Schenker Documents Online project

The Project

Viennese musician and teacher Heinrich Schenker (1868-1935), the twentieth century's leading theorist of tonal music, produced a series of innovative studies and editions between 1903 and 1935, while exerting a powerful and sustained influence, directly and through his pupils, on the teaching of music from the 1930s onward in the USA, and since the 1970s in Europe and elsewhere.

Schenker left behind approximately 130,000 manuscript and typescript leaves comprising unpublished works, preparatory materials, and personal documents, preserved in two dedicated archives, numerous libraries, and private possession. Schenker Documents Online offers a scholarly edition of this material based on near-diplomatic transcriptions of the original texts, together with English translations, explanatory footnotes, summaries, and contextual material relating the texts to Schenker's personal development and that of his correspondents.

Schenker Documents Online (SDO) project aims to increase insight into the life and mind of Heinrich Schenker, and by so doing to foster a fuller understanding of his career, works, and the intellectual development that they represent. Moreover, this project can stimulate biographical, historical, and socio-cultural study of Schenker, his circle of pupils, friends, and associates.

The Project was funded by the following funding bodies: Arts & Humanities Research Council, Great Britain – grant to the University of Southampton and the Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London, for the third phase of the Schenker Documents Online project, covering the diaries and related correspondence October 1925 to September 1930 (£675,000); Leverhulme Trust (UK) – grant to the Centre for Computing in the Humanities (the previous name for the Department of Digital Humanities), King's College London for a custom-built web environment involving multi-component architecture (£121,000); Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF) (Austrian Government) – grant to the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Wien, for transcription, translation, and XML encoding of Schenker's diaries 1918–25 (€250,000); Music & Letters Trust (UK) – grant for purchase of high-definition TIFF scans of Schenker's diaries 1918–25 (£1,500), and a second grant for scans of the diaries 1930-35 (£1,500); Music Analysis Development Fund (UK) – grant for professional translation of certain items (£950); University of Cambridge Faculty of Music – seed money to launch project (£3,000), and a second grant for originating music-notational images and embedding within documents (£2,500).

The project active development was completed in 2014; however, content creation for the live site is ongoing.

Resources on CKAN

The Schenker Documents Online CKAN Dataset makes available the following resources:

  • The set of primary content in TEI-XML format;
  • The documentation files which provide useful information about various aspects of the edition;
  • An Eatsml file in XML containing all the entity records from SDO's EATS instance exported in XML format;
  • The profile files for selected entities (for persons, places, works, organisations, and journals).

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Author Department of Digital Humanities
Maintainer King's Digital Lab
Version 2020-03-05
Last Updated June 3, 2020, 11:27 (BST)
Created March 5, 2020, 14:17 (GMT)
Project URL
Project principal and co-investigators
  • William Drabkin
  • Andrea Reiter
  • Ian Bent
  • Marilyn Deegan
  • Harold Short
  • Paul Spence
  • Martin Eybl
Project team
  • John Bradley
  • Gerhard Brey
  • John Lee
  • Eleonora Litta Modignani Picozzi
  • Tamara Lopez
  • Richard Palmer
  • Paul Vetch
  • José Miguel Vieira
  • Raffaele Viglianti
  • Bea Caballero
  • Paul Caton
  • Osman Hankir
  • Faith Lawrence
  • Jamie Norrish
  • Tim Watts
  • Iby Jolande-Varga
  • David Bretherton
  • Marko Deisinger
  • Geoffrey Chew
  • Alan Dodson
  • Heribert Esser
  • Sigrun Heinzelmann
  • Kirstie Hewlett
  • Christoph Hust
  • Thomas Irvine
  • Timothy L. Jackson
  • Kevin Karnes
  • John Koslovsky
  • Robert Kosovsky
  • Nicholas Marston
  • William Pastille
  • Stephanie Probst
  • John Rothgeb
  • Lee Rothfarb
  • Michaela Searfoorce
  • Hedi Siegel
  • Robert Wason
  • Arnold Whittall
Project start date 2010-10-01
Project status Ongoing
Project funder
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • Leverhulme Trust (UK)
  • Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF) (Austrian Government)
  • Music & Letters Trust (UK)
  • Music Analysis Development Fund (UK)
  • University of Cambridge Faculty of Music
Citation information

To cite or acknowledge use of datasets in the KDL CKAN repository please include the DOI of the dataset ( and URL of resource if appropriate:

Department of Digital Humanities (2020). Dataset: Schenker Documents Online project. King's Digital Lab Data Catalogue (

For citation and use of other project website material see: