Father Lukas Helg, Musical Librarian, Benedictin Monastery, Einsiedeln
The valuable musical treasures which lie in the music libraries of the
monasteries of central Switzerland have been documented and archived in an
exemplary fashion over the last decade by the RISM (Répertoire International des
Sources Musicales). For this reason we cannot expect any further musical
Hundreds of musical scores, both handwritten and printed, are kept in the music
library of our monastery in Engelberg. Around 30 years ago we re-arranged these
internationally-important treasures and the Répertoire International des Sources
Musicales (RISM) documented the scores up to the year 1800.
The “Dormant Notes“ project is very valuable and I wish you great success.
From a history of music perspective, I would like to support Heinrich Knüsel’s
endeavours. Admittedly the works presented are neither sensational nor
surprising. They are compositions which were created for daily use or special
occasions which are of average quality. However they are of interest as an
insight into local culture and can be considered as musical accompaniments to
the colourful churches of central Switzerland. New performances of these works
are to be welcomed, since any music which is not played remains culturally dead.
I was very interested in your “Dormant Notes” concept. These treasures, lying
untouched for ages, need to be documented before they are damaged or destroyed
by outside events, like floods. The project has my greatest sympathy.
Your project is of the highest interest. You should be proud of and satisfied with the positive progress and success of ‘Dormant Notes’.