The Geneva Legacy of Constantin Brăiloiu

Aubert, Laurent (Articol)

“In 1944, Constantin Brăiloiu was appointed by Eugene Pittard, Director of the Ethnographic Museum in Geneva, in order to establish the International Archives of Folk Music (AIMP – Archives internationales de musique populaire). The intention was to gather folk and traditional music from all over the world, including Brăiloiu’s own recordings made in Romania. From 1951 until his death in 1958, Brăiloiu also published the World Collection of Recorded Folk Music, a series of forty 78rpm records, which was the first folk music collection of this type ever published under the auspices of UNESCO. AIMP stopped all kinds of activities for about 25 years after Brăiloiu’s death. However, since 1983, a new team has been working on enlarging their archives and publications, including the contributions of many leading ethnomusicologists. Apart from this activity, a process of digitalization and electronic catalogue of all the archives was also set up in 2005. As the field of the discipline has changed under the influence of modernity and globalization, the question of what to include and what to leave aside is today crucial as far as the purpose of ethnomusicological research, archives and publications is concerned.”

Revista de etnografie și folclor / Journal of Ethnography and Folklore

2009, nr. 1-2