Doshisha University compiled two catalogs of the Nakano Collection – one for guitar and one for mandolin. Both catalogs are available for order directly from the university. The Nakano Collection contains approximately 12,000 individual items with about 6100 in the guitar section. Doshisha has photocopied the nearly the entire collection and bound it into a series of very large volumes. As long as you can get into the library it is very easy to access the collection by requesting certain volumes.
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This is an incomplete list of compositions in the Morishige Takei collection at the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo, Japan. It was compiled by Jun Sugawara, of HOMAdream. The Takei collection is not publicly accessibly to my knowledge, nor has it been fully catalogued. After Takei’s death it was in the custody of at least one other person during which time portions may have been mixed with other collections. Takei also had a large amount of mandolin music in his possession. I doubt that this list represents the total of his guitar collection. One thing to remember though is that Takei lost nearly all of his collection due to fires caused by the great Kanto earthquake in 1923, though his rebuilt collection mostly survived other fires caused by air raids on Tokyo during World War II.
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I am proud to announce that the Hudleston Collection from the Royal Irish Academy of Music is now available in the Archive Search. This brings the total number of digital files linked from the database to 6248 and the pages represented in thumbnail format to 49,428.
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The Luigi Ricca collection has been added to the Archive Search. While the Ricca collection itself has quite a bit of music, only the guitar related works have been added to the archive. While the guitar music was digitized it was distributed on DVD and is not available on the web to my knowledge. The preview images and data were given to me by my friend and colleague Marco Bazzotti.
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The Giulianiad was published in London from January 1833 through possibly July 1835. Its editor was not listed in any of the journals but it is fairly well accepted that Ferdinand Pelzer was very involved in the work. There are only two known locations of complete issues of the journal: The British Library and the Appleby Collection at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. There are a number of individual issues in other collections and libraries.
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My article on Horetzky with a facsimile of his Quatre Variations, Op. 22, recently appeared in the GFA Soundboard Volume XXXVII, No. 4. NOTE: I have updated this post with translations from Powrozniak and my comprehensive compositions list. Translations from Bartkowski are forthcoming.
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Based on a discussion in the Guitar Summit mailing list I am posting links to online guitar research resources.
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I have made available PDF files of all issues of Takei Morishige’s journal Mandorin to Gitaa Kenkyu Shiryo (Mandolin and Guitar Research Articles) which was published from January, 1942 to November, 1943. Each issue was only 4 pages and printed on a single, folded piece of newsprint. The journal ended publication due to a paper shortage during the war. Takei’s publishing activities started in 1916 with his journal titled “Mandolin and Guitar”.
UPDATE May 2011: A table of contents list in both Japanese and English is now available.
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This article originally appeared on my personal site icoldwell.com in 1997 and was titled Clarification of Information in “An Introduction to the History of the Guitar in Japan”.
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