University of Arts, Faculty of Music, Belgrade

Contact: Tatjana Markovic


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1. Does your instution maintain holdings of concert programs? No.
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.? The Music Library at my university has only books and music journals including concert programs. There are, for instance, the Festschriften of relevant institutions (orchestras, theaters, music festivals, etc.), that contain programs in appendixes. Besides, music journals sometimes contain news about concerts (with programs). In that sense, one of the very precious source is music journal "Gusle" (Gusle = Serbian traditional string instrument, accompaniment of the epics), that was published between 1911-1914 in Sombor, as a journal of Union of Serbian Choral Societies. It was based almost exclusively on the programs, that is, data about numerous choral societies from many places in Serbia and abroad, their concert activities.
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). Programs of various musical events in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Pancevo, Negotin and many other places in Serbia: 19th and 20th centuries.
4. Do you have collection level or title/series level descriptions of your holdings? If yes, are these descriptions available online or in print? Not completely.
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. Yes. The index is organized in this way: composer--title of composition--choral society which performed it--place (city, town)--year (entire date if possible).
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? The programs have been used, in the first place, for teaching, in the frame of 19th century Serbian music history (performing practice) as well as archival research (both subjects for the students in their third year of study). They are also present material for students' research papers regarding the same topic.
7. Are you able and willing to assist in developing a broader census of program holdings within your national branch? Yes, certainly, since I am teaching archival research at the Department of Musicology (Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade) and am occupied with it myself. Unfortunately, many very precious archival collections are dispersed, i.e., placed in various institutions and rather neglected. For instance, we are working now on archive materials of the Prvo beogradsko pevacko drustvo (First Belgrade Choral Society, founded in 1853), that is not put in order for more than 50 years! And, due to the 150th anniversary we have a chance to check everything and protect and save undamaged documents. Besides, many archival collections are already protected, but have never been investigated, there is no any adequate inventory. Consequently, the process you mentioned is a very important task for us and, in the same time, it would be useful for the database you and your colleagues are working on.
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. I have contacted with the archive of the Matica srpska in Novi Sad (very significant Serbian cultural center in Habsburg Monarchy, founded by Serbs in Pest in 1842, afterwards moved to Novi Sad, the capital of the northern part of Serbia called Vojvodina) - that archive is not exclusively musical, but there are many precious documents concerning concerts in 19th and 20th centuries.
If you are interested: Rukopisno odeljenje (Department of Manuscripts, Matica srpska), e-mail:, Mrs. Sonja Bob.

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