Libraries in Music Teaching Institutions

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Libraries in Music Teaching Institutions


Shekhter, Pia, Fontes Artis Musicae


The first session of the Libraries in Music Teaching Institutions Branch had Re searches on Historic Collections of Conservatory Libraries as its topic. Three Italian colleagues were presenting collections from their respective institutions. The session was very well attended.

The first speaker was Marta Mancini, from the library of the Conservatorio di musica in Pesaro. She gave a description of the library and the musical culture and history of the city. The valuable library collections consist of correspondence and photographs (for example, letters from Puccini, Verdi and Crescentini), the "fondo Bodoira" (a large donation of chamber music from the age of Beethoven), ancient manuscripts and printed music, and books from the sixteenth century. Gioachino Rossini, who was born in Pesaro in 1792, is well represented in the library.

Enza Ciullo, from Benevento, spoke about "The Giuseppe Donizetti Col lection in the library of the Conservatory of Music S. Pietro a Majella, Naples." Giuseppe Donizetti was the eldest brother of Gaetano Donizetti, and played an important role in the development and diffusion of western music in Turkey. During the celebration of "the Donizetti centenary," there emerged an interesting collection of manuscripts, letters, printed music, photographs, contracts and family heirlooms, all connected to the Donizetti family. The collection was donated to the library in 1921. After some problems it is now catalogued and available to the research community.

The final speaker, Alfredo Vitolo, from the Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della musica in Bologna, presented "Online tools for research: the Padre Martini collections in Bologna." Despite its age, the Catalogo della Biblioteca del Liceo Musicale di Bologna (published 1890-1943) is still a useful tool for modern musicological research. It was published posthumously in five volumes from the annotated manuscript cards, with bio-bibliographical notes, compiled by the librarian Gaetano Gaspari. Of the many historical collections included, perhaps the richest and best known is that of Padre G. B. Martini. In 2002 the Museo inter nazionale e biblioteca della musica di Bologna created an Internet version called "Gaspari online." In 2005 a new project began that integrates Gaspari online with the holdings of other archives.

The second session was on the topic of The Bologna Process: an Open Working Meeting. The choice of the theme for the working meeting originated from the fact that the Bologna Process should be implemented in 46 European countries by the year 2010. The aim of the reform is to increase mobility between different universities and create a common, so-called European Higher Education Area with three levels of education: Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate. The Bologna agreement states that information literacy is one of the generic skills that should be presented in the curriculum. All students at all three levels should write a "degree project." Even the bachelor's degree should include a scientific as well as vocational component. …

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