Sing-Akademie zu Berlin’s archive is one of the richest historic music collections of the eighteenth century. The collection, primarily assembled by Carl Friedrich Zelter, was considered missing for decades after World War II, before it was rediscovered in Kiev in 1999 by a team of researchers from Harvard University. In December 2001, it returned to Berlin. The 241 boxes contain about 264,100 pages of autographs, copies, and some rare printed music – largely first editions with handwritten dedications and annotations. Currently, the archive is housed at Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. All the holdings can be studied, via the library’s loan service, in the music reading room of the library (in its building Unter den Linden) and are fully available for research.
Overview of central holdings
Current research projects
We would be grateful to be notified of any research connected with our archive, and would be pleased to list your project here.
Contact: Christian Filips