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October 15, 2009 issue. This file presents an archive copy of the issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on October 15, 2009.
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France has music! Some of the finest concerts I've ever attended have been held in tiny French locales, hidden away in ancient nooks which have hosted music for a millennium...
Online, then, French music library resources have been proliferating: for example,
Yes, this is the "Conservatoire" -- although nowadays, since 1980, there is another one 'way down-south in Lyon, too, see below. This venerable institution up in Paris, though, now in its relatively-new digs (1990) out at La Villette (metro Porte de Pantin), has assembled an impressive array of music resources online --
[Unfortunately the CNSMDP site is built on Flash apps which currently cannot be read via iPhone... grr...]
-- for instance the following resources now are offered by the CNSMDP médiathèque online -- and it is very interesting to see, from the following list, the extent to which "music" now is globalizing... at least music education is... --
From CNSMDP, la Médiathèque, "Ressources internet" -- a selection --
-- on the banks of the Saône...
"The Nadia Boulanger Multimedia Library occupies the part of the building that formerly housed the library of the veterinary school. The official architecture of the nineteenth century is still apparent in the walnut panelling and the fine craftsmanship of the cabinets once used to display the anatomy collection, all of which blends quite naturally with the high-tech design of the new furniture and digital stereo listening equipment.
"The Nadia Boulanger Multimedia Library was opened in 1980, at the same time as the Lyon CNSMD itself. It owes its name to the donation made to the Lyon CNSMD by Annette Dieudonné in accordance with the wishes of Nadia Boulanger, who requested that the collection of music she had used for her own work should serve the needs of young professional musicians after her death."
"More than 42000 documents can be borrowed
"reading room: more than 22000 documents
"periodicals room : more than 120 current issues of music periodicals"
-- this must be the only music conservatory in the world reached by "funiculaire"...
[tr. JK:] "The Conservatoire de Lyon possesses a Médiathèque of great richness. It plays an important role in the music curriculum of the students, and it represents an important pedagogical tool for the instructors. It also is a resource of inestimable value for outside musicians, amateur or professional, as well as for researchers in musicology.
"The collections are 60% gifts of the musicians and other donors of Lyon -- Ennemond Trillat -1890-1980-, Léon Vallas -1879-1956-, Henry de Chaponay, Ninon Vallin -1886-1961-, Henri Dumoulin, etc. They are divided in three sections: the bibliothèque, the discothèque, and the réserves.
"A total of 73,000 documents is accessible for in-library use or for loan. The Médiathèque is open to all!
"The bibliothèque provides in-library use and loan of scores, books and periodicals. It contains 45,000 scores, 6,000 music books and encyclopedias, and 2,000 specialized periodicals. Nearly 20,000 scores are available for loan. The bibliothèque also contains a valuable collection of instrumental and vocal scores of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Loans are free of charge for the students and instructors of the Conservatory.
"The discothèque is a space for in-library listening and reading, offering 7000 CDs, 1500 phonograph records, 50 DVDs, et 500 books. This space is enriched by many significant gifts and legacies, of classical music and jazz, of the music critic Ferruccio Nuzzo, the Lyonnais jazz researcher and collector Alain Yves-Aimé Fournier (1945-2006), and of Roger Accart (1920-2007), founder and backer of 'Musique du temps', and of Anne-Marie Lamy, former professor of piano at the Conservatory."
A remarkable array of online services:
Text, Multimedia, Varia -- not all of them available to all users, on the general public site, but you get the idea -- a model, for music "digital library" offerings anywhere, nowadays --
A world-class resource to be "data-mined", truly -- there is a great deal here, in this now-enormous, multi-media, multi-site in both the physical and the virtual sense, bibliographic and general informational extravaganza, now called the Bibliothèque nationale de France -- only some part of which may be reached via the following brave attempt at a website summary... being a librarian at an institution like the BnF is a little like riding an enormous tidal wave, you don't control or even guide it, sometimes it's all you can do just to stay in the saddle...
"voir aussi" --
"ressources numériques" --
And now-showing, at the BnF, inter very much alia:
"Gounod, Mireille et l'opéra", site Opéra jusqu'au 18 octobre 2009...
And... don't forget the BnF's pioneering digital library, Gallica,
And... so much more, in music as in other things, at la BnF...
And in France there are music schools --
And libraries and archives and collections, scattered liberally across the Hexagone and now across the virtual Hexagone as well --
-- something for everyone...
Being pragmatic américain, moi, I cherish no Gallic dreams of completeness and universality: there's always one more library, I believe, in a place as information-filled as France -- one more place which has nourished scholars and the simply curious, sometimes for centuries, sometimes since last week when it made its first appearance on the Ouebbe.
At http://www.fyifrance.com I maintain long lists of these resources, with links and other information, and recently I have been expanding the music and music library information. So, if anyone would like to suggest an entry -- some favorite spot in Paris, some treasured archive out en province -- please send a note to email@example.com and I will add it.
Jack Kessler, firstname.lastname@example.org
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