The Liechtenstein Music Archive on Microfilm at Syracuse

Don L. Smithers


Music and documents relating to pre-eighteenth-century musical establishments, especially ecclesiastical foundations, are often preserved in small but significant church libraries. One of these is located in the small town of Kromerli in Moravia, Czechoslovakia. The unique musical sources in this somewhat remote library are now most felicitously preserved on microfilm at Syracuse University. The films are part of the growing microfilm resources of the University, and, for American scholars, constitute in themselves a unique source of seventeenth-century Central European music, particularly since the specific Czech archive was never microfilmed previous to the complete filming for Syracuse University. Scholars especially interested in the culture and history of the Hapsburg or Holy Roman Empire will find this music terra incognita and a necessary adjunct to their arsenal of seventeenth-century sources.