Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Experiencing Materials and Knowledge: The Danish National Library's Music Collection

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Experiencing Materials and Knowledge: The Danish National Library's Music Collection

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English Abstract

The National Danish Music Collection is part of The Royal Library in Copenhagen, which today serves as both the National Library and Copenhagen University Library. Four main aims of our work can be specified. In the collecting process you have to evaluate legal deposit and especially the challenges of e-resources. Preserving is very expensive and demands a constant dialogue with artists, and providing access will also be in a close connection with users in different ways. Finally distributing information demands a choice of media and strategic alliances. Thus cultural exchange and partnership are important areas for the library.

French Abstract

La Collection nationale danoise de musique fait partie de la Bibliotheque royale a Copenhague dans son double role de bibliotheque nationale et bibliotheque universitaire de Copenhague. Quatre objectifs principaux caracterisent notre travail. Le processus de collecte necessite de prendre en compte les questions de depot legal et surtout le defi des ressources electroniques. La conservation est tres couteuse et exige un dialogue continu avec les artistes, tandis que l'acces aux contenus s'effectue en relation etroite avec les utilisateurs de diverses facons. Enfin, la diffusion de l'information exige un choix de medias et des alliances strategiques. C'est pourquoi la bibliotheque se concentre sur les problematiques d'echange culturel et de partenariat.

German Abstract

Die nationale danische Musiksammlung ist Teil der Koniglichen Bibliothek zu Kopenhagen, die heute ihre Rolle sowohl als Nationalbibliothek als auch als Universitatsbibliothek Kopenhagens wahrnimmt. Vier Hauptaufgaben ihrer Arbeit werden beschrieben: Im Rahmen des Sammelauftrages muss die Ablieferung von Pflichtexemplaren und dabei die Herausforderung durch elektronische Materialien spezielle Beachtung finden. Besonders kostenintensiv ist die Bestandserhaltung, die ausserdem einen dauerhaften Kontakt zu Kunstlern erfordert. Fur die Zuganglichmachung der Bestande sollten die Nutzerinteressen auf vielfaltige Art Berucksichtigung finden. Schliesslich erfordert die Verbreitung von Informationen Klarheit daruber, welche Medien und technischen Plattformen einzusetzen sowie welche strategischen Bundnisse dafur dienlich sind. Daher sind kultureller Austausch und entsprechende Partnerschaften ein besonderer Schwerpunkt der Arbeit in der Koniglichen Bibliothek.

One of the most prominent gems of the Danish National Library's music collection is the manuscript of Johann Sebastian Bach's cantata Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199 (Illustration 1). (2) But Bach was surely not a Danish composer, so how can this be? The manuscript's long history involves a Holstein music collector called Peter Gronland (1761-1825) who lived in Denmark and donated his collection to The Royal Library (Det Kongelige Bibliotek). (3) The autograph was rediscovered by the German musicologist Werner Wolffheim (1877-1930) who presented it to his fellow scholars in 1911. (4) This example is suggestive of some of the challenges and possibilities surrounding the construction of a 'National music collection'.

A Brief Introduction

The National Danish Music Collection is part of The Royal Library in Copenhagen, which today serves as both the National Library and Copenhagen University Library. The library's core collections originate from the middle of the seventeenth century, but the music collection is younger. A foundation was laid with donations from prominent composers and musicians, the most important being the private collection bequeathed to the library by the Danish composer C. E. F. Weyse (1774-1842). Legal deposit of sheet music was introduced in Denmark in 1902, but, even before that, efforts had already been made to acquire all Danish music prints. Legal deposit in relation to recordings was introduced in 1998 and digital sheet music is collected as part of the act of harvesting the internet (domain . …

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