The New York Philharmonic’s Leon Levy Digital Archives has an online exhibit space on Google Arts & Culture, which continuously presents materials from its digital archives, highlighting special moments in time that shaped the orchestra as well as musical scores, photos, program notes and historical facts.
To commemorate the longstanding ties between the New York Philharmonic and Amsterdam, a special exhibit has been published online named “New York To Amsterdam“, which provides unique and historical information starting with the tenure of conductor Willem Mengelberg up to the appointment of Jaap van Zweden as Music Director.
The unique bond with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and encounters in Amsterdam and New York has been highlighted through photos and historical data. Last but not least, the influence of Dutch contemporary composer Louis Andriessen on new music repertory also takes a prominent place in the exhibit.
Late last year, the Philharmonic also published a radio broadcast featuring music by Johan Wagenaar, conducted by Van Zweden. Follow this link to enjoy this broadcast on SoundCloud.
The New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives was launched in February 2011, and currently comprises more than four million pages, including printed programs, marked conducting scores, business documents, and photographs. Growing continually, the scope of the online collection is every document in the New York Philharmonic Archives from 1842 through 1970. This includes correspondence, marked scores and parts, contracts, and minutes from meetings of the Board of Directors — as well as all public documents from 1970 through today.
All documents and the photographs themselves have been photographed — not scanned — by Ardon Bar Hama and his team using innovative and advanced techniques to achieve the highest quality. The images are managed in a Hadoop-based system configured by a team of developers at Technology Services Group (TSG) in coordination with the Philharmonic’s Digital Archives team.
The New York Philharmonic Archives, the oldest and most comprehensive collection of any symphony orchestra, contains approximately six million pages that date back to its founding in 1842, with holdings that include correspondence, business records, orchestral scores and parts, photographs, concert programs, and newspaper clippings, as well as concert and broadcast recordings dating from the 1920s.