Moravian Music Brought to Light
To help us share with the world, we are connecting to WorldCat (the world's largest library catalog) and RISM (the International Inventory of Musical Sources). GemeinKat is our project to publish the MMF catalog of 10,000+ holdings for search and research by the Moravian and non-Moravian music world. This requires scanning of the card catalog by contracted digital and human resources and fine tuning of data. MMF is then customizing the data in 1000's of records and entering 1000's of musical incipits (examples) with both digital and human resources, in house. These resources are expensive.
Having already gone live with over 40,000 records, so far, we are only about half way, and it will take another $300,000 to complete the project.
No examination of the music of early America can be complete without taking the Moravians into account.
The Moravians could be deemed the most advanced musical society in the colonies; with many firsts. First American organ builder was a Moravian; First chamber music written by an American, John Antes; First string works in formal sonata form to have been composed in America, J. F. Peter; First American performance of Haydn's CREATION, 1811. All this, and so much more, from the oldest protestant denomination.
The Moravians in America have fostered musical activities of high quality and rich diversity, both instrumental and vocal, both in worship and in recreational pursuits, for hundreds of years.
Bethlehem Congregation Collection records (2375)
Dover Congregation Collection records (153)
Herbst Collection records (1710)
Lititz Congregation Collection records (1515)
Salem Congregation Collection records (1636)