A MUSICAL ARCHIVE, UNIQUE IN THE WORLD
Lotoro’s project is unique in the world in terms of broadness, orderliness and completeness. There are other collections of music written in concentration camps, but there isn’t an archive of all concentrationary music written around the time of the Second World War in Nazi Lagers, in Russian Gulags and in Japanese, African and Asian camps.
With the perseverance of a scholar, Francesco Lotoro transcribes, digitalizes, collects and brings back to life these scores, trying to philologically recreate them from materials that are often seriously damaged and compromised.
More than 8,000 published or unreleased scores and separate parts, on paper or digital copies, that were recovered during his journeys and meetings with relatives of the musicians.
Precious testimonies archived in microfilms that prevent the risk of their loss due to the ravages of time.
12,500 documents about music production in Second World War concentration camps (USB, diaries, notes, music books).
3,000 publications on concentrationary music production during the Second World War.
So far Lotoro has produced at his own expense 27 CDs of concentrationary music, so this repertoire can continue to live and the music is safe from oblivion and given a voice again.
Hundreds of hours of recordings of the meetings with survivors and their heirs.
A RACE AGAINST TIME
Francesco has hundreds of clues to follow, but every wasted minute reduces the chances of him finding music that is still lost and returning it to the collective memory of all mankind. His work is becoming increasingly urgent, because the last generation of survivors is rapidly disappearing.