The music editions in the Scott Collection of the Music Library of the University of Stellenbosch before and up to 1800, excluding church music : an annotated catalogue with some notes on printers and publishers

Du Toit, Elizabeth (1994-12)

Thesis (MMus)--Stellenbosch University, 1993.

Thesis

ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The purpose of this thesis can be summarised under the following headings: Unlocking the Scott Collection to the music world The University of Stellenbosch is in the possession of the valuable Scott Collection, as was bought from the estate of Gerrit Wessels, the beneficiary of Commander Michael Scott. The latter emigrated to South Africa because of health reasons, where he played a valuable role in the music circles of Cape Town. Music editions, manuscripts, gramophone records, and writings on music form about 20% of the Scott Collection. Providing music editions with RISM numbers and the international implication thereof The research had to determine whether editions could be listed in the RISM. This international inventory of first and early music editions lists all known and existing editions before and up to the year 1800. There are editions in the Scott Collection for example, which are some of the only few first edition copies in the world, A detailed description of the RISM and its activities are discussed in detail in Chapter 2. Creating an user-friendly catalogue for the US Music Library It was considered a great matter of importance to create an user-friendly catalogue for research purposes. The editions discussed in this thesis are therefore presented in table-form. Introducing further research possibilities Through the survey done on the applicable music editions, it was discovered that 111 editions in the Scott Collections could be listed in the RISM. Seeing that no editions harboured in South Africa are listed in the RISM at present, this matter are naturally of international importance. This also creates opportunities for further research and international publications. Conservation of old paper It became evident during the course of the research survey that the University of Stellenbosch was unaware of the monetary and international historical value of the music editions in the Scott Collection. The collection is in danger of perishing, as it is not preserved according to international standards of conserving old paper. It is also not adequately protected from fire and theft hazards. This matter and some suggestions to improve the situation, were brought under the attention of the university authorities (see Chapter 9).

AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Die doel van die tesis kan opgesom word onder die volgende opskrifte: Ontsluiting van die Scott-Versameling aan die musiek wereld Die Universiteit van Stellenbosch beskik oor die Scott-Versameling soos aangekoop uit die boedel van Gerrit Wessels, die begunstigde van Kommandeur Michael Scott. Laasgenoemde het weens gesondheidsredes na Suid-Afrika geimigreer, waar hy 'n waardevolle rol in die Kaapse musiekkringe gespeel het. Musiek-edisies, manuskripte, gramofoonplate, en geskrifte oor musiek vorm omtrent 20% van die Scott-Versameling. Die voorsiening van musiek-edisies van RISM nommers en die internasionale implikasie daarvan. Die navorsing moes bepaal of daar edisies is wat in die RISM gelys kon word. Die internationale inventaris van eerste en vroee musiek edisies, lys alle bekende en bestaande edisies voor en tot en met die jaar 1800. 'n Gedetaileerde beskrywing van die RISM en sy werksaamhede verskyn in Hoofstuk 2. Die skep van 'n gebruikersvriendelike katalogus vir the US Musiekbiblioteek Die opstelling van 'n gebruikersvriendelike katalogus is as noodsaaklik beskou vir navorsingsdoeleindes. Die edisies wat in hierdie tesis bespreek word, word daarom in tabelvorm aangebied. Die skep van verdere navorsingsmoontlikhede Gedurende die ondersoek gedoen op die toepaslike musiek edisies, is daar ontdek dat 111 edisies in die Scott-Versameling in die RISM gelys kan word. Omdat geen edisies wat in Suid-Afrika gehuisves word, huidiglik in die RISM gelys word nie, is hierdie saak uiteraard van internasionale belang. Dit skep ook verdere navorsingsrnoontlikhede en geleenthede vir internasionale vakpublikasies. Bewaring van ou papier Gedurende die navorsing het dit aan die lig gekom dat die Universiteit van Stellenbosch onbewus is van die monetere en internasionaal-historiese waarde van die musiek-edisies in die Scott-Versameling. ·Die versameling staan die gevaar om tot niet te gaan, omdat dit nie bewaar word volgens internasionale standaarde vir die bewaring van ou papier nie. Dit word ook nie voldoende beskerm teen brandgevaar en diefstal nie. Die aangeleentheid, asook 'n paar voorstelle om die omstandighede te verbeter, is onder die aandag van die universiteitowerhede gebring (sien Hoofstuk 9).

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