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(JP) Nanki Music Library online

Contributed by Admin on Jan 08, 2010

Integrated Repository of Musical Resources at the Research Institute for Digital Media and Content (DMC), Keio University

In Japan, there are many unavailable collections of musical sources (musical notes, books on music, etc.). Of primary consideration is the Nanki Music Library, founded by Marquis Yorisada Tokugawa (1892-1954) in Azabu-Iikura, Tokyo in 1918, which includes autographs of Beethoven, Liszt, and other composers. The Nanki Music Library was the first public musical library in Japan and actively collected many rare musical sources from throughout the world, such as the bibliotheca of William Hayman Cummings (1831-1915), a British music educator. The Library was closed to the public in 1931 due to financial difficulty of the Tokugawa family; nevertheless, international attention has remained focused on the collection.

This project aims to design and create digital content materials from such sources with the expert assistance of digital archivists at the studio of the Research Institute for Digital Media and Content (DMC), Keio University. The digitized musical contents will be distributed internationally, and will enhance Japan’s contribution to music in the future. Emphasis in the digitization process is both on the applicability of the collections’ structure to other musical archives and its potential for use in the development of new educational materials.

Visit the Nanki Music Library to view some of their collections online.