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Indexing and Digitization of the Music Library from the Estate of Claudio Abbado

Berlin State Library, Germany

Claudio Abbado occupies a special place in the music history of the 20th and 21st centuries and has left a formative mark as a conductor and artist. In addition to 400 music textbooks, 2,500 sound carriers and professional correspondence, the Abbado estate also contains 2,000 music volumes with handwritten entries and 300 accompanying conducting notes, which reflect the conductor's practical, analytical and aesthetic ideas on musical performance. The conductor’s notes contain details on dynamics, tempo relations and the accentuation of individual instruments. The conducting scores also include the dates and locations of the performances.
The conductor’s musical estate was donated by the Fondazione Claudio Abbado to the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Berlin State Library – Foundation of Prussian Cultural Heritage). The Foundation focuses on the cataloguing and digitization of the materials in order to make them freely available to scientific research in digitized collections worldwide.

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