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Message posted on 2 January 2016


Due to the general strike, the library will be closed on Friday 9 October. Borrowed books and scores will get an automatic extension of the lending period.

We are sorry for this unannounced closing.

 

Message posted on 8 October 2015


  

Message posted on 1 January 2015

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A new colleague!

From 1 maart 2014 onwards, Joachim Ganseman will be reinforcing our team part-time. He will be responsible for the IT, both before the footlights and behind the scenes of our library. An upgrade of our digital catalogue is in the pipeline, and he can also be approached with questions regarding the technical aspects of scientific research. Remarks about this website, questions about software for music or music notation? Feel free to contact him directly:
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 Message posted on 21 March 2014


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Message posted on 2 January 2014


 

 

Below is a translation of the Dutch text that you will find on the website for Lively Lovely Libretti

 Blow the dust off these unique opera texts.  Help restore them.  They are historically important and very charming.

 Is there a link between opera and wallpaper?  Of course, libretti.  Let’s explain that.  A libretto is the text which is set to music in an opera.  Because singers aren’t always easy to understand if they are singing and because opera houses only recently starting using supertitles, it was handy for the public to read this ‘handbook’ either before, during or after the performance.  This way the public could understand that the revenge aria was meant to protest the rising tyrant and not as a dramatic end of a hopeless love affair.  Thus libretti were printed, sold and read.

 A printed libretto was only useful for one series of concerts during one season at one certain theater.  This explains why so few historical libretti remain.  It also explains why these small books rarely received expensive, protective covers: their contents were not meant to last.  A paper cover was often more than enough, if it even merited that.  But a paper cover can also be beautiful.  What we irreverently call wallpaper is a whole world of different types of decorative paper: from brocaded to marbled paper, from a painted pattern to glossy paper.

 The Brussels conservatory library has around 6,000 libretti.  These date from the 17th to the 19th centuries and are mostly in Italian.  It is the largest collection in Belgium and these unique works are also highly valued abroad.  But there is a downside to this story: a few examples are in very bad condition.  This project focuses on libretti with historical paper covers which are now damaged by folded corners, tears and broken spines.  Another eyesore is the often ugly label which was added in the early 20th century.  With your help these old books can retain their former glory.  Alongside the restoration of the historical document we will also give them an acid-free dustcover so that they can be protected for the long-term.

 But is it logical to restore these libretti?  They were made for a limited usability.   They may have had little interest back then but today’s disciplines of music and theater studies can still make great use of them.  The libretti themselves are very useful in researching the history of an opera: which arias were moved, added or even scrapped?  Were other changes made and why?

And there is a final argument for adopting this selection of libretti: who can resist the charm of decorative “wallpaper”?

 Do you want a financial declaration?

 You can support this project with a free contribution.  If you are a resident of Belgium you can receive a financial declaration (for tax purposes) via the King Boudewijn Foundation for all gifts of 40€ or more.  If this is the case you can make a direct bank transfer to the account of the King Boudewijn Foundation and not via the payment options on this page.

 If you’d like to use this option please make your contribution via this link.

 Brussels Royal Conservatory

 The Brussels Royal Conservatory, a department of the Erasmus University College, trains talented students to become professional musicians.  The conservatory is co-conservator of one of the most important, internationally oriented patrimony collection of music in Belgium.

 15€ - For a donation from 15€ - You will receive a thank you email.

 40€ - For a donation from 40€ - You will receive a thank you email.  Your name will be listed in the restoration file of the libretto.

 100€ - For a donation from 100€ - You will receive a thank you email.  Your name will be listed in the restoration file of the libretto and you will receive a special edition print by Gerda Dendooven created especially for ‘Geef om Boeken’.

 150€ - For a donation from 150€ - You will receive a thank you email.  Your name will be listed in the restoration file of the libretto and you will receive a special edition print by Gerda Dendooven created especially for ‘Geef om Boeken’.  In addition we will invite you to the library to choose which libretto you would like to restore.  You will be thanked in an acid-free label in the libretto itself.

 200€ - For a donation from 200€ - You will receive a thank you email.  Your name will be listed in the restoration file of the libretto and you will receive a special edition print by Gerda Dendooven created especially for ‘Geef om Boeken’.  In addition we will invite you to the library to choose which libretto you would like to restore.  You will be thanked in an acid-free label in the libretto itself.  You will also be invited to an exclusive tour of the library.

 


 

New web exhibition

Small is beautiful focuses on a selection of books that are barely 20 cm high, but that impress in some way or another: a rare specimen, a richly decorated book binding or an original concept.

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 Message posted on 7 May 2013


 Marieke retired!

 Almost 25 year long, Marieke Aelbrecht was a familiar face in the conservatory, especially in the library. She was friendly, multilingual and had a special sense to discover a wrongy placed score. Scanning and digital stuff could tempt her slightly less, but she fulfilled all other library duties with enthusiasm and pleasure. A great colleagues to work together. Silence was not her big point, but now already, we miss her infectious big laugh.

The colleagues of the library and the conservatory wish Marieke a carefree retirement time: at rest, but full activity.

 

Message posted on 12 March 2013


Season's greetings 2013

 

Message posted on 1 January 2013.


 

Jstor logo The electronic library is enlarged with a new database:
the music collection of JStor.

JStor is a non-profit organization and makes back issues of periodicals permanent available. The Music Collection contains about 30 music periodicals, published in different countries. It concernes mostly more recent periodicals from the 20th century, but there are also volumes from the 19th century, such as the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, from 1874, and the Musical Times, from 1844. The titles in JStor have a ‘moving wall’; by consequence some titles are available only three, four or five year after publication date. Access to the JStor periodicals is provided via the electronic library and is limited to the students and professors of the Conservatory Brussels, Erasmus University College.

Overview of the available titles:

  • 19th-Century Music
  • Acta Musicologica
  • American Music
  • Archiv fur Musikwissenschaft
  • Asian Music
  • Black Music Research Journal
  • British Journal of Ethnomusicology
  • Cambridge Opera Journal
  • Early Music (to be released at a later date)
  • Early Music History
  • Ethnomusicology
  • The Galpin Society Journal
  • International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music
  • The Journal of Music Theory
  • The Journal of Musicology
  • Journal of the American Musicological Society
  • Journal of the Royal Musical Association
  • Latin American Music Review / Revista de Música Latinoamericana
  • Lied und populäre Kultur (formerly Jahrbuch fur Volksliedforschung)
  • Music Analysis
  • Music & Letters
  • Music Theory Spectrum
  • The Musical Quarterly
  • The Musical Times
  • Notes
  • Perspectives of New Music
  • Popular Music
  • Revue de Musicologie
  • Studia Musicologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae
  • Tempo
  • Tijdschrift van de Koninklijke Vereniging voor nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis
  • Yearbook for Traditional Music

Message posted on 5 September 2012.

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