February 2012

The Beethoven Gateway

The Beethoven Gateway is a free online resource that helps direct people interested in Beethoven to books, articles, scores, and other sources on the composer. Although it functions primarily as a catalog of the collections of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, its also serves the broader purpose of providing a comprehensive and fully-indexed bibliography of materials relating to Beethoven, from a wide range of subject areas.

The principle aims of the database are:

  1. bring together bibliographical information of all significant Beethoven materials dating from the late eighteenth century to the present through the creation of a dedicated database;
  2. improve access to information on Beethoven by providing in-depth subject analysis of the literature from all fields and abstracts or content notes;
  3. create ease of access to bibliographic information by adding indexes of works, genres, and other desirable access points;
  4. create, maintain, and disseminate a thesaurus of terms and guidelines for using the database;
  5. provide information on locations of primary research materials through the thesaurus and the database itself;
  6. make the database freely available worldwide on the Internet.

The database does not yet provide full text of articles or books, although links from Beethoven Gateway to full text databases is planned. Links to scanned images from the Center are also forthcoming. (from the website)

The digital collection of Music Library of Greece “Lilian Voudouri”

The digital collection of Music Library of Greece ‘Lilian Voudouri’
includes more than 330,000 digitized documents of unique cultural value on
Greek music and is a source for every researcher interested in Greek music.
These items can be utilized for the interdisciplinary creation of cultural
services, always subject to intellectual property law.
The digital collection includes the archives of the composers Mikis
Theodorakis, Emilios Riadis, Georgios Poniridis, Frank Choisy, the archive
of Nileus Kamarados-Nikolaos Vlachopoulos, as well as a part of the
Manuscript and Greek Songs Collections that belong to the Library. The
collection has recently been enriched by the archive of Dimitrios Lialios,
the collections of concert programmes and other cultural events, Greek
musical periodicals, books of Byzantine music and vinyl records.
Certain categories of documents are not available online; i.e. items related
to public organizations, corporations and personal documents. All material
that integrates in the above-mentioned categories is accessible only within
the Library premises.”

Dal segno al suono

Dal Segno al suono: Il Conservatorio di Musica San Pietro a Majella: Repertorio del patrimonio storico-artistico e degli strumenti musicali. A cura di Gema Cautela, Luigi Sisto, Lorella Starita

This beautiful and lavishly illustrated volume is an exhaustive catalogue of all the portraits, instruments and museum artifacts conserved at the Conservatorio di Musica San Pietro a Majella in Naples, Italy. Every item is accompanied with a photograph, many in full color.