Collection a1131 - Italian music from the First World War period

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IT a1131


Italian music from the First World War period


  • 1914 - 1918 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

Aprox. 155 Sheet music

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Name of creator

Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico

Biographical history

The Central Institute for the Union Catalogue of Italian Libraries and Bibliographic Information took on the current denomination in 1975 following the constitution of The Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, formerly the Ministry for Cultural and Environmental Heritage. The National Centre for the Union Catalogue was created in 1951 with the task of cataloguing the entire national bibliographic heritage.
This objective is pursued due to a considerable collaboration strategy among Italian libraries even coming under varied administrations. This ensures the development of services on the same level throughout the entire nation. Resulting from this collaboration is the establishment of the National Library Service. This national on-line service network, to which the state, local institutions, and university libraries is connected, contribute to the founding of the national collective on-line catalogue which is managed by the Institute.
The Institute, whose reference point is the General Direction for Library Heritage, Cultural Institutes and Copyright, carries out coordination functions with due respect to library autonomy in the field of National Library Service as well as cataloguing projects accomplished through the use of new information technology. ICCU acts as coordinator of the National Library Service (SBN) and of the digitalization projects produced by using metadata standards and related to the project Italian Digital Library (BDI).

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Scope and content

This Digital Collection gathers the most important collections of songbooks and music sheets in Italy from the WW1 period. It provides aprox. 155 items, specially military marching music, war hymns, folk songs, Neapolitan folk songs, sentimental ditties and canzonetta (the Italian popular secular vocal composition). There are musical compositions by several famous Italian musicians: Emilia Gubitosi, the first Italian woman to achieve the diploma of music composition; Giovanni Tarditi; Vincenzo Valente, a famous composer of Neapolitan songs; Giuseppe Capaldo, an Italian poet; Ernesto De Curtis who composed the famous song Torna a Surriento; Nicola Valente; Giuseppe Manente; Martino Stanislao; Luigi Gastaldon the author of the famous romanza Musica Proibita,etc.

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Freely available online

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  • Italian

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14-18 Documenti e immagini della Grande Guerra

Europeana Collections 1914-1918

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The Central Institute for the Union Catalogue of Italian libraries (ICCU), as a partner of the Europeana Collections 1914-1918 project, coordinates the Italian WW1 collections owned by Biblioteca Universitaria Alessandrina, Biblioteca di Storia Moderna e Contemporanea, and Istituto per la Storia del Risorgimento Italiano through the official website 14-18: Documenti e immagini della Grande Guerra.

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The materials have been digitized within the context of the Europeana Collections 1914-1918

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  • English



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