Dr. Eva-Maria Stange

Staatsministerin Dr. Eva-Maria Stange. Foto: Martin Förster

State Minister for Higher Education, Research and the Arts

It is a great pleasure for me that after 26 years the Congress of the International Association of Music Libraries, Music Archives and Music Documentation Centers (IAML) is happening again in Germany. We gladly welcome you and know that you are expecting 400 librarians and musicologists from more than 30 countries who work in the music departments of large academic libraries, libraries at colleges and conservatories, orchestral and broadcasting libraries, music archives, and scientific research institutions, as well as public libraries. I gladly accepted the patronage for this important Congress.

I am particularly pleased that the international participants of the Congress are coming to Saxony and especially to Leipzig, a dynamic and multifaceted cultural city. Leipzig is a wonderful host city. With its rich history and vibrant present, it is a magnet for tourists and an attractive place to live and work. Leipzig is also one of the most important European music capitals, having its own renowned music scene and at the same time attracting international musicians. Nine Leipzig music heritage sites have been awarded the European Heritage Label in 2018. The Leipzig Music Trail, an approximately five-kilometer walk in the center of Leipzig with 23 stations, connects the music heritage sites. Leipzig is a city of education with a long-established university, numerous colleges, and diverse libraries.

The IAML Congress’s main venue is the University of Music and Theatre "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig (HMT), the oldest music school in Germany. The main building of the HMT is centrally located in the so-called music district, close to other colleges and cultural institutions. HMT Leipzig celebrates its 175th anniversary this year. From its founding in 1843, it was an educational institution with international appeal and exemplary effect. The library of the HMT is one of the most innovative and powerful music academy libraries in Germany. In 2017 it was awarded the Saxon Library Prize for its consistent service orientation and creative spirit.

Knowledge transfer across geographical and institutional boundaries is now a requirement for creating and strengthening scientific infrastructure, and the fruitful cooperation within the Saxon library system is the basis for the organization of the Congress. All events are jointly organized by the HMT Library, the Music Department of the Saxon State Library - State and University Library Dresden and other musicological and library facilities such as the University Library Leipzig, the Bach Archive Leipzig, the City Library Leipzig and the German National Library’s German Music Archive. Last but not least, the program will focus on the performance and successes of the Saxon library system, the diversity of the Saxon musical tradition and the richness of the source material preserved here.

An ambitious cultural program with concerts at the HMT Leipzig, at the Leipzig Public Library and the Paulinum Leipzig, accompanies the Congress. The concert "Dresdner Höfische Musik um 1720", sponsored by my ministry, on July 26th at the Paulinum promises to be a musical highlight.

My special thanks go to the organizing team of the Congress. I wish the Congress a smooth week, a pleasant stay in Leipzig for all participants and a stimulating exchange.

Dr. Eva-Maria Stange

State Minister for Higher Education, Research and the Arts

Burkhard Jung

Oberbürgermeister Burkhard Jung. Foto: Stadt Leipzig

Mayor of the City of Leipzig

Your congress is being held in one of Germany's most beautiful cities. It is a citywith a great past and a vibrant present! The city of Leipzig has the second oldestGerman university and was the first city in in the world to have a daily newspaper.It was the site of the Battle of the Nations in 1813, and has held an internationaltrade fair since the middle ages. The General German Women's Association, theGerman Football Association, and the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandelswere founded in Leipzig.

Leipzig is the home of the Gewandhaus Orchestra, which is one of the world'soldest, and today one of the best, orchestras. They rehearse, live and performhere, and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, its former conductor, established Leipzig'sreputation as a city of music. Thanks to him Johann Sebastian Bach, one ofthe cantors of St. Thomas Church, is famous today all over the world. The choir at St. Thomas Church, the Thomanerchor, is the oldest Leipzig cultural institution.

Leipzig is the home of the oldest German music conservatoire, now called theUniversity of Music and Theatre, and the Library there was recently awarded the Saxon Library Prize. TheGerman Music Archive of the German National Library is situated in Leipzig, as is the German Library forthe Blind, which offers a unique music service for the visually impaired in Germany. The Leipzig Museum of City History collections include such items as a lock of Richard Wagner's hair, a receipt signed by Bach, anda conductor's desk, which was used by both Mozart and Mendelssohn.

But traditions alone have little value in themselves; they have to be perpetuated by each generation to stayalive. Our public mission is to preserve, nurture, and promote all of the institutions and events committedto the magic of music. Events such as the Leipzig Bach Festival and the Gewandhaus Mendelssohn Festivalserve this purpose, as well as the digitization of the collections of the Carl Ferdinand Becker Library in ourpublic music library.

We have a high proportion of libraries, archives, museums, and collections for a city of this size, and thisensures the highest quality of education and research. Whether it is the Library of the University of Musicand Theatre, the Museum of Musical Instruments, the University Library or the Music Library of our publiclibrary system, the Leipzig Bach Archive, the University Archive or the City Archive, all of these togethermake Leipzig one of the most exciting cultural centres of Germany today. You will learn more about ourcity during the Congress. I am sure that Leipzig will inspire you! I wish you an enjoyable and successful stayin Leipzig.

Burkhard Jung

Mayor of the City of leipzig