv

Bonngasse 24-26
53111 Bonn

Tel.: 49 (0) 228-9 81 75-0
Fax: 49 (0) 228-9 81 75-24
eMail: forschungaTPhoiNvpW7xw1zSjBuwnbeethovende