The Danish composer Fuzzy has musically decorated The Black
Diamond with his work Katalog (Catalogue) which is inspired by the treasures of the
library and presents 52 electro-acoustical works of which one is played every day at 1.00-1.03 p.m. - a new
work every week.
The music can be heard in the big atrium of the library (called "The Chip") between the
balconies, glass walls and transverse bridges.
Below we present the pictures and a short description of the objects from the library which
have inspired Fuzzy for the music of the individual weeks in March and April (week no. 10-17).
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From the Dutchman J.H. Linschoten's East Indian travel account entitled Itinerario, printet in
Amsterdam in 1596 with a wealth of illustrations and maps. This beautifully coloured copy from
The Royal Library is extremely well preserved. Linschoten spent a number of years in the Portuguese
trading colony of Goa on the west coast of India. Here a scene with distinguished Chinese mandarins.
University Library Division, Folio.
"Morskinskinna" - the Rotten Vellum - is the name given to this manuscripts, written in Iceland at the
end of the thirteenth century. Given to Frederik III by Bishop of Skálholt, Brynjólfur Sveinsson,
together with about ten other manuscripts, it is part of the oldest core of the collection in the
Royal Library. It is one of the most important manuscripts containing the sagas of the Norwegian kings and
is was used by Frederik III's Norwegian historiographer Thormod Torfæus.
The Manuscript Department, Gl. kongelige Samling 1009, folio. See more about the manuscript
A Chinese comic strip with Walt Disney figures, printed in Shanghai c. 1947. Tanglaoya (Donald Duck)
og Milaoshu (Mickey Mouse) are selling the newspaper Zhengqi ribao (Latest events of today).
The Oriental Collection, OA 102-1879, oktavo.
One of the greatest international treasures of the Music Collection: An autograph manuscript of
Johann Sebastian Bach with the score for Cantata no. 166 Mein Hertze schwimmt im Blut (BWV 199),
composed for performance on the eleventh Sunday after Trinity, 1714. It belonged to Bach's son
C.Ph.E. Bach and was acquired by the Music Department at the latest in 1842 with either Peter
Grønland's or C.E.F. Weyse's collections. Detail of the beginning of the cantata.
The Music and Theatre Department, C I 615 (mu 6701.0731). See more about the manuscript
Apokalypsis Sancti Johannis (The Revelations of St. John) - illustrations and the Latin text
printed from blocks. From the dating of the paper, c. 1470-80, but printed from an older set of
blocks. The book reads like a regular comic strip, since the texts are related to the individual
figures. The reproduction here illustrates chapter six, where the first two seals are broken: "And I
saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him:
and he went forth conquering, and to conquer ... And there went out another horse that was red: and
power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one
another: and there was given unto him a great sword." The little 'e' in the upper right corner is
the gathering signature.
The Manuscript Department,
Rare Book Colletions, The Incunable collection.
The War Book. The first part of the book is lavishly illustrated, and the successful combination
of Lorentz Benedicht's printing and the illuminated illustrations, some in empty spaces left in the printing,
others on large folded plates, makes it a unique monument of the art of the book in Denmark.
Handwritten notes indicate that the book passed in inheritance to Christian IV, who also used it as
intended, since the two sections dealing with "Ritterrecht" and "Reuterrecht" form the basis of his
military ordinances of April 10, 1611.
The manuscript of part one is in The Manuscript Department, Gl.
kongelige Samling 351, folio.
See more about the book.
One of J.H.E. Bernstorff's numerous French books with engraved illustrations, Erasmus of Rotterdam's
The Praise of Folly in a French translation from 1751. Engravings after drawings by Charles Eisen
in rococo frames. Red morocco binding decorated in gold with Bernstorff's arms and a lace pattern. The
The Manuscript Department, Rare Book Collections, kvarto.
From the so-called Psalterium feriatum, a lavishly decorated Book of Hours made in Ghent-Brügge
c. 1500-35. All the pages are elegantly decorated, and among the numerous miniatures framed in
architectural perspectives, there are seven which depict the mortal sins of Christianity. This
money-hungray merchant symbolizes greed (avaritia).
The Manuscript Department, Gl. kongelige Samling 1605,
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