The Swiss National Library collects printed music publications, publications of Swiss music history and Swiss composers as well as periodicals of the Swiss music scene. Each year, the Swiss National Bibliography „The Swiss book" lists the current production of printed music in its issue 16. The collection is supported by the SUISA to the point in which they donate one copy of all works from the SUISA archive to the Swiss National Library.
The main focus of the collection is on music publications from the 18th century, printed songbooks in German language and music collections. These offer a broad view over the music scene in Switzerland of the late 19th and the 20th century. Among famous Swiss composers (Raffaele D'Alessandro, Reinhold Laquai, Louis Piantoni) there are also several representatives from the music scene in Berne (Ernst Graf, Carl Hess, Eugen Huber, Albert Nef). The scientific working papers of Hans Kayser, Arnold Geering and Edgar Refardt are also a further part of the collection. The collections of the Bernese Organ and Bell experts as well as from the acoustician Ernst Schiess are exceptional. The scientific and musical analysis of the Swiss Folk music is reflected in the collection of Arthur Rossat, Eugen Huber and Albert Stern. Of significant meaning are the documents in the collections of Josef Liebeskind (such as transcriptions of the works from Gluck and Dittersdorf, music prints from the 18th century and also containing several unique specimens), Josef Häfliger-Gasser (Autographs of Swiss writers and composers) and Max Zulauf (music prints of the early 19th century).
In the collections of the Swiss National Library you will also find the autograph of the Swiss Psalm, the offertory Diligam te, Domine, composed in 1835 by Alberich Zwyssig and changed in 1841 to Trittst im Morgenrot daher by Leonhard Widmer.
The music collection of the Swiss National Library was partially integrated in the Swiss Literary Archives (SLA) on 11th January 1991 and is attended by the Swiss RISM Association since 2001. These archival collections may only be consulted in the reading room of the Swiss Literary Archives. The other fonds and collections can be consulted in the general reading room of the Swiss National Library.
Last modification 12.03.2014
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