As part of the Dutch government’s plans to dismantle the Broadcast Music Centre in Hilversum – plans that also involve the abolition of an orchestra and chorus – one of the biggest sheet music libraries in western Europe is going to disappear.
Unless the MCO library can raise independent funding in the next nine months, the scores will be sold to dealers or turfed out into the street. About 5,000 have been digitized, the rest will be lost. You can read more about it here (in Dutch).
We have reported over and again about the tide of political philistinism that is threatening to inundate a millennium of culture in the Netherlands. There will be no burning of music books in Holland. They will simply vanish beneath a cold sea of indifference unless musicians organise an action plan to save the library and its legacy. Whatever became of the little boy with his finger in the dyke?
photo: Thea Derks interviewing Nicola Benedetti inside the MBO library