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Bjergsted Terrasse 5a, Stavanger 4007, Norway
This is not a teaching institution, but houses one of Europe’s biggest collections of recorded sound, with 50,000 78 rpm records, 120,000 LPs, 10,000 audio reel tapes, 5,000 video and music cassettes, 5,000 books about music as well as extensive technical equipment to play and copy different recorded material. Vocal music from the first half of the 20th century is heavily represented, and there is a considerable amount of Norwegian music. Radio recordings are mostly live recordings from the Italian and Swiss Radio, unavailable on commercial records, and world premieres, often with the composer as director. The collection is housed in new purpose-built premises inaugurated in 2003. The Institute has a collaborative agreement with the University of Stavanger.