The “Project 2025 – Arche Musica” is an innovative German-Israeli research and education project Project of musical remembrance. It is run on a voluntary basis.
Project partners are the “Music Department and National Sound Archive of the National Library of Israel” in Jerusalem and the “Music Department of the Tel Aviv School of Arts”. The scientific project team processes, digitizes and transliterates the works collected in the “Arche Musica” and transfers them into the regular and barrier-free musical notation. Because of its special significance, Dr. Felix Klein, the Federal Government Commissioner for Jewish Life and the Fight against Anti-Semitism, has assumed patronage.
A central goal of the project is the research of secular Jewish-German music history and the establishment of a musical culture of remembrance for the prevention of anti-Semitism, which does not yet exist in this form.
The digital library and knowledge platform “Arche Musica”, is the central core of the “Project 2025 – Arche Musica”. It is a musical memory, comparable to the “Noah’s Ark”. Its task is to preserve the almost forgotten compositions and pieces of music from the time of Jewish emancipation, the Holocaust and the DP camps, to digitize them and to make these manuscripts and pieces of music accessible to the largest possible circle of pupils, schools, educational institutions, universities and interested people worldwide. In this way, unique testimonies of Jewish-German music history will be saved from decay and oblivion. All compiled contents will be published on the digital library and knowledge platform “Arche Musica” in several languages for general use and participation.
The digitized and republished “Jewish-German Songbook of 1912” forms the first, central building block. On April 27, 2023, the new edition of the “Jewish-German Songbook of 1912” was awarded the prize “Best Musikedition 2023” at the Leipzig Book Fair.
The more than 1200-year-old cultural castle in Wernsdorf (state of Bavaria) is the project’s headquarters in Germany.