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Manuscripts

April 1, 2013

On my recent visit to Kraków, Yaniv and I went to see “The Exhibition of Musical manuscripts” at the Jagiellonian Library. It was one of the accompanying events on the occasion of the “17th Ludvig van Beethoven Easter Festival. I knew I was going to see something VERY special: manuscripts of Mozart, Beethoven…and  was overwhelmed by the sheer joy and humility in presence of those treasuries. Can you imagine seeing Beethoven’s sketch book in a very difficult to read hand writing? There were some motives, ideas, later found in his compositions. Next to it, almost “clean” Mozart Symphony in E flat Major KV 543. And there was more Mozart, Bethoven (Seventh Symphony) Schubert, Bach, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Brahms, Wagner, Verdi AND Lutosławski, Górecki and Penderecki.

Those and many more are available to scholars, but rarely visible to public. It was a bit surreal to see it housed in a “regular” library, full of todays life, students. What is it going to be like a hundred years from now? Todays composers “originals” will be digitally stored? available on Sibelius 2008?