We are proud to announce that the Review Section of the Bach Bibliography has resumed activity after a period of dormancy. The section has undergone a substantial makeover, with new features including a fresh, crisp design and reviews accessible in PDF format. The latest review – Exploring Bach's B-minor Mass, edited by Yo Tomita, Robin A. Leaver and Jan Smaczny (Cambridge University Press, 2013) – can be found here.The number of records has reached 56,787.
In the last two months the database has been proofread by Mr Nobuaki Ebata, and thanks to his help, errors in more than 1000 records have been identified and removed.
Thanks to the staff at the libraries of the Bach-Archiv Leipzig and the Musikbibliothek der Stadt Leipzig earlier this month, I was able to collect ca. 150 new records.
The number of records reached: 26566
Some minor modifications were made to the scripts to display the information on the volume / number / year of series publications more consistently.
The search limit options have also been revised. This time, users can select "added" or "modified" records in the recent past.
The number of records reached: 26275
Major modifications are made to both the database and scripts in the past few days:
- One new field was added to the database so that 'month' information can be displayed more properly in the initial search results screen (i.e. now shown within the round brackets).
- Two further limit options have been added to the Simple Search, viz. language and item type. The behaviour of the existing filter (i.e. added / modified records) was changed to 'added' records only (due to the fact that all records were modified in the last week with the work mentioned under 1).
- Several minor bugs in the search & display scripts have been corrected.
- Music index entries for 'chorale preludes for organ' and 'canonic variations' were revised, and Comprehensive Search can now produce better results.
- The database now contains the advertisements of the works of Bach family appeared in the Musikalisch-literarischer Monatsbericht neuer Musikalien, musikalischer Schriften und Abbildungen (1829-1900), a very useful publication which helps us to establish the publication dates of 19th-century editions.
The number of records reached: 26208
It has been agreed that the operation of the Bach Bibliography is to be moved to Leipzig later this year. While the review section remain in Belfast (under the new editorship of Tanja Kovačević), the main database will be primarily maintained by the expert team of the Bach-Archiv. A number of new features are currently considered to be implemented, such as the following:
- An international team of advisors will be set up for more effective data collection from various parts of the world
- Unicode will be used for displaying multi-lingual characters
- Dynamic link to the Bach-Archiv's library collection
The actual work of the transfer will commence in summer 2008, with the aim to begin its operation from Leipzig from the beginning of 2009.
The number of records reached: 24720
A Happy Bach's 322nd birthday! The recent additions to the database include:
- Recently completed PhD/DMA/MA/MMus dissertations using UMI database;
- Conference papers read at American Musicological Society, as reported in their Newsletters from 1984 to the present. (The earlier papers are yet to be added in the near future.)
- Articles listed in the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin's online publication list
In addition, I also sourced many other records from usual places such as Bach-Archiv's Libero catalogue, RILM, publishers/booksellers' catalogues and websites, as well as the actual volumes of journals and books recently acquired.
The number of records reached: 24010
A major revision of database is carried out in the last two weeks:
- ca. 40 records were corrected and 360 new records were added, thanks to the most generous assistance of Marion Söhnel of the Bach-Archiv who compiled the "Das Bach-Schrifttum 1996 bis 2000" for the Bach-Jahrbuch 91 (2005).
- 132 new records were added by using the Bach-Archiv's Libero catalogue, primarily supplementing the missing records, focusing particularly on the following series: Triangel, LeipzigerBl, Bach Wochen in Ansbach, Thüringen, and Wiesbaden.
- 56 new records about the debate and reports on the procedure of restoring Bach's autograph manuscript in Berlin by splitting the paper, which were taken from the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin's website.
- Systematic revision of series: Bach Magazin, Bachfest Leipzig.
In addition, there were also more than 500 new records gathered from various sources. This includes conference in Leipzig, Dortmund; series Understanding Bach i, Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art. Annual Bulletin, Leipziger Beiträge zur Bach-Forschung viii, Edition Bach-Archiv Leipzig iii+iv.
