Turkish Band. Painting in Hundwil


Beside conservation, presentation and communication, research on wind instruments and on their music is a main focus of the playing collection.

The instruments and objects are at scholar's disposal. A number of them can be played for research aims.

The collection itself is the topic of Adrian v. Steiger's Dissertation: Die Instrumentensammlung Burri. Hintergründe und Herausforderungen. Bern, 2013. The book discusses the collection and selected instruments as well as the dilemma of playing historical wind instruments. Further publications by v. Steiger discuss materiality, history and repertoire of historical wind instruments.

An entire set of projects of the Forschungsschwerpunkts Interpretation of the Bern University of the Arts (HKB) is based on instruments of the collection. A number of instruments has been bought for these projects and are now in the playing collection on loan: