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IAML-IMS Congress 2015 New York




Richard S. Hill Award
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Richard HillAn annual award for the best article on music librarianship or article of a music-bibliographic nature.

Richard S. Hill (1901–1961), after attending Phillips Exeter Academy, matriculated at Cornell University, earning his undergraduate degree in 1924. In 1929, he returned to Cornell to begin graduate work, originally in psychology. However, when Otto Kinkeldey arrived at Cornell in 1930 to become the first American chair in musicology, Hill’s interests soon shifted to music.

In 1939, Hill was called to the Library of Congress to be a member of the reference staff in the Music Division, and later became head of that unit. His knowledge of music bibliography made him the ideal person for this position. Paul Henry Lang, writing in the February 19, 1961, issue of the New York Herald Tribune stated: "There is scarcely a cultivated musician or scholar in this country who directly or indirectly did not receive valuable guidance or information from Mr. Hill."

In 1943, Hill became editor of Notes. Under his editorship (1943–1960), the journal grew from a mimeographed publication to a professionally-printed journal, broadened in scope, and which was to become one of the most important of all journals in the field of music. No record of his services to music bibliography can fail to mention another large-scale enterprise which was his own unique conception: the quarterly "Index of Record Reviews," where his editor duties often merged into collaboration with Kurtz Myers. Hill was elected the first president of the International Association of Music Libraries (IAML) in 1951, a post he held until 1955, and was one of the founding figures of RISM (Répertoire international de sources musicales).

Hill had a unique concept of music librarianship, far more comprehensive than the view of those who regard the librarian as the custodian of a collection, as a technician, as an administrator, or as an archivist. All such activities play their part, but the whole as he saw it was something infinitely more rich, more complex and creative.

Hill produced numerous publications that were substantial contributions to the fields of music and of scholarship. The high standards which he applied to studies and compilations of American music were likewise maintained for works in music bibliography and lexicography. As a reference librarian he knew the value of adequate tools and with this in mind he gave his personal scrutiny to numerous dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, yearbooks, "treasuries," and other storehouses of musical facts.

Vincent Duckles perfectly summed up Hill’s impact on the field: "He was one of the great generating personalities in the field of musical scholarship and librarianship...” (Notes 18, no. 2 [March 1961]: 196).


