Valorisation of Documentary Collections


Première édition de Léonore de Pierre Gaveaux en 1798 (Collection Académie de France à Rome) Première édition d’un quatuor de Théodore Gouvy en 1858 (Collection Institut Gouvy)

The Palazzetto Bru Zane encourages institutions holding documentary collections relating to music of the French Romantic period to enhance those collections and facilitate access for researchers and musicians. To that end, appropriate international partnerships have been set up with the aim of assisting in the work of cataloguing and digitisation.
ACADÉMIE DE FRANCE À ROME – VILLA MEDICI (ROME, ITALY) Precious musical collections In 2010-2011, a partnership between these two institutions led to the listing, cataloguing and partial digitisation of the precious musical collections of the Villa Medici library (published scores and manuscripts), which will eventually enable a study of the culture of the winners of the Prix de Rome staying at the Villa Medici in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
BHVP – Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris (PARIS, FRANCE) Cataloguing and digitisation of the collection of operatic staging manuals These staging manuals, affording information on the visual aspect of operas staged between about 1830 and 1930, have much to offer theatre historians and those working in opera. The BHVP, which holds one of the major collections relating to the performing arts in France, opens its doors to the Palazzetto Bru Zane for the cataloguing and digitization of these works, which provide a valuable record of operatic activity in Paris and the French provinces.
CITÉ DE LA MUSIQUE – MUSÉE DE LA MUSIQUE (PARIS, FRANCE) The “Pleyel / Érard / Gaveau and Salle Pleyel” archives This collaboration between the Palazzetto Bru Zane and the Musée de la Musique centres on the archiving, cataloguing and digitisation of the “Pleyel / Érard / Gaveau and Salle Pleyel” Collection, consisting of documents dating from 1788 onwards. The archives contain registers of production and sale, as well as many plans of instruments; these provide us with an essential account of the development of instrument making.
CONSERVATOIRE DE MUSIQUE DE GENÈVE – HAUTE ÉCOLE DE MUSIQUE (GENEVA, SWITZERLAND) Orchestral materials of the Société symphonique The Geneva Conservatoire and the Palazzetto Bru Zane are working on a two-stage joint research project involving detailed cataloguing of the Geneva collections of orchestral materials (carried out in 2010), then study of the collections from an applied musicological standpoint.
CONSERVATOIRE NATIONAL SUPÉRIEUR DE MUSIQUE ET DE DANSE DE PARIS / MÉDIATHÈQUE HECTOR BERLIOZ (PARIS, FRANCE) Correspondence of Charles Gounod Almost three thousand letters written or received by Charles Gounod are preserved in the Médiathèque (Media Library) Hector Berlioz of the Paris Conservatoire. In partnership with the Palazzetto Bru Zane, the latter aims to digitise and publish some of that correspondence.
FONDS MARSICK This collection of family archives belongs to Jacques Marsick, a descendant of Martin-Pierre (1847-1924) and Armand (1877-1959) Marsick: the former, a virtuoso violinist, professor at the Paris Conservatoire and composer; the latter, a composer, conductor and teacher. These documents have been digitised by their owner and, in March 2016, were made available online by the Palazzetto Bru Zane. They showcase the Marsick family’s extensive network of musical and extra-musical acquaintances and provide a wealth of information about the social structure of musical life in Europe during the years of the French Third Republic. For further information on these musicians and their family, please visit the website:
INSTITUT THÉODORE GOUVY (HOMBOURG-HAUT, FRANCE) “Théodore Gouvy” archives In preparation for a festival devoted to Théodore Gouvy, the Palazzetto Bru Zane, the Institut Théodore Gouvy and the Moselle General Council have come together to work on the publishing and documentation of the Théodore Gouvy archive collection, which is preserved at Hombourg-Haut.
LEDUC – CHOUDENS – HAMELLE – HEUGEL – BORNEMANN ARCHIVES In 2015, part of the musical and visual archive of the Leduc Editions (and of the associated Hamelle, Heugel, Choudens and Bornemann collections) was given to the Palazzetto Bru Zane, which seeks to draw attention to them through an indexing and digitizing process.
PRIVATE ARCHIVES As part of its support for the valorisation of precious documentary collections, the Palazzet- to Bru Zane is also engaged in different types of collaboration with private collections, particularly those of the descendants of a number of nineteenth-century composers: Théodore Dubois, Lucien Durosoir, Gabriel Pierné, Maurice Emmanuel, Fernand de La Tombelle, etc. It is also trustee of the Christine Dudych Music Collection.