Digital networking: Leipziger Synagogalchor makes performance data online available

The choir archive, which spans almost six decades, is now accessible to everyone – and may be expanded continuously

The musiconn.peformance database is now richer by more than 760 entries, as the Leipziger Synagogalchor is now also represented there with its extensive archive. The portal of the Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB), activated as part of the Specialised Information Service for Musicology, enables convenient research into musical performances – from the beginnings of concert activity to the present day. It networks the research data of various partners. The institutions that have previously opened their archives for the portal include a. o. the Dresden State Opera, the Frankfurt Museum Society, the Albert Lortzing Society, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Dresden Kreuzchor and the Leipzig St. Thomas Choir – and since November also the Leipziger Synagogalchor.

The Leipzig ensemble took advantage of the forced break caused by the corona pandemic and evaluated all available materials in the choir archive for musiconn.performance. These include programs, posters, announcements, advertisements, invitations and reviews from 1963 to 2020. The data recorded – locations, occasions, musicians, organizers, work titles, composers – illustrate the broad spectrum of the Jewish repertoire and its performances in numerous concerts in Germany and abroad, at memorial and festive events, in services and other event formats. The project offers a broad research basis for the presentation of the cultivation of Jewish music in the GDR and in Germany after 1990.

The database is not only accessible to scientists. Everyone can and is allowed to inform, browse and research: How often was Louis Lewandowski’s “Ma tovu” performed? Which compositions by Samuel Lampel were performed? Which soloists and orchestras made music with the choir? When and where did the ensemble perform in Poland or Israel? What part does the choir have in the remembrance culture in East and West? All answers can now be found at https://performance.slub-dresden.de.

But not everything has been recorded completely, so the choir asks the audience, organizers, archives and former singers for help: Anyone who has material from the history of the choir is welcome to contact us and help to further expand the digital archive.