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Czech Republic


Navratilova, Jana, Fontes Artis Musicae


At the present time the Czech National Branch has 26 institutional members, of which 12 are also IAML members.

On 19 November 2008, the annual plenary session of the Czech Branch took place at the Martinu[degrees] Institute in Prague. Most present members elected Mrs. Klaudova, who is the Head of the Music Department in Ostrava City Library, as the new vice-president. The other members of the Czech Board will continue in their positions until the autumn of 2011.

We were welcome guests at the new headquarters of the Bohuslav Martinu[degrees] Institute and Foundation in Prague (http://www.Martinu.cz/). The fiftieth anniversary of this Czech composer's death in 2009 was a good opportunity to present several interesting projects. The most important and monumental task of the Institute is a critical edition of the collected works by Bohuslav Martinu[degrees]. Its completion is scheduled for the term of fifty years, in the course of this time one hundred volumes should be issued. The first volumes of the Bohuslav Martinu[degrees] Complete Edition (BMCE) are expected to be published in 2010-2011.

We were introduced to a programme called MARTINU REVISITED, which is intended for the concentrated promotion of Martinu works. All librarians received useful information and advertising brochures. This international project of concerts, exhibitions, conferences and other large or small events has been and will be going on for the whole year of 2009. It is supported by the Czech Ministry of Culture, the City of Prague, Prague Spring, Theatre Institute, and the Bohuslav Martinu Foundation, and also work in cooperation with the National Theatres in Prague and Brno.

The digitization project of Martin autographs presented for example a newly-found manuscript entitled Three Fragments of Julietta. More financial resources are being sought for the project of electronic archiving of other music and Martinu iconography.

The secretary of the Czech Board, Mrs. Zoja Seycikova, showed us the library of the Bohuslav Martinu[degrees] Institute. The library under her lead contains about two thousand Czech and foreign language book materials, dissertations, diploma projects, printed scores and photocopies of autographs and manuscripts of most compositions by Martinu, collections of his correspondence, articles from newspapers and journals and other resources including an evergrowing audio and video archive, specializing in Bohuslav Martinu recordings from all over the world, as well as copies of documentary films and video recordings of concerts, operas and ballet performances. All these materials serve not only musicologists, students and researchers, but also the general public interested in Martinu's life and work.

During all sessions of music librarians we would talk about copyright and related problems. While we have already solved, at least partially, and with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture, the conditions of loaning and copying of audio materials in Czech libraries, and while we have made a contract with rights holders, we are still dealing with the issue of copying music sheets. …

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