Institut Bohuslava Martinů, o.p.s.
Bořanovická 14
182 00, Praha 8 – Kobylisy
Česká republika

Reg. No.: 27398757
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Phone: +420 257 320 076

The Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Library, administered by the Bohuslav Martinů Institute, possesses all the available titles relating to the composer Bohuslav Martinů and the basic musicological literature primarily focused on 20th-century music (more information here). In addition to this literature, the library contains copies of hundreds of music and non-music sources linked with the life and work of Bohuslav Martinů (more than four thousand letters, historical concert programmes, etc.). In connection with the increasingly intense preparations for the Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition, research into sources of individual compositions by Bohuslav Martinů has been progressing.

The database of sources held at the Bohuslav Martinů Institute provides researchers with a complete account and thorough characterisation of materials of a source nature which are gathered in the library in the form of copies. The core of the database of sources is formed by the catalogue of compositions, providing basic information about individual Martinů pieces. Each composition is accompanied by a list of sources, including a detailed physical description (entering of information is under way). The database is kept up-to-date.

The other part of the database includes exhaustive correspondence pertaining to Bohuslav Martinů and his work. The system also contains a list of persons and corporations that appear in the letters or are in some other manner related to the sources filed in the database. Searching in individual categories of the database of sources is very flexible, hence it is possible to apply full text search or according to precise criteria and filters (for searching in the database, see the help). Besides the correspondence, sources and compositions, photographies of Bohuslav Martinů and his own drawings are registered in the system. Some of the documents are digitized. The database of the Bohuslav Martinů Institute sources only includes materials of a source nature. Specialist publications, journal studies and concert programmes are processed in the cataloguing system of the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Library (entry to the library catalogue here).