From Pencil to Podcast: Maximizing Musical Resources

By Gillies, Malcolm | Fontes Artis Musicae, January-March 2008 | Go to article overview

From Pencil to Podcast: Maximizing Musical Resources

Gillies, Malcolm, Fontes Artis Musicae

English Abstract

Malcolm Gillies reflects on three decades of using music libraries and archives, in particular in Australia, Hungary, Britain, and the United States. During that time technology has revolutionized almost every aspect of library practice, but has there been a corresponding revolution in music education, research and professional practice? Through case studies in undergraduate education, music biography and music analysis, Gillies comes to some conclusions about what the musical world has gained and lost over these decades. He tackles key questions of how separated or integrated music holdings should be within broader library collections, how much need there is for specialist music librarians, how music libraries handle increasingly complex questions of permissions, and how libraries connect with the broader world of musical practice and the internet's musical life.

French Abstract

La reflexion de Malcolm Gillies concerne l'utilisation des bibliotheques et des archives musicales au cours de trois decennies, en particulier en Australie, Hongrie, Grande-Bretagne ainsi qu'aux Etats-Unis. Durant cette periode, la technologie a revolutionne presque tous les aspects de la pratique exercee en bibliotheque, mais y-a-t-il eu un phenomene equivalent dans l'education musicale, la recherche et la pratique professionnelle? C'est a travers des etudes de cas menees en milieu universitaire parmi les etudiants de premier cycle, notamment en biographie musicale et en analyse, que l'auteur tire des conclusions sur les benefices et les pertes occasionnees dans le monde de la musique pendant ces annees. Gillies pose des questions cruciales au sujet des documents musicaux, a savoir s'il vaut mieux les integrer ou les separer de collections plus importantes. Il s'interroge quant aux besoins pour les bibliothecaires specialises en musique, aux questions de droit de plus en plus complexes, enfin aux relations entre les bibliotheques, le monde plus large de la pratique de la musique, et la vie musicale sur internet.

German Abstract

Malcolm Gillies lasst 30 Jahre Revue passieren, in denen er Benutzer von Musikbibliotheken und -archiven in Australien, Ungarn, Grossbritannien, den USA und anderen Landern der Welt war. In dieser Zeit haben technische Innovationen fast jeden Bereich des Bibliothekswesens revolutioniert. Haben aber auch vergleichbare Umwalzungen in der Musikerziehung, -wissenschaft und -praxis stattgefunden? Durch Beispiele aus der Schulmusik, Musikbiographie und Analyse zieht Gillies Ruckschlusse auf das, was in diesen Jahrzehnten erreicht und vertan wurde. Er befasst sich mit den folgenden Schlusselfragen: Wie autonom bzw. integriert sollten Musikbestande in grosseren Bibliotheken sein? Wie gross ist der Bedarf an spezialisierten Musikbibliothekaren? Wie agieren Bibliotheken in der Frage einer standig komplexer werdenden (Urheber-)Rechtssituation? Wie halten Bibliotheken den Anschluss an eine sich standig vergrossernde Welt praktizierter Musik und das Musikleben im Internet?

I wish to pay tribute to the many librarians and archivists who have supported my research and become such wonderful friends over recent decades. In particular, I think of Margaret Greene at the University of Melbourne, Mary O'Mara at the University of Queensland, Gordon Abbott at the University of Adelaide and Robyn Homes at the National Library of Australia. They are outstanding examples of the cream of Australian music librarians: informed, committed, passionate seekers after knowledge and truth. Internationally, too, I pay tribute to the support received over many years from the Library of Congress and the Institute for Musicology in Budapest. And, most specifically I acknowledge the huge boon to my research bestowed by the Bartok Archive in Budapest through many decades of direction by Laszlo Somfai, and the Grainger Museum in Melbourne, under curators Kay Dreyfus, Rosemary Florrimell and Brian Allison. …

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