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Dutch Song Database


Complete Recordings Camerata Trajectina made available via Dutch Song Database

The Dutch Song Database is closely linked with the Utrecht early music ensemble Camerata Trajectina (1974), specialized in early Dutch song repertoire. In 2014 Camerata Trajectina celebrated its 40th anniversary with a sparkling jubilee concert on 30 November in the Geertekerk, Utrecht. During the concert, the jubileebook Van Peeckelharing tot Pierlala (From Pickelherring to Pierlala) was presented by author Jolande van der Klis to the founders of the group. During the concert Martine de Bruin launched the ensemble's Complete Recordings made available via the Dutch Song Database, linked with the original sources of the lyrics and the music. This is the result of the NWO-KIEM project "Camerata Trajectina in the Dutch Song Database". One can also listen to music of Camerata's sold-out albums, and in many cases even buy or download them.
In total about 1,000 songs and pieces have become available from 50 audio-CD's, LP's, radio-recordings, etc. See also www.camerata-trajectina.nl.

Dutch Data Prize Humanities & Social Sciences 2014 for Dutch Song Database

On 24 November 2014 the Dutch Data Prize of the Humanities & Social Sciences was granted to the Dutch Song Database. The biennial Prize (EUR 7,500 to make the dataset (more) accessible) is an initiative of Research Data Netherlands. The jury was unanimous in its praise for the Dutch Song Database. Chairman professor Kees Aarts especially commended the versatile use of this database. “The database is already being used by many scholars in the digital humanities for literary, musical, religious, historical and ethnological research. Journalists, musicians and high school students also use the database a lot. This well-structured database is therefore a great asset for Dutch academic and cultural heritage.”

Presentation Dutch Songs On Line (19 July 2014)

On 19 July 2014 the results of the project Dutch Songs On Line became available: 53,351 full song texts were made accessible online via the DBNL (Digital Library of Dutch Literature) and the Dutch Song Database. On the latter site the symbol dbnl-logo represents a link to the DBNL that yields a transcription of the song text, or its source. On the song pages of the DBNL site, a link to the Database of Dutch Songs ("Nederlandse Liederenbank") appears in the right upper corner. On top of that, 900 song books have become available in scanned format.
The festive presentation took place in the Lutherse Kerk in Utrecht, with a speech by Prof. dr Frits van Oostrom and a short performance by Camerata Trajectina, featuring the Literary Canon of Dutch Songs.

The project was made possible by a grant of NWO Medium Investments.

Congress De zingende Nederlanden: The Singing Netherlands

Congress De zingende Nederlanden: The Singing Netherlands - Emotion, Identity, and Topicality in early modern Dutch song culture. The Hague, National Library, 24 August 2013. For more information, please switch to the Dutch version.

Dutch Songs on Line prolonged

The project Dutch Songs on Line has been prolonged by one year until 1 May 2014.  So far, many sources have come available in a full text version or in scans, whether via DBNL, Google Books or library websites. Links can be found in our source descriptions. Links can be found in our source descriptions.  During the last year we will connect the individual texts to the Dutch Song Database and make them full text searchable in a new interface.

Dissertation Jos Houtsma

On 18 December 2012 Jos Houtsma defends his dissertation De stem en de pen (The Voice and the Pen) about variation in popular songs in MS Weimar Oct. 146 and later sources, at Radboud University Nijmegen. This manuscript is also known as the "Zutphen Songbook".

Collection of Field Recordings by Pol Heyns Online

On 16 November 2012 a collection of 500 field recordings made by Pol Heyns for the Flemish Broadcasting Company became available online in the Dutch Song Database. During a conference on folksongs as musical heritage, organized in Brussels by Resonant, the well-known Flemish folksong expert Wim Bosmans opened the site as part of a presentation by Martine de Bruin and Louis Grijp.
In 1935-1939 the radio reporter Pol Heyns recorded songs from old Flemish singers, such as Louis van Mensel, a farmer from Herentals,  
and fiddler Louis Doms from Achtel. These songs are the earliest recorded in Dutch. They make a splendid addition to the field  
recordings made by Ate Doornbosch for his famous radio program Under the green linden.

Conference “Identities, Intertextuality, and Performance of Song Culture, 1500-1800”

21 scholars from Europe and the USA discussed many aspects of early modern song culture during a conference from 17-19 October 2012 in the Goethe Institute in Amsterdam. During this most lively conference a volume in the series Intersections. Interdisciplinary Studies in Early Modern Culture (Brill) was prepared. The conference was part of the project Dutch Songs On Line, in which the Meertens Institute, Utrecht University and the Digital Libray for Dutch Literature DBNL are adding 100,000 song texts to the Dutch Song Database.

Dutch Songs On Line: funds for 100.000 full songtexts

In May 2009, a follow-up project for The Dutch Song Database started, entitled Dutch songs on Line. This project in funded by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The work done by the Dutch Song Database and the Digitale Bibliotheek voor de Nederlandse Letteren (DBNL, Digital Library for Dutch Literature) will be combined and significantly expanded into a comprehensive new database by adding a new, large data set with full transcriptions of lyrics, links to scans of the sources and contextual information.