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Cover image of Romona Quimby age 8

Drop everything and read

April 4, 2016
by Kelly L Roll

Beverly Cleary, the well known children’s author The Library of Congress designated as a living legend, will be turning 100 on April 12th. In previous years “Drop Everything and Read” programs have been held in libraries nationwide on April 12th in honor of Mrs. Cleary’s birthday, but why just celebrate her for a day? Instead, Cubberley has put up a display of books for the whole month honoring both Ms. Cleary as well as the spirit of Drop Everything and Read.

Archangel Michael Hurls the Rebellious Angels into the Abyss, by Luca Giordano (ca. 1666)

The Fallen Angel: An oratorio, unearthed

March 30, 2016
by Ray Heigemeir

“There was war in heaven: and Satan was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them: woe to the inhabiters of the earth.” – Revelation 12:7-12

So opens The Fallen Angel, an oratorio by Sir Henry Rowley Bishop. The manuscript score, in Bishop’s hand, has recently been reunited with a full set of manuscript orchestral and choral parts, as item MLM 87 in Stanford’s Memorial Library of Music.

Johann Sebastian Bach’s face from Elias Gottlob Haussmann’s 1748 portrait.

Celebrate Bach's birthday

March 14, 2016
by Ray Heigemeir

On March 21, 2016, we celebrate Johann Sebastian Bach's 331st birthday. Here are links to freely available resources, including some courtesy of Stanford University.

 

Scores

Stanford University Libraries holds one original Bach manuscript, the basso part from the cantata "Ich liebe den Höchsten von ganzem Gemüte Greifet zu, fasst das Heil", BWV 174. A high-quality digital image is available for viewing and download.

The Neue Ausgabe sämtlicher Werke (new edition of the complete works) is shelved in the Music Library stacks.

The 19th-century Bach Gesellschaft edition of the complete works is available for download via the Petrucci Music Library (IMSLP)

The Bach Digital database provides links to most of the known manuscripts in existence and tracks Bach scholarship worldwide.

 

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