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Music on Display

Studies on the Presentation and Reception of Musical Topics in Museums

Funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation)

Gamba Rockband Amsterdam

The project deals with the conception and possible interpretations of music exhibitions. It is the first systematic and comprehensive study on exhibitions as institutions of musical culture. The basic assumption is that exhibits can be seen as signs and convey thematic content via their combination with other exhibits. The range of possible topics includes the typology and development of musical instruments as well as aspects of music history and the musical characteristics of certain cultural regions.