We appeal to all persons who possess source documents related to the work of the composer Richard Strauss (1864–1949), as well as those individuals who have knowledge of the whereabouts of such sources.
Since 1 October 2009, the Richard Strauss Institute in Garmisch-Partenkirchen began work on the Richard-Strauss-Quellenverzeichnis (RSQV). The project is under the financial support of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). Its goal is to develop and document as completely as possible the source documents related to the work of the composer Richard Strauss (1864–1949). By source documents we mean, among other things, autograph musical manuscripts (as well as copies of them), printer and copy-editor proofs, additional letters and postcards from or to Richard Strauss. The collected information will then be published online in a musicological database. This would thus provide our research with a modern, effective tool for conducting a quick and uncomplicated search of the source documents.
In this context, we rely decisively upon your support. Insofar as you are in possession of any Strauss source documents, or have particular information of the whereabouts of such items, we ask that you be in contact with us. Everything that bears Strauss’s handwriting could be of interest to us. As such, we kindly ask if you would be prepared to grant us access to any relevant documents. It is our concern to describe and catalogue the source documents, not, however, to display them in a digital format. The publication of the source-document data does not mean that you are obliged to have your name appear as owner. It is of course your choice to have your anonymity protected.
Through such help, you can bring our research a decisive step forward. A Richard-Strauss-Quellenverzeichnis has long been an urgent need for musicology. Richard Strauss belongs among the most frequently played composers throughout the world. Considering the high ranking of his oeuvre in the concert hall and opera world, it is unfortunate that his music has made such a small impact in the academic realm. It is for this reason that our source-document project has come into existence, whose task it is to make available a universal listing of Strauss source documents. This project will establish a foundation for future generations of researches.
We of course remain available to receive questions of any kind. Our contact address is:
Dr. Claudia Heine
Adrian Kech M.A.