The Auditorium Parco della Musica Ennio Morricone also has space for the study and consultation of books, scores, sheet music, manuscripts, periodicals, photographs, documents, audio-video recordings, and the other materials that make up the historical musical heritage of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia. The Auditorium's bibliomediatheque is equipped with multimedia stations for listening to and enjoying digital documents from the Academy and the Teche Rai. Inside, it is also possible to purchase volumes, periodicals, audio CDs and DVDs published by the Academy.
The Auditorium's library houses the entire library holdings of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, some 130,000 volumes and files, mostly scores and sheet music, monographs, periodicals and manuscripts on musical subjects. Opened to the public in 1877, it holds an important antique collection filled with approx. 7,000 manuscripts almost all of which have been cataloged, about 1,500 pre-1830 editions, librettos and theater programs. To date, 1,450 manuscripts and about 400 pre-1830 editions have been digitized.
The historical archives preserves the complete records of the life of the institution from 1651 to the present, consisting of more than 1,000 linear meters of documents, including: paper archives (registers, minutes, correspondence and correspondence, administrative archives and account books); playbills, posters, theater programs and press reviews. All available news and material on concerts and activities to the public, from 1895 to the present, can also be accessed through the event history, which currently consists of more than 20,000 news items.
The audiovisual archives preserve an edited and unpublished sound heritage, augmented throughout the twentieth century by numerous donations, important record collections of vinyl, lacquer, and digital media, as well as recordings of concerts by the Accademia di Santa Cecilia. Performances by the great conductors of the past (Toscanini, Furtwängler, De Sabata, Molinari, Karajan) are preserved along with those of the most renowned conductors and performers of the present. The archives collect 26,000 media, of which 14,000 are cataloged.
The Ethnomusicology archive collects, thanks to the research campaigns of the National Center for Popular Music Studies, founded in collaboration with RAI, valuable recordings of music from the Italian oral tradition and the Mediterranean basin, the result of the work of Giorgio Nataletti, Diego Carpitella, Ernesto De Martino, Alan Lomax and other scholars who have passionately devoted themselves to the collection and study of these repertoires. The archives hold more than 22,000 audio recordings, of which 11,000 have been cataloged, about half of which have been poured into digital audio tracks.
The photo archive is a visual record of the activities of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, particularly the concert seasons from the mid-20th century to the present. It also preserves historical collections that bring together portraits of relevant personalities in musical and theatrical culture since the late 19th century, photographic documentation related to the research campaigns of the Ethnomusicology Archives, and that related to the Academy's collections of ancient musical instruments and works of art. The size of the archive exceeds 40,000 photographs, of which 10,000 are included in the catalog.
The Academy's collection of works of art, consisting of about one hundred works including paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures, has been deposited over the centuries and enriched continuously, according to criteria that are as random as they are spontaneous, because they are the result of gifts from patrons and academics. Portraits of musicians and leading figures in the history of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia predominate in the collection.
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