Lilit Harutyunyan is a musicologist-medi¬evalist, researcher at the Komitas Mu¬seum-Institute and at the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan, Head of the Bibliography, Recording and Digitization Department at the Music Library. L. Harutyunyan received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the Department of Musicology of the Komitas State Con¬servatory. In 2018, she defended her PhD thesis on the Eight-Mode System in the Mekhitarist Chant of Armenian Sacred Music at the Institute of Arts of the National Acad¬emy of Sciences of RA. In 2019, she carried a DAAD research program in Saxon Archives in Leipzig (Germany). In 2019, she was elected as member of the Standing Committee in IFLA. L. Harutyunyan’s re-search focuses on the study of Armenian folk and spiritual music.
THE ARCHIVE OF BREITKOPF & HÄRTEL PUBLISHING HOUSE:
DOCUMENTS FOR KOMITAS-RESEARCH
The Saxon State Archives, which are situated in State Archives Leipzig, contain a large scale archive of the music publisher Breitkopf & Härtel. This includes documents of the International Music Society, as Breitkopf & Härtel temporarily took over the management of the IMS. Letter copy books of 1818-1910, incoming and outgoing letters starting from 1896 and sheet music from the production process are extensively available. Unfortunately, only few traces of the earlier contacts between Komitas Vardapet and the publisher Breitkopf & Härtel have been preserved. Nevertheless, the publisher’s archive material allows drawing some conclusions. This presentation is co-authored by Lilit Harutyunyan and focuses on its content and the current possibilities of usage.