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Majorque, la plus grande des îles Baléares, a une riche histoire musicale. Depuis plus de dix ans, le Centre de documentation musicale historique local a entrepris de recueillir, conserver et propager le patrimoine historique et musical des îles Baléares. L'article retrace l'historique de la recherche dans la région et donne un aperçu des collections et des activités du Centre, qui incluent des publications, des colloques réguliers et des rencontres scientifiques.

Mallorca, eine der größten Inseln der Balearen, hat eine reiche Musikgeschichte. Seit zehn Jahren ist das lokale Zentrum für historische Musikdokumentation dabei, das historische und musikalische Erbe der Balearen zu sammeln, aufzubewahren und bekannt zu machen. Es wird die Forschungsgeschichte der Region beschrieben und ein Überlick gegeben über die Bestände des Zentrums und über seine Aktivitäten, die Veröffentlichungen und regelmäßige Symposien und wissenschaftliche Tagungen umfassen.

The purpose of this article is twofold. First of all, we want to introduce the Centre de Recerca i Documentació Històrico-Musical de Mallorca to the musicological community and especially to those scholars interested in the history and folklore of Mallorca and the other islands that form the Balearic Isles (Minorca, Ibiza, and Formentera). For more than a decade, the Center has carried out a vast array of musicological projects and undertakings—publication of biographies and critical editions, recording of CDs, organization of concerts, symposia, and round tables for the general public, elaboration of detailed catalogues of musical sources, as well as numerous projects involving fieldwork on the islands' folklore. Nevertheless, until recent times, the Center's valuable research efforts have not had appropriate dissemination within the Spanish and the international scholarly community because (understandably) research was focused mainly on the geographical and political area of the Balearic Isles, and because the findings were principally addressed to scholars living and working in the region.

Our second purpose—closely related to the first—is to present a short summary of the Center's most relevant activities. Indeed we are pleased to take advantage of an international forum such as Fontes Artis Musicae to make the Center known to the scholarly community outside the Balearic Isles. We are convinced that this gives us the unique opportunity to present our credentials, circulate some of our findings, and (of course) extend our resources to all researchers and scholars outside Spain.


This article was originally published in Fontes Artis Musicae, Vol. 45, No. 1 (January-March 1998), pp. 31-38.



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