Francophone Music Criticism, 1789-1914
Grant Holder: Professor Katharine Ellis
The Francophone Music Criticism website gives access to the Francophone music press in all its forms (the specialist music press, theatrical press and daily newspapers). This cumulative resource currently offers over 1000 reviews and critical essays totalling 2.5 million words from the period 1789 to 1914. Texts are grouped in collections of the work of individual critics, and dossiers de presse of particular works or events.
The material is fully text-searchable, and the entire corpus can be browsed by any combination of date, title, author, subject or journal, in addition to free-text searching.
‘Francophone Music Criticism’ is open access, without registration or password, and conforms to WCAG 2.0 standards.
As of May 2010 the website contains 12 collections: Blaze de Bury, D’Ortigue, Saint-Saëns and Dukas as critics; Guillaume Tell, Les Huguenots, La Navarraise, Cavalleria rusticana, the Paris Tannhäuser; seven Gevaert operas; the Paris Meyerbeer Centenary, the Société Nationale de Musique.
Collections on Benvenuto Cellini and Carmen will be added by the end of 2010. The site’s Resources page contains bibliographical materials and work in progress, to which scholars are actively encouraged to contribute updates.
‘Francophone Music Criticism’ is the result of the work of a network of around 70 international scholars led by Mark Everist (Southampton) and Katharine Ellis (Royal Holloway). The website is hosted by the Institute of Musical Research and the University of Southampton. It relies on contributions from a growing number of scholars who join the Network and oversee the preparation of materials for the site. The Network also runs an email discussion list and holds regular colloquia.
|Project start date: 2006-11||Project end date: 2008-10|
|2d Scanning and photography||Data capture|
|Data mining||Data analysis|
|Text recognition||Data capture|
|Video-based interaction (asynchronous)||Communication and collaboration|
|General project management||Strategy and project management|
|Use of existing digital data||Data capture|
|Manual input and transcription||Data capture|
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), School of Advanced Study, University of Southampton
Content types created:
Software tools used:
Adobe Acrobat Professional, D-Space, MS Word
Source material used:
Individual articles (always complete) from newspaper and periodical texts 1789-1914. Members of the Network contributing to the resouce gather collections of music journalism from press sources in a variety of public libraries and archives, compiling 'dossiers de presse' on particular themes (such as an operatic premiere, a critic's collected writings, or an important musical event).
Digital resource created:
A cumulative, searchable, digital archive of music criticism of the period. It is suitable for use by cultural historians of the period as well as those more closely interested in music and dance history in nineteenth-century France. Its content gives detailed insight into musical life and debate of the time, into the production history of stage works, and into the broader relationship between music and letters.
Access to digital resource:
Generation of pdfs from typed Word files supplemented by OCR where possible. Files are mounted onto the School of Advanced Study's 'SAS-Space', a standard digital repository using D-Space (soon to move to Eprints), linked to a bespoke search engine created at the University of Southampton which overlays it with database functionality.
Data Formats created:
Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)
Metadata standards employed:
Dublin Core, simple (DC)
Institutions affiliated with this project:
|UK HE institutions involved:|
|University of Southampton|
|Institute of Musical Research|
Project staff and expertise:
|Principal staff member:||Katharine Ellis, Mark Everist|
|Other staff:||Computing officer(s) / Technical supporter(s), Postdoctoral researcher(s) / Research assistant(s)|
|Metadata on this arts-humanities.net record|
|Author(s) of record||Katharine Ellis|
|Title||Francophone Music Criticism, 1789-1914|
|Record updated||2011-05-11 16:54|
|URL of record||http://www.arts-humanities.net/node/3264|
|Citation of record||Katharine Ellis: Francophone Music Criticism, 1789-1914.|
created: 2010-05-25, last updated 2011-05-11 16:54