Part of my PhD research (possibly the most enjoyable one) has been listening and cataloging the collection of recordings that belonged to Hugh Davies at the British Library in London. These were kindly donated to the Library's Sound Archive by Davies's widow in 2005 and consist in more than 200 reel to reel tapes that comprise many master tracks of Davies's pieces, along with many recordings of performances of other composers' works . The collection is therefore an essential resource for scholars in new music of the 1960s and 1970s, Hugh Davies' body of work, and also an insight in a composer's taste, and his influences. Of course works by Karlheinz Stockhausen feature prominently (Davies was his assistant from 1964 to 1966), but also many other lesser known figures make an appearance, making listening to these tapes an exciting, stimulating, and rewarding learning experience. It almost makes me wish that the collection were endless! So far I have reached tape number 177, so most of the collection is now available to browse online; by entering "Hugh Davies Collection", or its specific establishment code "C1193" in the Sound Archive Catalogue search engine, it is possible to access all the information I have collected regarding the content of each tape. I feel my work has been very accurate, so I hope that Davies's collection shall be all the more accessible. Follow the link below and tell me what you think!
The Sound Archive Catalogue
|I listen to the Hugh Davies Collection on a Revox B77 HS, a mighty machine!|