Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

The Netherlands

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

The Netherlands

Article excerpt

With the vivid memories of the past conference (www.iamlconference2009.nl) held 5-10 July at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and hosted by the Dutch branch of IAML it is now time to focus on what happened in between in the overture to and the wings of this event and to look a bit ahead as well.

The past period can be characterized by terms like fusion, concentration of energy, and moving. The Muziekcentrum Nederland (MCN)--www.muziekcentrumnederland.nl is a concrete result of a process of fusion and concentration of abilities in the field of music in a broad sense, leading to a dome organization covering most of the professional music life and archiving in the Netherlands, however, leaving apart the amateur realm. Governmental policy of long-term concentration of branch institutions led to this newly-structured organization that opened its doors to the public in Spring 2009. Reputable institutions like Donemus, Gaudeamus, the Jazz Archive, and the National Pop Institute cooperate in future as MCN, offering a balanced service to the field.

Another result of this shifting process is the new housing in Amsterdam of the Theater Instituut Nederland (TIN)--www.tin.nl that will focus in the next future on its archival function more than its museum division. Flexible and diverse programming should meet the needs of a broad audience in the field of theatre, dance and cabaret. The archive will function as a key stone, combining both theatre-related items such as scores, recordings, artifacts, and the need for professional support.

A widely discussed subject was the position of the Toonkunst-Bibliotheek, leading to a final splitting up of the collection. The historical part of the collection was taken over by the Bijzondere Collecties Department of the University of Amsterdam, a truly wise decision, offering a promising future for this unique library. Scores and songbooks dating back to the sixteenth century, alongside with theoretical music treatises by Glareanus (1547), Zarlino (1558), and Fux (1725), and the archival collections of the eighteenth-century Amsterdam Felix Meritis Society and the Mozes en Aaron Church are fostered by curator Simon Groot, who moved from the Public Library in Amsterdam to the University of Amsterdam. Research facilities are fine and up-to-date, in combination to a setting that suits the contemporary researcher. …

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