It has emerged from the work so far undertaken on Wolfgang Jacobi’s private correspondence that the composer was in contact with about 570 people. Letters, cards, picture postcards, telegrams and printed matter from them are among the Collection, as well as carbon copies of Jacobi’s letters to them.
There is also a multitude of other letters in the Jacobi Collection, which have been classified according to content and will remain separate (correspondence with publishing houses, broadcasters, GEMA, birthday letters etc.). Work is currently being undertaken to ascertain who these correspondents were.
There are probably between 7,000 and 7,500 letters, postcards and telegrams in the Wolfgang Jacobi Collection. This emerged from the preliminary assessment. The documents are gradually being sorted and classified with a view to make them available to the public.
The correspondence dates particularly from the period beginning in 1945 and comprises letters from colleagues, friends, musicians, arts officials and others and carbon copies of Jacobi’s typed letters. They provide insight into the life and work of Wolfgang Jacobi, his thinking and emotional life, and will perhaps shed new light on the historical context.
This major cataloguing project is being undertaken in cooperation with the Generaldirektion der Staatlichen Archive Bayerns in consultation with whom the archival procedures have been decided. It is the purpose of the project to provide access to the correspondence and thus to facilitate those scholars interested in this field of research and study.
Work has been completed on the photographs in the Wolfgang Jacobi Collection. For more information see: Archival Holdings.
The sorting and cataloguing of the letters in the archive will be undertaken next.
Scores discovered in the Sigurd M. Raschèr Archive at the State University of New York! When the Rascher biographer Wildy Zumwalt was researching the collection of the famous saxophonist and Jacobi friend, he came across compositions by Wolfgang Jacobi which were hitherto either unknown or deemed lost. Among these are the »Studien nach Lully« for alto saxophone and piano and the Pastorale for soprano, alto saxophone and piano.
»Studien nach Lully« received its first renewed performance in September 2014 at a Jacobi portrait concert on Rügen. A scan of the original score is available in the Jacobi archive. The other works will also be made available.
Work began on the Jacobi archive with the sorting, cataloguing and digitising of the surviving photographs and pictures. These images document and illustrate comprehensively the various phases of Wolfgang Jacobi’s life.
While preparing an article on Wolfgang Jacobi for a Pommeranian biographical lexicon, the Greifswald music critic Ekkehard Ochs undertook some research on Jacobi’s parents. He received copies of death certificates from the Protestant parish church of Sankt Marien in Bergen on
1923 – information about the mother Sophia Jacobi, née Sachse – and
1933 – information about the father Oskar Jacobi.
Copies of these documents together with an entry in the marriage register of 1922 concerning the marriage of Wolfgang Jacobi and Eveline Rüegg, have been placed now in the Jacobi archive.
The Generaldirektion der Staatlichen Archive Bayerns has placed the Wolfgang Jacobi Family Archive in the internet portal »Archive in Bayern« as a private archive of Lower Franconia. Website: www.archive-in-bayern.de