Conservatorio Statale di Musica "A. Pedrollo," Vincenza, Italy

Contact: Licia Sirch

Notes/Comments: My institution is very young (from 1973). In the Italian Conservatory, archival material is conserved in the archive of the institution which is separate from the library because it not a historical archive, but the live archive. Historical material concerning other institutions of the town ( school of music, theatres etc.. ) are in the library. Recently my Institution has received an important donation from a true music lover: a collection (about 10.000 pieces) of sounding records (any kind of record: CD, discs, tapes, videotapes…) and also librettos and programs of many musical events in Vicenza and in the major Italian theatres of the second half of the 20th century. In July some students will begin to draft the index in electronic format (Excel). This index will be available online in the website of my Conservatorio.
1. Does your instution maintain holdings of concert programs? Yes.
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.? Libretti, CD's of the performances, historical journals, concert programs from other institutions, theaters, concert halls.
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). Vicenza, musical institutions (Teatro Olimpico , e.g..) and other venues (Teatro La Fenice in Venice; Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Teatro Alla Scala in Milan …), c. 1950-1990.
4. Do you have collection level or title/series level descriptions of your holdings? If yes, are these descriptions available online or in print? We have a list of the librettos. There is no online access.
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. With regard to the collection of programs (and sound recordings), we hope to index: date, venue, artists, works, eventually articles of comments or critical essays on the works enclosed with the programs (name of the author, and title of the article).
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? Librettos in the library are accessible to everyone and used by students or historical scholars. The archival material of the Institution is only for institutional functions. The collection of sound recordings and programs is not accessible but will be when the list is ready.
7. Are you able and willing to assist in developing a broader census of program holdings within your national branch? Not at this time.
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? Not at this time.
10. Can you refer other potential participants for the IAML project? Please provide names and email addresses if possible. [did not answer]

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