Do you have a sound collection?

Help the British Library Create a Directory of UK Sound Collections

Amongst the literary treasures held in the basements of the British Library sits an extraordinary collection of sounds.  From recordings of extinct species, voices from the past, to music across all genres, the British Library’s sound archive is held on more than 1.5 million physical items, just waiting to be heard.

But all of these recordings, from those made on the earliest wax cylinders to contemporary CD-Rs, face a real and immediate threat from the combination of physical degradation and the disappearance of the technologies that support physical media.

Professional consensus is that we have approximately 15 years in which to save the UK’s sound collections. Without taking steps to preserve these recordings now, they will be lost.

To understand the risks facing the UK’s sound collections and to map the scale of the problem, the British Library is initiating a project to collect information about our recorded heritage, to create a directory of sound collections in the UK. By telling us what you have, we can help plan for their preservation, for future generations.

Our aim is to be comprehensive; to search out sounds that exist in libraries, archives, museums, galleries, schools and colleges, charities, societies, businesses and in your homes.  And we’re not just interested in large collections: a single item might be just as important as a whole archive.

So if you think you might have a rare or unique collection of sounds, or just a recording that should be preserved, let us know!

The census is live now and will run until the end of March 2015.  You can read more about the project, and send us information about your collections here:

The British Library’s Directory of UK Sound Collections is one of the first steps in our Save our Sounds programme; one of the key strands of Living Knowledge, the British Library’s new vision and purpose for its future.

You can follow the British Library Sound Archive on Twitter via @soundarchive and tag with #SaveOurSounds

State libraries in Berlin and Munich and six further research institutions acquire historical archive of the Schott publishing house

A group of buyers under the lead of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the Culture Foundation of the German Länder has managed to purchase the historical archive of Schott publishers in Mainz. Numerous sponsors and the relevant research institutions supported the purchase of the archive in its entirety. The historical archive of the publishing house represents a unique national cultural good. No other archive of a German music publishing house of similar size and comprehensiveness is known.


State libraries in Berlin and Munich and six further research institutions acquire historical archive of the Schott publishing houseView of the archive at Schott Music GmbH & Co. KG, Mainz | Photograph: Peter Andersen
It comprises the business files (correspondence, printed and engraved music books, copy books, account journals) from 1787 to 1945, as well as the complete historical archive of production, music manuscripts and first editions from 1810 to around 1950.
The archive contains i.a. several hundred music autographs and thousands of letters by known composers such as Ludwig van Beethoven, Frederic Chopin, Werner Egk, Joseph Haas, Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Paul Hindemith, Engelbert Humperdinck, Franz Liszt, Bohuslav Martinů, Luigi Nono, Jacques Offenbach, Carl Orff, Hans Pfitzner, Maurice Ravel, Max Reger, Hermann Reutter, Ernst Toch, Richard Wagner, Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari and Bernd Alois Zimmermann.
The archive, so far preserved in the headquarters of the publishing house in Mainz and owned by the Strecker Foundation, was entered in the register of archives of national importance in 2004. Founded in 1770, the music publishing house Schott is one of the oldest still existing music publishing houses of the world.

BSM: Research documentation of the collections of the Department of Manuscripts going back to the 19th century

manoscritto_00aThe Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München has been documenting scholarly publications on the collections held in the Department of Manuscripts since approximately 1950. For bound manuscripts (codices) this has been done as comprehensively as possible; in addition, literature on rare and valuable printed books has also been recorded. However, there are no records pertaining to music manuscripts apart from very few exceptions. The documentation is  based on offprints and statutory copies sent in by authors or publishers as well as a systematic review of books and numerous periodicals acquired for the reference library of the department; online databases and the periodicals contained therein have been exploited since 2009. Publications documented are not limited by date; even articles and books published in the 19th century are included. In the year 2003, the card catalogue was replaced, with funding by the  Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation), by a database.

Approximately 109,000 catalogue cards with 113,000 searchable entries had been integrated in the database. At present (September 2014) there are almost 200,000 entries pertaining to manuscripts and rare imprints. (See for further information.)

If you are aware of publications that are not mentioned in the database you are more than welcome to provide us with the respective piece(s) of information by using this

online form.

Your help is very much appreciated!

Dr. Wolfgang-Valentin Ikas
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Leiter des Referats Handschriften und Benutzung Abteilung für Handschriften und Alte Drucke
ikas at

Reti di comunicazione, spazi d’indagine: tre percorsi di analisi della circolazione di uomini e idee nell’Europa del Settecento

24 ottobre 2014

9.00: Quarta sessione

Aula A – Sala della Biblioteca di Storia Moderna e Contemporanea

Palazzo Mattei di Giove, via Caetani 32, Roma

Reti di comunicazione, spazi d’indagine: tre percorsi di analisi della circolazione di uomini e idee nell’Europa del Settecento

Coordinatrice | Alessia Castagnino (Fondazione L. Einaudi, Torino)

Angela Falcetta (Università di Padova), Mercanti di «nazione greca» in Terra di Bari: commerci mediterranei, reti sociali e comunità oltre i confini etnici e confessionali

Benedetta Saglietti (Università di Torino), La mobilità professionale dei musicisti in area austro-tedesca

Alessia Castagnino (Fondazione L. Einaudi, Torino), Attraverso la “lente” delle traduzioni: i traduttori come mediatori culturali nella Toscana leopoldina

Discussant | Alessandro Arcangeli (Università di Verona)

Nell’ambito di “Attraverso la storia” – III edizione

Spazi, reti, linguaggi. In ricordo di Elena Fasano Guarini

(Roma, 23-25 ottobre 2014)

Flash mob Rachmaninov (public domain party)

Il 1° gennaio di ogni anno una parte dell’immenso patrimonio di conoscenza, arte e letteratura creato dall’umanità diviene disponibile per chiunque.

Per ricordare le opere degli autori che nel 2014 entreranno a far parte del pubblico dominio e quindi ribadirne il valore culturale, per il terzo anno consecutivo il Politecnico di Torino, la Città di Torino, le Biblioteche Civiche Torinesi, la Fondazione Teatro Nuovo e l’Università di Torino collaborano alla realizzazione di eventi formativi e divulgativi.
Martedì 20 maggio, alle ore 15.00, nel Salone dei concerti della Biblioteca civica musicale Andrea Della Corte  si celebrerà l’entrata nel pubblico dominio delle opere di Sergej Rachmaninov (1873-1943) e di Vladimir Nemirovič-Dančenko (1858-1943).

Gli allievi dei Corsi Professionali e del Liceo coreutico e teatrale di Fondazione Teatro Nuovo eseguiranno un pezzo teatrale ispirato all’opera Aleko, di cui Rachmaninov e Nemirovič-Dančenko furono rispettivamente compositore e librettista.

A seguire, Alessandro Marchetti eseguirà al pianoforte le Variazioni su un tema di Corelli op. 42.