REFERENCE, Le fonds Brailoiu

Dear all,

Listening to my favourite radio program MUSICAS DE TRADICION ORAL (ORAL TRADITION MUSIC), I’ve discovered the greatest treasure possible!, an extremely well organized database ( including pod-cast) of traditional music of all over the world. The database contains contributions of dozens of researchers, but the most important ones are:

1- Constantine Brailoiu (Romany, 1928 à 1943).
2- Gilbert Rouget and Alain Didier (Congo).
3- Marguerite Lobsiger-Dellenbach (Népal, 1952).
4- Lydia Cabrera (Cuba, 1957)
5- Alan Lomax (Folk Music of the United States »,1934-1944)

let’s discover our origins!

Constantin Brăiloiu (August 13, 1893 – December 20, 1958) was a Romanian composer and internationally known ethnomusicologist.

He was born in Bucharest. He studied in Bucharest (1901–1907), Vienna (1907–1909), Vevey and Lausanne (1909–1912) as well as Paris (1912–1914). In 1920 he founded the Societatea Compozitorilor Român (SCR, Society of Romanian Composers) along with other composers, and he served as general secretary of the organization between 1926 and 1943.

In 1928 he initiated the composer’s collective Arhiva de folklore (folklore archive), which soon became one of the largest folk music archives of its time. From 1928 he and sociology professor Dimitrie Gusti visited the various regions of Romania in order to make sound recordings. In 1931 he published the article “Schiţa a unei Metode de folklore Muzical” (Sketch of a method for music folklore), which became one of the foundational texts for ethnomusicology.

In 1943 he became cultural consultant for the Romanian embassy in Bern. Due to the political incidents in his homeland he stayed from then on in Switzerland. In 1944 he organized another archive in GenevaLes Archives internationales de musique populaire (AIMP), that was part of the Musée d’ethnographie de Genève (Geneva Museum of Ethnography). He served as director for the AIMP from 1944 until his death in 1958, and collected musical recordings from all over the world. In particular, between 1951 and 1958 he released 40 volumes in the series Collection universelle de musique populaire enregistrée (Universal collection of recorded popular music) on 78 rpm records. In 1948 he became assistant professor (maître de conférence) at the CNRS in Paris.


This time the Archive has been created by Alan Lomax.

This archive contains:

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