The documentation collection consists of a large number of historical concert programmes, cuttings, magazine articles, folders and flyers documenting musical life in the Netherlands.
The collection of some 50.000 concert programmes from the 19th and 20th Centuries is an important aid in gaining an insight in the history of musical performance in the Netherlands. Besides the major orchestras, it includes church, organ, choir and chamber music. The programmes of Diligentia concert hall in The Hague, for instance, have been preserved since 1821.
Newspaper cuttings, magazine articles, iconographic materials, folders en flyers provide information on such diverse artists as Louis Andriessen, Jaap van Zweden, Gerrit Jan van Eijken, the Fodor family, Constantijn Huygens, Klaas de Vries and Matthijs Vermeulen.
Musical life in the Netherlands
Similar materials cast light on other aspects of Dutch music history. The collection is at this moment being reorganized. To visitors are accessible and searchable: orchestras, ensembles, conservatories, agencies, major cities (Amsterdam, Den Haag, Rotterdam, and Utrecht), smaller cities and provinces, festivals and competitions.