Benno Häupl


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Benno Häupl, the dean among the collectors of (early) ethnomusicological sound documents and photographical images, has passed away in Riga, Latvia. The widow wishes that the collection should be left intact and will consider serious offers from institutions that can guarantee a permanent home. There is no detailed inventory.

Parts of the collection of possible interest to readers of oldtimeparty include: The Cajun Music Collection 1925-2012 (from the first 78 to the last vinyl), a unique, 50 years lifetime collection, by far the largest of its kind (400 78s, 1,400 45s, 750 LPs). It comprises more than 99% of all discs ever published of the music of the autochthonous French and Creole speaking settlers in Louisiana, including many “only known copies”, since there was often a total of only 100 copies pressed. This is the only part of the Häupl Collection that includes both shellac and vinyl records.

The Häupl Collection encompasses ethnic, traditional and regional music on commercial 78 rpm discs ranging from early Berliners topost-WW2 regional labels “from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe”, and more study material. It includes, mainly:- 25 Edison cylinders 1892-1902 in original boxes- 9,000 gramophone records (78rpm) from 1898 to 1970, many in their original company sleeves – 2,100 photos 1860-1960 of traditional musicians worldwide, with their instruments – 130 record catalogs, 1910-1960, of 78rpm ethnic series by commercial record companies worldwide –

The Record Collection covers traditional music from all over the world: 1,200 Indian/Pakistani/Ceylanese shellac discs, 900 Turkish, 900 Arabic & Maghrebian, 850 African, 600 Flamenco/Spanish, 500 Appalachian mountain music, 400 Greek. However, most sub-collections count lower numbers, e.g.: 150 Chinese, 130 French Antilles/Haïti/Guyana, 100 Portuguese/ Fado, 90 Iranian, 85 Albanian polyphony, 80 Native American Indians, 70 Madagascan & Réunionnais, 70 French-Canadian, 70 Armenian, 60 Cretan lyra, 50 Yiddish/Cantorial, 50 Afghani/Pashto, 50 Italian/Sardinian/Corsican, 50 Lemko-Ukrainian etc.
Other areas count less samples, e.g. Vietnam, Ethiopia, Burma, Kurdistan, Thailand, Yemen-Saudi-Oman, Mongolia, Malta, Uzbekistan, Japan… Yet, music of minorities is on hand, e.g. Aborigines, Inuit, Aramite-Assyrians, Tuareg, Khmer, Basques, Laz, Crimea-Tatars, Maori, Ilcano, Ladino-Sephardim, Criollos, Parsee, Rhaeto-Romansh, Azeri, Ruthenians, Andean Inca….
Or regional music styles like tex-mex, sacred harp singing, krontchong, trallaleri, khömei, gamelan gong & angklung, kwela, puirt-a-beul, huayno, highlife, klezmer, Berber ‘aïta, piobaireachd, shangaan… Plus a batch of early recordings of European folk instruments: hardingfele, fujara, guzla, tárogató, ciaramella, dulzaina, jew’s harp, nyckelharpa, kanklių /kantele, biniou, fyell, hurdy-gurdy, launeddas…
Only few 78s of indigenous and tribal music are there from places like Tibet, Amazonia, Laos, Sudan, Papua Niugini, Korea, Bahrain, Nepal, Surinam, Somalia, Cabo Verde, Sulawesi, Tonga, Iceland, French Polynesia… – The Bagpipe Collection 1898-1965 – 700 solo bagpipe 78s (and several cylinders) from many countries: France, India, Germany, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Albania, Spain, Morocco, Greece, Italy, Sweden, Egypt, Bohemia, Ireland, Hungary, Turkey, Croatia, Armenia, Iraq, Georgia, Romania, Tunisia – and yes, Scotland, too. –
The Taksim Collection 1910 to 1950 – about 180 shellac records from Turkey, Arabia, Armenia and Greece with solo improvisations in Mid-Eastern modes on various string and wind instruments, including some rarely documented modes. – The legacy of the personal shellac discs of Hans Helfritz (1902-1995), the ethnomusicologist who worked with Erich von Hornbostel and Carl Orff and who recorded in Yemen, West Africa, Mexico, Brazil from the 1930’s to 60’s – some 80 discs. –
Two Photo Collections 1860–1970. 1) About 1,600 early photos of anonymous traditional musicians from all over the world with their instruments (again, “from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe”) – from daguerrotype, albumen prints and “carte de visite” to postcards and early archival photos.
2) Additionally, 500 such early photos of bagpipers from many countries, with their regional variety of bagpipes: Estonia, Armenia, Austria, Russia, Macedonia, India, Serbia, Libya, Poland, Sudan, Portugal…
– The Record Catalog Collection 1910-1960. 130 catalogs of special series: “Polyphon Disques Arabes”, “HMV East African Records”, “Catálogo Numerical de Discos Victor Argentina”, “Parlophone Javanese Records”, “Zarzuelas Impresionadas por La Voz de Su Amo”, “Odéon Katalaogy Malagasy”, “Beltona Scottish & Irish Records”, “Cairophon”, ”Victor Catalogue of all Languages”, “Zonophone Numerical List – Gujarati, Marathi, Hindustani, Sindhi, Jain”, ”Odeon Repertório Portugués”, “Greek, Turkish, Armenian, Spanish-Oriental Records”, “Discos Mexicanos Vocalion”, “Slovenskych Rekordov“,“La Voix de son Maître Disques Espagnols et Sardanes”,”Columbia Maori Records”,”Pathé Répertoire Tunisien”,“Columbia Punjabi, Bangri, Nepali”…
In case of interest contact (preferably in English or German): Mrs Gundega Zeltina: Kazarmu iela 6-11 Riga 1013, Latvia (Europe) Home phone.: +371-6737-3782 (or Dr. Rainer E. Lotz: Rotdornweg 81 53177 Bonn (Germany) Home

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