Preservation of the Samuel Baud-Bovy Ethnomusicology Collection

On the occasion of UNESCO's celebration of the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2019, the Musée d'ethnographie de Genève (MEG) and the United Music Foundation join forces to finalize the preservation of the prestigious collection of audio recordings made by Samuel Baud-Bovy and his team. This collection was acquired by the MEG in 2017.

These historical recordings were made on audio tape between 1954 and 1980 during research missions in various regions of Greece (Crete, Aegina, Thessaly et Macedonia), as well as Turkey, Cyprus and Malta.

This preservation project was made possible thanks to the support of Memoriav.

Listen to an Audio Clip

Myrology (funeral dirge)
sung by Aretí Angelidáki, a woman from the Yéryeri village (Crete), for her son who died abroad.


Recorded by Samuel Baud-Bovy in Yérgeri, Crete, April 1954.
Source : 1/4" tape, 7.5ips, mono, AIMP-BD702_03

Samuel Baud-Bovy Collection, International Archive of Popular Music (AIMP) of the MEG. 
Preservation of the original tape and audio restoration: David Hadzis - United Music Foundation, Geneva


Recordings preserved with the support of:



Samuel Baud-Bovy durant un entretien avec un musicien à Yergeri (Crète Occidentale)
Samuel Baud-Bovy during an interview with
a musician in Yéryeri (Crete), 1954.
Photo: Bertrand Bouvier / archives MEG-AIMP

Master tape from Samuel Baud-Bovy's collection
Handwritten master tape box of a
Samuel Baud-Bovy recording (April 1954)