Biblioteca del Conservatorio di Milano

Contact: Agostina Zecca Laterza

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1. Does your instution maintain holdings of concert programs? Yes. Teatro alla Scala programs and the programs of the Conservatorio "Accademie" of the 19th Century.
2. Apart from concert programs, does your institution have significant holdings of other types of documents that can be useful for performance research such as libretti, playbills, historical journals with concert reviews, etc.? Yes. Libretti (about 6.000), description available in, Musica Historical Italian Music Journals since 1827.
3. Please list major concert venues, ensembles or performing organizations, and artists that are represented in your holdings. If possible, indicate a general timeframe for each (e.g. New York Philharmonic: 1920-1950). If your holdings are so extensive it is impractical to submit a list in a timely fashion, please provide a general overview (e.g. Programs of various musical events in Stockholm: 19th and 20th centuries). We have all the Italian Theatres and Concert Societies chronologies, published since the 19th century. All descriptions are available in
4. Do you have collection level or title/series level descriptions of your holdings? If yes, are these descriptions available online or in print? All our books on music descriptions are avaliable in Libro antico or Libro moderno.
5. Have you undertaken or are you planning any item level indexing or cataloging of individual programs? If yes, please list the categories of information that are indexed for each program (e.g. date, venue, artists, works, etc.). If the details of your plan are not yet specified, please made a simple explanation of what you hope to accomplish. If your index is available online please provide the URL. If it exists in some other electronic format such as an Excel or FileMaker file please try to send it as an attachment. Please see above.
6. Please briefly describe the clientele or research use of your holdings. Are the programs accessible to the public? Are they used for historical research or more for practical in-house institutional functions? All our holdings are accessible to the public. Generally programs are used for historical research, but often they are used for Conservatory students' research.    
7. Are you able and willing to assist in developing a broader census of program holdings within your national branch? Perhaps.
8. Are you able and willing to assist in developing a template or questionnaire for submitting collection level descriptions? Yes.
9. Are you able and willing to participate in preparing the draft thesauri for genre and instrumentation? No.
10. Can you refer other potential participants for the IAML project? Please provide names and email addresses if possible. All members of IAML-Italia operating in the Conservatory libraries.

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