The number of records reached: 23235
The New Year weekend was spent on the following improvements:
- changing database structure to accommodate the language information of more than one country. Accordingly, the search scripts were modified to display multiple languages used in the publication
- revised the entries of the facsimile editions of Bach's works using NBA IX/2 and OMI website. Over 40 entries were added, as the entries of the former East German editions (FaksRBachWS) and the West (DocumentaMcol) were split into separate entries. For this work I am indebted to Nobuaki Ebata who supplied me with numerous corrections and additions.
- Review entries of MLetters were systematically reviewed.
The number of records reached: 22082
The Christmas weekend was spent on the updating on the following aspects:
- Search scripts (from both Simple and Complex searches) are revised to generate the list with the language information (using a flag icon).
- About 200 records of recent publication were added by using the Bach-Archiv's Libero catalogue.
The number of records reached: 22040
While no major revision was made to the functionality of the system since last major update, a number of minor improvements were made in the following areas:
- Systematic examination of selected periodicals, viz. JbStaatInstMf, Notes (1st series), RevueMcol, SambdIMg and ZsIMg
- A large number of entries with "query" flag has been re-examined, and subsequently corrected.
The number of records reached: 21849
For the series short-listed for "Essential Collections", I have been reviewing the all the entries so that the entries are listed in the order that appears in the volume.
The number of records reached: 21419
Search scripts have been under review in the last few days, and the revised scripts are now mounted at BW server for further tests. Main changes are:
- You can now choose the mode of displaying the search results either alphabetically (1.author, 2.title) or chronologically (1.year, 2. page numbers). Please note that the page number sort is not always accurate, as the numbers are treated as text: e.g. "5" will come after "10".
- From "Simple Search", you have an option to display the bibliographical information as well as review entries.
- From "State of Research into Periodicals", further search on either main or review entries will list the output in chronological order.
- New sleek looks! Click the Bach monogram icon on the top to close or go back to the previous stages of operation.
My last two weeks were spent on updating the databases, for which I concentrated on the expansion of records to include the references published between 1960 and 1990 that discuss the life and works of Bach family musicians and their legacy.
The work on the periodical database will have to be continued for some time to complete the overhaul of information structure.
The number of records now reached: 21147
The search results (bach1.pl) now display the volume of series in Roman numerals (instead of Arabic). All the double-quote characters are converted to single-quote to avoid occasional erratic responses from the search scripts.
In the last months, numerous errors have been corrected thanks to the help of Marion Söhnel of Bach-Archiv Leipzig.
The number of records now reached: 20367
I decided to include the non-refereed articles posted on the internet if (1) they are judged to be of sufficient scholarly merit, and (2) their host websites offer stable URL (otherwise alternative arrangements will have to be made, e.g. having a copy at my site).
The number of records now reached: 19917.
Last week, I examined Die Musik (1927-1932) in Stadtbibliothek Leipzig, and added 12 new records, and amended 10 records. A number of newly-published books were also added in the last two months.
The number of records now reached: 19777.
The records of those published between 1992 and 2003 have been compared systematically against the RILM database.
Since the summer of 2003, I widened the scope of the database, now accommodating the literature discussing the life and works of Bach families, which is a major policy change.
The number of records now reached: 19662.
You can now submit correction to the database (via Record Form View) by using an online form.
Five search engines have been upgraded with the view to seamlessly integrate two databases (main "bibliography" and "periodical").
The "List of Journals" page is currently undergoing a major overhaul, following the revision made to the structure of the periodical database. While the contents of this database will be enriched in the coming weeks, the following features have been implemented:
- the alphabetical list of journals / series is now generated from the database directly, reflecting the latest information therein.
- you can now search the periodical database with keywords (for this new script "bach5" was written).
- the journals / series now displays the name of contributors: please contact me if you would like to become the contributor of specific series.
- the record containing potentially inaccurate information are highlighted with "query" icon. If you can help with rectifying the errors, please let me know.
The number of records now reached: 19171.
Cosmetic improvements are made on the interface, including active hyperlinks (done away with underlines), colour schemes, numerical list (instead of bullets).
The number of records now reached: 19135.
About 130 new items about the books published in Japanese language between 1984 and 2003 were added to the database.
The number of records now reached: 19018.
Click here to view the details of major updates between 1999 and 2002.