Thank you for posting Ward's comments. I agree completely with Ward. Yet, I
recognize the economic realities that continue to make the physical object
go the way of the dinosaur.
As for libraries, I am reminded of the situation that occurred with the
collection of the late Miklos Pogonyi. Miklos had a substantial collection
of broadcast performances of 20th Century concert music. He made many in
house recordings of works not available commercially. Over the years he
contacted many composers and acquired many live recordings of their music.
For several years before his death, Miklos tried to find an institution
that would be interested in his collection. Only, at the last, did the
internet archive accept his collection. I hope that they will be interested
in my collection as well.
While I won't rehash my many years of comments regarding the state of
libraries and librarians, it seems to me that the situation is definitely
On Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 7:06 AM, Steve Ramm <
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> I just received the e-newsletter from Marston Records and it included the
> paragraph below. I find this disheartening. Though I have just a cursory
> interest in classical and opera, Marston has always released quality
> And I know that there is a market for their music - and those buyers do
> not do "downloads".
> Steve Ramm
> WILL CDs BE A THING OF THE PAST?
> As time moves on, so does the manner in which we receive our music. CDs
> will probably become a thing of the past. Marston, according to some, is
> dinosaur, not noticing the changes that are happening around it. However,
> view ourselves as a company that has learned from the past: Only when
> objects are able to be saved by those who love and collect them in a
> way, is there a chance of preservation. With rare exception, it is not
> manufacturers, educational institutions, or even historical repositories
> have the world's rarest musical collections. It is individuals who care
> collect, that supply us with our musical past. We expect you are holding
> onto a rare and desired collection of Marston CDs at this moment.