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date: 22 November 2019

Archives and musiclocked

  • François Lesure,
  • Roger Bowers,
  • Barbara H. Haggh
  •  and André Vanrie


Archival documents contain accurate and detailed information relevant to many aspects of musical scholarship: to biography, chronology, history of institutions and societies, the place and function of musicians in society, performing practice (in the fullest sense of that phrase) and many others. They yield the kind of information that primarily musical manuscripts and printed sources cannot provide.

The term ‘archive’ is here used as defined under §1 below. It is also widely used in a second sense, to denote what bibliographers would classify as a ‘collection’ or even ‘library’: the Deutsches Musikgeschichtliches Archiv in Kassel, for example, is a library of photographic materials relating to sources of German music. Many collections fall halfway between an archive in the strict sense, consisting of the surviving papers of a historical person, and a collection, which may include material added by subsequent collectors. Such a case is the collection in the Library of Congress known as the ‘Rachmaninoff Archives’. ...

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