Teatro alla Scala - Milan
Digitisation project for the music archive (audio and scores) of Teatro alla Scala
Although Teatro alla Scala is often associated with operas, concerts, recitals, it is probably not known that it possesses a historical music archive of great significance. It includes three kinds of music media:
For this reason, a panel of international sponsors has funded in 1997 a project for the preservation of this precious music heritage. The scientific direction and the execution of the project has been entrusted to the LIM Laboratorio di Informatica Musicale of the Computer Science Department at the University of Milan.
Video recordings cover approximately the same period, while they were always taken by a single fixed telecamera. So, they are not considered in the current project.
Music scores include:
Both the first and the third have great historical value. Thousands of these documents are available and need to be preserved, and organized for efficient enjoyment. Furthermore, computer methods allows the Archive to enhance the quality of its products, and reduce the costs of many activities. For example, the printing of transposed parts.
Furthermore, there are thousands of score documents, not yet catalogued by computer, including orchestral scores, working draft scores, single instrument parts, singing-piano reductions used during the rehearsals by the singers, the producer, the choreographer, and so on.
The overall goals of the project are:
Major results are expected in the music audio domain and for the characterization of interactive databases based on music archive media.
Research topics gives some original advanced features such as: