Deutsches Musikarchiv Berlin

Contact: Bettina Seyfried

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1. Does your instution maintain holdings of concert programs? Not really, but there are concert programmes in the material of the Information center of the Komponistenverband of the former DDR.
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.? We only have the actual publications of the line of instruments, orchestras, choruses, the different kinds of music like pop, classical and all other. See above info.
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). As the German national archive that collects all soundrecordings and printed music, we have, of course, a huge database. We have much material of the former DDR Komponistenverband, since the informationcenter of that institution is now based here. We have started another database, but nothing yet online.
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 use the national level: RAK-Musik.
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. Not at this time.
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? We are asked anything on the line of music and otherwise.
7. Are you able and willing to assist in developing a broader census of program holdings within your national branch? Yes, if time does allow.
8. Are you able and willing to assist in developing a template or questionnaire for submitting collection level descriptions? Yes, as staff will allow.
9. Are you able and willing to participate in preparing the draft thesauri for genre and instrumentation? Yes.
10. Can you refer other potential participants for the IAML project? Please provide names and email addresses if possible. [none]

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