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Breitkopf & Härtel’s Concert-Programm-Austausch
Transcript of Breitkopf & Härtel’s Concert-Programm-Austausch
History of the Concert-Programm Austausch
Provenance of 1894-1898 issues
Originally given in 2011 as part of a gift of approximately 24 boxes of German language materials to Kean University by American musicologist Alan Kruecke
Kean University contacted Rutgers since the materials were outside the scope of their collections
Subscription cards, a receipt, and a subscription list in two different issues suggest original owner
Contents: 18 issues from 1894 to 1898. No complete run of any year
Analyzing concert programs - some success
Analyzing concert programs - initial attempts
Cardiff University and the Royal College of Music.
In Concert: Towards a Collaborative Digital Archive of Musical Ephemera
Ridgewell, Rupert. "
: Breitkopf und Härtel and the politics of cultural exchange, 1893-1941." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Association of Music Libraries, Moscow, June 28, 2010.
Ridgewell, Rupert. Introduction to "Konzert-Programm-Austausch" in
Nineteenth Century Collections Online: British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture
. Gale database.
A previously-unknown collection of concert programs.
Michelle Oswell, Curtis Institute of Music
George Mason University
October 3, 2015
Majority of extant volumes held by the British Library (1901-1914) and Newberry Library (1927-1941)
Breitkopf und Härtel began series in 1893
Issues were initially released monthly or semi-monthly, later issues, as the series' popularity increased, released more often
Issues arranged alphabetically by city, then chronologically by date
Subscribing organizations sent their programs to B&H for distribution in the series
What data should be included?
Flat file (spreadsheet) or relational database?
Microsoft Access data entry forms to begin transferring the data from the programs into the database
New job, new dog, a move, and renovations put the project on the back burner
Find a database solution other than Microsoft Access
Searched for web-based database solutions.
Zoho Creator (http://creator.zoho.com)
"Operating system for businesses"
Migration of tables and relationships to Zoho was incredibly easy
Multiple pass data entry
So what's inside?
I've done an initial pass-through on every issue
There are over 400 programs in these 18 issues
104 Venues (to the level of specific rooms within venues, when given)
55 cities (concentrated in Germany/Prussia, but with examples from France, Denmark, Sweden, and Switzerland
Chart of venues by city: https://goo.gl/t5uAM4
Chart of programs by issue: https://goo.gl/1pwoYc
So what's inside, part 2
So what's next?
Map venues with programs and dates
Decide how to record data on pieces performed
Publish the data - InConcert?
Make others aware: there's a wealth of information available for musicologists and cultural historians