Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Marshall-Hall Concert Programs Digitisation Project, 2010

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Marshall-Hall Concert Programs Digitisation Project, 2010

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G.W.L. Marshall-Hall was the first Ormond Professor of Music at the University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. In 1892 he founded the Marshall-Hall Orchestra, conducting the majority of its 111 concerts and many others with visitors such as Melba and Mark Hambourg before the orchestra disbanded in 1912. The Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library, University of Melbourne, holds a unique collection of the orchestra's programmes which details the development of its repertoire from the standard fare of Beethoven and Brahms to modern works by Rimsky-Korsakov and Debussy, including commentary on the works by Marshall-Hall himself.

Early in 2010 Dr Suzanne Robinson approached the library for access to the entire collection of Marshall-Hall concert programs for her research and undergraduate teaching.

The 139 programs date from the first in1892 and some are quite flimsy and fragile.

We approached Digital Services at the university to have the collection digitised and in the process requested that the collection be made searchable using LC names authorities for all the composers and performers. The two names lists were prepared by a music cataloguer and the metadata, including subject headings, was embedded with the digital images onto a digital repository, DigiTool. …

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