The School of Music at Cardiff University has excellent study facilities. In November 2005, for example, the School opened a new study suite for postgraduates - and its Music Library holdings include a substantial and expanding collection of Central European musical materials in addition to those housed within CEMRC.
CEMRC Study Room
2.01, 33-35 Corbett Road, next to Main Music Building
This has computer, scanning, hi-fi and telecommunications equipment for the use of staff, students and visiting academics. It also holds a range of microfilm and hard-copy documentation, much in English translation, as well as books, scores, language dictionaries and other research materials. Photocopying facilities are close at hand.
The staff rooms of the principal members of CEMRC are also housed in the same building, enabling easy and productive contact for CEMRC research and events.
CEMRC Study Resources
Polish Materials (general)
Students and visiting researchers have access to:
- over 8000 recordings in a variety of formats (LP, cassette, CD, minidisc, video and DVD)
- over 25 post-war feature films with soundtracks by Polish composers
- over 2500 scores, from medieval to contemporary music
- over 2000 books and journals on music, including bibliographies, composer studies and general histories ethnomusicological collections (including over 60 volumes of Oskar Kolberg's 19th-century collections) festival programme books
- some 1000 books on Polish and Central European history and culture, alongside volumes of poetry, drama, visual arts, poster art, architecture, film and places
Polish Materials (socialist realism)
There is an extensive Polish archive (originals, facsimiles and photocopies) resulting from the CEMRC AHRB-funded project The Dark Decade: The Struggle for Music in Poland, 1945-55. It includes:
- online translations and research papers
- articles from music periodicals
- articles from newspapers and non-music periodicals
- original concert programmes and a database of concert repertoire in Warsaw and Kraków
- correspondence to/from composers, musicologists, politicians and publishers
- documentation from national paper, film, and recorded archives
minutes and memoranda from the Polish Composers' Union
published and transcribed musical materials, including over a hundred mass songs
- still photography and video footage of architectural, historical and musical material