Düben Collection Database Catalogue

SND-ID: EXT 0048

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Erik Kjellberg - Uppsala University, Department of Musicology


The Düben Collection Database Catalogue (DCDC) is a digitised catalogue presenting metadata and scanned facsimiles of the Düben Collection, a large and important collection of musical manuscripts and prints from the 17th and early 18th centuries. DCDC contains about 2,300 musical works in manuscript, mostly hand writings of liturgical vocal and instrumental music, and some 25 prints. The collection was obtained by the leaders of the Swedish Royal Court Orchestra during the Swedish Empire Period [1611-1721] and was donated to Uppsala University in 1732 by Anders von Düben. The position of Court Musician was held by various members of the Düben family from 1640 to 1718. Gustav Düben the Elder (1628-1690) is generally regarded as the main assembler of the collection, which contains works by more than 300 composers from Germany, Italy, France, Poland, England, the Baltic countries and Sweden, beside a large number of anonymous works. The Collection remained untouched for a long time and was therefore intact from the time of the donation. It includes a large amount of vocal music by Buxtehude and

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Research principal, contributors, and funding

Research principal

Uppsala University

Responsible department/unit

Department of Musicology

Protection and ethical review

Data contains personal data


Method and time period

Time period(s) investigated

1991 – 2011

Geographic coverage
Topic and keywords

Research area

HISTORY (CESSDA Topic Classification)
History, Music, Musicology (The Swedish standard of fields of research 2011)

Published: 2012-01-01
Last updated: 2017-01-03