There exists a significant amount of excellent historical Swedish music that is little known and seldom heard. The aim of Swedish Musical Heritage is to increase knowledge about this music and to propagate its performance. A large part of older Swedish music is notoriously difficult to perform, simply because the existing sources are unattainable for musicians, are in illegible hand writing, or are, for various other reasons, impractical to use. Surprisingly, this is true also of music by some of Sweden’s most prominent composers.
Swedish Musical Heritage will make music from several centuries available to musicians for free, both in Sweden and abroad. The pillars of the project will be built over six years and involve:
- A database containing comprehensive information about the composers and their music
- Critical editions of music scores which will be available for free on a web site
- Authoritative texts about Swedish music history
- Radio recordings
Swedish Musical Heritage has been initiated by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, and is a cooperative project involving the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, The Music and Theatre Library of Sweden, Svensk Musik and Sveriges Radio.