[Humanist] 27.545 new on WWW: Fleischmann Diaries

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Thu Nov 21 07:29:10 CET 2013

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 545.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 09:07:26 +0000
        From: "Roisin O'Brien" <roisinaobrien at gmail.com>
        Subject: The Fleischmann Diaries Online Archive

*The Launch of The Fleischmann Diaries Online Archive:
fleischmanndiaries.ucc.ie  http://fleischmanndiaries.ucc.ie *

The digitised 1926 and 1927 diaries of the Irish composer, Aloys
Fleischmann (1910 – 1992) will be launched at 5pm today, Wednesday, 20th
November 2013 in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences,
University College Cork (UCC), Ireland. A live stream will be broadcast at
http://bit.ly/1btSi7b. The project will be launched by Róisín
O’Brien http://ie.linkedin.com/in/roisinaobrien on behalf of the
Digital Arts and Humanities Program, with Dr Ruth
Fleischmann as the guest of honour. The Program will be outlined, the
digitisation process explained and the diaries, part of the extensive
Fleischmann Collection housed in the Archives at UCC, introduced.

Aloys Fleischmann (1910-1992) was born into a family of immigrant German
musicians resident in Cork since 1879. His maternal grandfather, Hans
Conrad Swertz, had come from the Bavarian town of Dachau to take up a post
as organist and choirmaster. The second of his nine children, Tilly, born
in Cork in 1882, studied in Munich at the Royal Academy of Music from
1901-1905; she married the Dachau organist and composer Aloys Fleischmann,
who came to Cork with her the following year to take over her father’s
position at the cathedral.

Their son Aloys was to become a composer, musicologist, scholar of
traditional Irish music, professor of music at University College Cork
1934-1980, founder and conductor of the Cork Symphony Orchestra 1934-1992,
founder of the Cork Orchestral Society in 1938, of the Cork International
Choral Festival and its director for 20 years, provider of music for the
Cork Ballet Company for 45 years, chairman of the Cork Sculpture Park for
24 years, and a life-long campaigner to bring classical music into the
schools and lives of Irish people.

The sources of this commitment to the cause of the arts in Ireland can be
traced in the diaries written by the boy during his last two years at
school. About 200 photographs selected from Tilly Fleischmann’s albums
illustrate the diaries.

The public is invited to visit the website; high-resolution images of the
diaries and accompanying illustrations can be downloaded.

The digitisation of the diaries was undertaken by Róisín O’Brien as a
thesis project for the Masters Degree in Digital Arts and Humanities at
UCC. It was carried out with the collaboration of the Fleischmann family
and guidance of a number of international practitioners. In addition to the
digital preservation of fragile artefacts through photography and online
publication, the aim of the project was to create a freely available
digitisation prototype for scholars and non-experts, providing them with a
reproducible model. A dissertation, “Digitising the Diaries of Aloys
Fleischmann: a prototype for novices”, which documents the technical
process and establishes a theoretical basis for the project, will be
distributed as an Open Access publication at the Cork Open Research
Archive http://cora.ucc.ie/ in 2013.

*To view the Fleischmann Diaries Online Archive, please visit:*
*For further information about the thesis project, please contact:* Róisín
O’Brien roisinaobrien at gmail.com

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