Schubert's music pieces and Glinka's opera: rare editions are now in the Moscow Electronic Printed Music Library

Schubert's music pieces and Glinka's opera: rare editions are now in the Moscow Electronic Printed Music Library
This convenient service has already been appreciated by professional musicians and music school students. By the end of the year, the catalogue another 20,000 digitised pieces will be added to the catalogue.

Moscow reading halls continue to replenish the Moscow Electronic Printed Music Library (MEPML). Since the project launch last June, 3,153 digitised editions and 114,000 individual musical compositions of different genres have been added to the catalogue.

"The Moscow Electronic Printed Music Library is a unique digitised music repository. It took about two years to create it. Experts have prepared a detailed bibliographic description of all the pieces, with the author, year of publication and an instrument type indicated," noted the Moscow Directorate for the Development of Cultural Centres.

The collection mostly comprises world-famous classical works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Liszt, Frederic Chopin and Pyotr Tchaikovsky. For example, it features the printed music of 'Les collines d'Anacapri' by Claude Debussy, 'Five Piano Pieces' by Franz Schubert, 'Sleep, My Poor Friend' by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. There is also a wide range of works of the 20th century composers.

You may view these and other printed music in the Bogolyubov Library of Arts (14 Sushchovskaya Street), the place where all the digitised archives are stored. To do this, you need to come to the library and register a unified library card. You will be provided with a computer to choose the work you need from a catalogue of digitised printed music. There is an electronic list of classification headings to filter printed music by instruments or genres and make the work with the catalogue easier.

If the piece has no any copyright restrictions, you can download it. Copyrighted materials are only available for viewing in reading halls on computers and tablets, any copying or downloading is prohibited.

In addition, a part of the Library's collection is published online on the National Electronic Library website. Today it has more than 900 musical pieces and publications. There is also a mobile app available.

"The benefits of the electronic printed music library have been appreciated primarily by professional musicians, music school students and amateur musicians. Digitising their sheet music funds, the Moscow libraries made them available not only to Moscow residents, but also residents of the whole country. Some of the rare publications that have not been reissued for many years are now available in electronic form," the Moscow Directorate for the Development of Cultural Centres added.

Within the project of the Moscow Electronic Printed Music Library, digitisation of rare music publications of music schools and art schools subordinated to the Moscow Department of Culture has also been launched. Nekrasov Central Scientific Library that engaged in this activity has received more than 65 valuable copies. Digitisation of these materials will be completed before the end of the year. Among them, for example, are sheet music of 'A Life for the Tsar' opera by Mikhail Glinka published in 1885 and 'Les Huguenots' opera by Giacomo Meyerbeer published in 1888. These rare copies were handed over by the Gnessin State Music College. In total, the Moscow Electronic Printed Music Library will be replenished by more than 20,000 pieces of music in 2019.

Moscow reading halls offer more than 200,000 printed music pieces, including about 3,000 of rare copies to be digitised.

Presentation of the Moscow Electronic Printed Music Library took place on 1 June, 2018, at the 4th Red Square Book Fair.

Last year, unified library cards were issued for Moscow citizens. It is a plastic card with a print of bookshelves against turquoise background and two inscriptions ― ‘Moscow Libraries’ and ‘Unified Library Card’. It is the design the Active Citizen project users chose last year. In total, about 200,000 people voted.

Today almost half of Moscow’s libraries accept unified library cards. You may borrow any book with this card at more than 170 reading halls of the Moscow Department of Culture.

Moscow libraries provide conditions for reading, learning, and working. They offer their visitors comfortable rooms and well-equipped workplaces with Wi-Fi, PCs, cosy furniture and coffee machines. Their friendly personnel will guide you through the room and help to find reference books if required. You can work in this co-working space for free, provided you show your library card at the entrance.