Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Reports of the Broadcasting and Orchestra Libraries Branch

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Reports of the Broadcasting and Orchestra Libraries Branch

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The meetings were both chaired by Martie Severt, the Vice-Chair of the branch, as Jutta Lambrecht was unable to attend the conference. At the working meeting, various issues of concern to branch members were discussed. These included the sharing of resources and catalogue information, national and regional groups, such as Scandinavia's NOBU, and the negotiation of publishers' hire fees to cover repeat broadcasts. Virginio Georgione from the San Carlo opera house in Naples was welcomed. He described his responsibilities as opera house librarian, which, at the moment, include managing the orchestral stage staff, and preparing for a substantial number of symphonic concerts. Reports were given on the recent MOLA conference in Nashville, USA, and the work of the library in the new opera house in Oslo.

The open session was on the theme Digital Management Databases. Roberto Grisley from the Archive and Multimedia Library of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia demonstrated their project to build a digital database providing access to the catalogue records and related digital and physical documents in the Accademia archives, including sound and video files of the performances of the orchestra. The library is playing a central role in the celebration of the centenary of the Santa Cecilia Symphony Orchestra (2008). Sabina Benelli (Teatro alla Scala, Milano) raised the issues involved in the conflicting functions of documents related to an operatic performance, between their current practical use and their archival value to record information about productions. …

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