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Past recipients



 2014Christopher Reynolds, "Documenting the Zenith of Women Song Composers: A Database of Songs Published in the United States and the British Commonwealth, ca. 1890-1930," Notes 69: 4 (2013), 671-687.
2013James L. Zychowicz, "Gustav Mahler's Second Century: Achievements in Scholarship and Challenges for Research," Notes, 67:3 (2011), 457-482.
2012Kate van Orden and Alfredo Vitolo, "Padre Martini, Gaetano Gaspari and the 'Pagliarini Collection': A Renaissance Music Library Rediscovered," Early Music History, 29 (2010), 241-324.
2011Tim Brooks, "Copyright and historical sound recordings: Recent efforts to change U.S. law." Notes, 65:3 (2009), 464-474.
2010Rupert Ridgewell. "Artaria Plate Numbers and the Publication Process,1778-87." In Music and the Book Trade: From the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Century. New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2008.
2009Edward Komara, "Culture Wars, Canonicity, and A Basic Music Library." Notes 64:2 (December 2007), 232–247.
2008James Deaville, "Publishing Paraphrases and Creating Collectors: Friedrich Hofmeister, Franz Liszt, and the Technology of Popularity," in Franz Liszt and His World, ed. Christopher H. Gibbs and Dana Gooley. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006, 255–288.
2007Jeremy L. Smith, "A Newly Discovered Edition of William Byrd’s Psalmes, Sonets & Songs: Provenance and Significance,” Notes 62, no. 2 (December 2005): 273–98.
2006Kiri Miller, "First Sing the Notes': Oral and Written Traditions in Sacred Harp Transmission," American Music 22 (Winter 2004): 475–501.
2005Leslie Troutman, "Comprehensiveness of Indexing in Three Music Periodical Index Databases" Music Reference Services Quarterly 8:1 (2001), 39–51.
2004No award given
2003Teresa M. Gialdroni and Agostino Ziino, "New Light on Ottaviano Petrucci's Activity, 1520–38: An Unknown Print of the Motteti dal fiore." Early Music 29 (November 2001): 500–532.
2002A. Ralph Papakhian , "Cataloging" in "Music Librarianship at the Turn of the Century," Notes 56:3 (2000): 581–590.
2001Jeremy Smith, "From 'Rights to Copy' to 'Bibliographic Ego': A New Look at the Early Edition of Byrd's 'Psalmes, Sonets & Songs'," Music & Letters 80:4 (1999): 511–530.
2000David H. Thomas and Richard P. Smiraglia, "Beyond the Score," Notes 54 (1998): 649–666.
1999Laurent Guillo, "Les Caractère de musique utilisés des origines à environ 1650 dans les anciens Pays-Bas," Yearbook of the Alamire Foundation 2 (1997): 183–235.
1998Ira Brilliant and Patricia Elliott, "A Ten-Year Review of the Beethoven Auction Market (1985–1995)," The Beethoven Journal 11, no. 1 (1996): 26–31.
1997Michael Burden, "The Independent Masque 1700–1800: A Catalogue," Research Chronicle 28 (1995): 59–159.
1996Barry Kernfeld and Howard Rye, "Comprehensive Discographies of Jazz, Blues, and Gospel," Notes 51 (1994–95): 501–47; 865–91.
1995John Milsom, "The Nonsuch Music Library," in Sundry Sorts of Music Books: Essays on the British Library Collections, ed. Chris Banks, Arthur Searle, and Malcolm Turner (London: The British Library, 1993), 146–82.
1994Danette Cook Adamson and Mimi Tashiro, "Servants, Scholars, and Sleuths: Early Leaders in California Music Librarianship," Notes 48 (March 1992): 806–35.
1993John Graziano, "Music in William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal," Notes 48 (December 1991): 383–424.
1992Jean K. Wolf and Eugene K. Wolf, "Rastrology and Its Use in Eighteenth-Century Manuscript Studies," in Studies in Musical Sources and Style: Essays in Honor of Jan LaRue, 237–291. Ed. Eugene K. Wolf and Edward H. Roesner (Madison, Wis.: A-R Editions, 1990)
1991Gillian B. Anderson, "Putting the Experience of the World at the Nation's Command: Music at the Library of Congress, 1800–1917." Journal of the American Musicological Society 42 (Spring 1989): 108–49.
1990John Beckwith, "Tunebooks and Hymnals in Canada, 1801–1939," American Music 6 (Summer 1988): 193–234.
1989Carl D. Schmidt, "Newly Identified Manuscript Sources of the Music of Jean-Baptiste Lully," Notes 44 (September 1987): 7–32.
1988Carol June Bradley, "Notes of Some Pioneers: America's First Music Librarians," Notes 43 (December 1986): 272–91.
1987Austin Clarkson, "The Works of Stefan Wolpe: A Brief Catalogue," Notes 41 (June 1985): 667–82.
1986Sabina Teller Ratner, "A Cache of Saint-Sans Autographs," Notes 40 (March 1984): 487–502.
1985Jeffrey Kallberg, "Chopin in the Marketplace," Notes 39 (1982–83): 535–69; 795–824.
1984James Bradford Young, "An Account of Printed Music ca. 1724," Fontes Artis Musicae 29 (July–September 1982): 129–36.
1983Richard P. Smiraglia and Arsen R. Papakhian, "Music in the OCLC Online Union Catalog: A Review," Notes 38 (December 1981): 257–74.
1982Ralph P. Locke and Jurgen Thym, "New Schumann Materials in Upstate New York: A First Report on the Dickinson Collection, with Catalogues of its Manuscript Holdings," Fontes Artis Musicae 27 (July–December 1980): 137–61.
1981Martin Marks, "Film Music: The Material, Literature, and Present State of Research," Notes 36 (December 1979): 282–325.
1980Michael D. Williams, Source: Music of the Avant Garde: Annotated List of Contents and Cumulated Indices (Ann Arbor, Mich.: Music Library Association, 1978)
1979No award given
1978Richard D. Claypool, "Archival Collections of the Moravian Music Foundation and Some Notes on the Philharmonic Society of Bethlehem," Fontes Artis Musicae 23 (October–December 1976): 177–90.