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The Foundation Istituto di Letteratura Musicale Concentrazionaria/Institute of Concentrationary Music Literature (ILMC) was founded in 2014 to research, catalogue, record, publish and promote the Concentrationary Music that is the music created in imprisonment, transit, forced labor, concentration and extermination Camps, jails, ships and logistics turned in imprisonment sites, POW Camps, Stalag, Oflag and Gulag open both by Third Reich, Italy, Japan, Italian Social Republic, Vichy regime and other Axis countries as so as Great Britain, France, U.R.S.S. and other Allies countries in Europe, colonial Africa, Asia, U.R.S.S., U.S.A., Latin America and Oceania from 1933 to 1953 by discriminated, persecuted, imprisoned, deported, killed or survived musicians of any professional, artistic, social, religious, national background.


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Francesco Lotoro

Francesco Lotoro is the president and founder of ILMC Foundation. An Italian pianist born in Barletta in 1964, piano graduated at the Conservatorium of Music N. Piccinni in Bari, piano specialization at the Academy of Music Franz Liszt in Budapest with Kornél Zempléni and László Almásy, he also studied with Viktor Merzhanov, Tamas Vasary and Aldo Ciccolini.

He reconstructed music and text of Weihnachtsoratorium for Soli, mixed choir and piano by Friedrich Nietzsche, performed and recorded both with Coro della Radio Svizzera Italiana and Ars Cantica Choir, score and parts published by Editrice Rotas.

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The citadel represents the accomplishment of extensive research conducted over the last 30 years by the pianist and researcher FRANCESCO LOTORO as well as his documentary and philological work protected by the ILMC Foundation:

  • 8 thousand scores,
  • 12 thousand documents such as films, diaries and audio,
  • 3 thousand non-fiction and encyclopedic titles.

It will also host the National Centre of Jewish Music Emanuele Pacifici, made up of thousands of paper documents, editorials, phonographs and record labels. The project involves a partnership with the Sapienza University of Rome.
The Citadel will be completed and fully functional by 2020. Inside, on a surface of 9,000 square meters approximately, it will host the Campus of Music Sciences, the Media Music Library, the Museum of Regenerated Art, the Teatro Nuovi Cantieri, the International Library of the Twentieth Century and a receptive structure.

  • Master of concentration camp music literature
  • National pole of Jewish music “Emanuele Pacifici”
  • Department of the Three-year Course of Jewish Music Literature
  • Department of two Hazanuth Study Centres in continental and Mediterranean Europe
  • Historic archive of Barletta composers
  • Great Hall, Campus Park
  • Bistrot

The Campus will be built on an area of 1,200 square meters, it will offer spaces for research, study and professional development focused both on the concentration camp music heritage and on the Jewish music literature.
The classes of the Master of the concentration camp music literature as well as those of the national collection of Jewish music will take place in the Campus. A pipe organ will be built in the Great Hall.

  • Library, Sound Archives, Video Library, Musical Newstand
  • Thesaurus Musicae Concentrationariae, Research staff and editorial production
  • Berto Boccosi music archive

The Media Music Library is the Summation of the concentration camp music research, it will rise over an area of 2,750 square meters and will contain the material of the ILMC Foundation consisting of:

  • 8,000 musical works;
  • 12,000 documents (microfilm, prison diaries and musical notebooks, mechanographic recordings on audiocassette and videotape, vinyl records currently being produced);
  • 3,000 volumes of scientific and theoretical literature on the subject, publications and essays;
  • 300 hours of interviews with surviving composers and instrumentalists.

Equipped with large reading and consultation rooms, manuscript analysis departments, research and forestry departments, the Media Music Library will provide all the services of traditional documentaries and will host conferences and meetings with cultural and artistic figures; manuscripts and paper documents will be produced in accessible formats.

  • Exhibition of musical manuscripts created in situation of civil and military captivity
  • Display of musical instruments used in concentration camps
  • Phonographic archive

The Museum of the Regenerated Art will rise over an area of approx. 1,200 and will offer space for heritage, musical notebooks, documents, photographic, organological, audiovisual and phonographic material.

The Museum will promote the knowledge of music composed in captivity helping to rediscover an entire generation of composers, organizing exhibitions, study conventions and projects in collaboration with cultural institutions, schools, universities; the exhibition space will be equipped with musical instruments constructed and used in captivity with photographic material related to musicians, works, musical performances in the Fields. For each musician there will be biographical data, list of works, anecdotes.

The Museum will host a large phonographic Archive accessible via work stations equipped with headphones; spaces with screens and seats for the continuous vision of videographic material for schools and organized groups.

  • Concert, symphonic and theatrical production
  • Regenerated Music Festival of Concentration Camp Music
  • Long life to life! Youth Theater of Artistic Memory
  • New Yards Open Outdoor Theater

The Teatro Nuovi Cantieri will be equipped with an audio-video recording area and a film screening screen; there will be an open air theater Nuovi Cantieri with coverage, used for conferences and concerts.

  • Bookshop
  • Educational workshop & Book presentation room

The International Library of the XX century will rise over an area of 520 square meters corresponding to the decanting tanks of the former Distillery with a wide range of books on the concentration camp music production but also on the musical production of the XX century, of the First and Second World War, the Cold War and the State of Israel, etc., up to the Modern age.

At the Library there will be an educational workshop addressed to schools and organized groups; the Library will also be the venue for lectures and book presentations.


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A monumental musical repertoire unique in the world for breadth and systematic. In 30 years of research, Francesco Lotoro has saved more than 8,000 musical works, which otherwise would have been lost. Today all this extraordinary heritage has been donated to the ILMC Foundation in Barletta.

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