We are deeply sad to inform you that our esteemed colleague Harald Heckmann passed away on Sunday, 5 November 2023, after a serious illness.
Dr. Harald Heckmann was a musicologist, editor of musical works, former director of the German Archive of the History of Music (Deutsches Musikgeschichtliches Archiv) in Kassel (1954-1971), long-standing director and board member of the German Broadcasting Archive (Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv) in Frankfurt (1971-1991) and chairman of the music advisory board and member of the administrative board of the German National Library (1982-1992).
From 1959 to 1974 he served as secretary general of IAML ((International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres) and was president of IAML from 1974 to 1976. He was appointed honorary president afterwards. From 1960 to 1980 he was secretary and from 1980 to 2004 he was president of the International Inventory of Musical Sources (RISM). In 1969 he was co-founder and until 1991 vice-president of the Répertoire International de la Littérature Musicale (RILM), in 1972 co-founder and co-president of the Répertoire International d'Iconographie Musicale (RIdIM), and chairman of the editorial board of the publication series Documenta musicologica (DMI) and Catalogus musicus.
He has made an irreplaceable contribution to international understanding and cooperation between music libraries.
In 2000 he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
He died at the age of nearly 99 in his retirement home in Kronberg am Taunus.
The German IAML Board
Dr. Ann Kersting-Meuleman
Paul T. Haas