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date: 22 October 2019


  • Henri Vanhulst


Founded in 1951, the Centre Belge de Documentation Musicale was a non-profit-making society dependent on the Belgian federal government. It was affiliated with the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres and was a member of the International Association of Music Information Centres. The aim of CeBeDeM was the propagation of contemporary Belgian music. Composers lodged a copy of each of their works in the centre’s library, which also published certain new compositions or assumed responsibility for preparing the orchestral parts. In 1998 the library contained some 26,000 works. CeBeDeM published over 2000 compositions and each year added about 200 works to its tally of publications. A detailed catalogue (Brussels, 1996, 3 vols.) gives a complete list of all the centre’s publications. CeBeDeM also kept a library of recordings of works by its members and was a centre of documentation on musical life in Belgium. The society took part in international contemporary music festivals and published ...

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