Constant, Françoise, ed. Catalogue des fonds musicaux anciens conservés en Bretagne. Patrimoine musical régional. [Rennes]: Coopération des bibliothèques de Bretagne, Musique et danse en Bretagne, .
This catalog is useful to musicologists and students searching for specific information about the musical collections found in Bretagne.
This catalog contains music from Bretagne from 1650 to the beginning of the 19th century (1837) from the following locations: the municipal libraries of Dinan, Fougères, Quimper, Rennes, Saint-Brieuc, and Vannes, the National Conservatory of Rennes, the departmental archives of the Côtes d’Amor and Ille-et-Vilaine, and the diocese Archives of Vannes. The author specifies that the catalog does not include folk music. Both printed music and manuscripts are included.
The catalogue commences with short letters from the different individuals who collaborated to compile the catalog. Then, there is an introduction, a list of the places (with addresses) from where the documents in the catalog have been gathered, a map of Bretagne, a guide to the reading of each entry, some general remarks concerning the entries, and a list of abbreviations used in the entries. The catalog itself is then presented, which is divided into three sections: scores, libretti, and musical literature. The first section is organized alphabetically by composer’s last name; the second section alphabetically by title; the third alphabetically by author. In all sections, each entry presents the dates of the composer or author, the title of a composition or book, the publisher’s address, and explanations about the type of document it is. In the notes, there are information about instrumentation, genre, date of the premier, some complementary information about the publisher, a bibliographic description, and local call number. The work concludes with a series of lists: composers, librettists, authors, editors, printers, vendors, engravers, dedicatees, uniform titles, literary incipits used, manuscript scores, provenance of items, genres, topographical index, and a bibliography.
Excellent, full-color photographs of various items are scattered throughout.
Wagstaff, John. Fontes artis musicae 47 (April-September 2000): 211.