The AKM (the copyright protection society ‘Authors, Composers and Music Publishers’) was founded in 1897 and was thus the first representative society for artists. It collected music and documents of composers, lyricists, or publishers it represented by copyright. This has resulted in an extensive archive which contains compositions of the nineteenth and particularly the twentieth centuries with a focus on Austrian music. The most recent pieces illuminate the musical developments in Austria up to c. 1980, making this collection a treasure trove of Austrian (and beyond that, European) music history.
In 2014, the AKM handed over these holdings to the ABPU with the condition that they be catalogued and made accessible in compliance with copyright restrictions.
AKM President, Prof. Robert Opratko at the handover:
"Printed music bears witness to the history of Austrian music. The AKM's sheet music holdings, which date back to the time of its foundation in 1897, should presumably document this history rather completely. We are very pleased to have found a suitable partner in the Anton Bruckner Private University to make the music available for scholarly research and teaching, but also to the interested public."
The collection of approximately 50,000 sheet music editions is currently being processed and can also be searched in the catalogue AnTon:search by using the search filter ‘AKM Notenarchiv’.
A few examples are given to show the diversity of the collection: