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October 24 is United Nations Day.

Visit the exhibit: Faces of the World's Refugees on display at the Green Library Lobby

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To correspond with the Triple CCRMALite concert and symposium this weekend (Oct 26-27, 2014), the Archive of Recorded Sound and Stanford Media Preservation Lab recently worked to digitized and make available a number of historic performances from Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. These recordings, from the CCRMA Tape Archive (ARS.0037), are now available to stream via the Triple CCRMALite website.    


Peg box of a baryton, Brussels (undated)Divertimento 24o per il pariton [original manuscript, 1766]

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The baryton [pariton] is a bass instrument in the viol family that may be simultaneously bowed and plucked. It features a double set of strings, the upper set gut, for bowing, the lower set metal, for sympathetic vibration and for plucked accompaniment. The metal strings run the length of the neck behind the fingerboard, which is hollowed in the back to allow the left hand to pluck the strings.

Loosely related to the lyra-viol, the baryton likely originated in seventeenth-century England. Its moment in the sun, however, came in ighteenth-century Austria, at the court of the barytonist Prince Nicholas Esterházy, with music supplied in abundance by his ambitious young Kappelmeister, Joseph Haydn.

Cover image of Encyclopedia of educaional theory and philosophy

This week's new books included two works by Graduate School of Education faculty members.  Emeritus professor Denis C. Phillips has edited the Encyclopedia of educational theory and philosophy which covers a wide range of theories and ideas that have shaped education, while professor Linda Darling-Hammond is the co-author of Beyond the bubble test: how performance assessments support 21st century learning.

We invite you to join Stanford's "Another Look" book club (of which the Stanford Libraries are a proud sponsor) in a few weeks to discuss Italo Calvino's mind-expanding collection of science-inspired fantasies, Cosmicomics.

The discussion—free and open to the public—begins at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 27, 2014, in the Stanford Humanities Center. Acclaimed author Robert Pogue Harrison, the Rosina Pierotti Professor of Italian Literature, will moderate the panel, with award-winning novelist Tobias Wolff, the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor, and literary journalist and visiting scholar Cynthia Haven, who blogs at The Book Haven

The "Another Look" club has a richly-outfitted website at anotherlook.stanford.edu.  Here's a summary of recent posts related to Cosmicomics:

Title page of the Bonaparte Edition (detail)

Collection complette des quatuors / d'Haydn ; dédiée au Premier Consul Bonaparte
A Paris : Chez Pleyel, auteur et editeur de musique, [1802]

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Goethe described the classical string quartet form as “four rational people conversing,” a type of discourse embodied in the quartets of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert. Haydn, perhaps more than any of his contemporaries, shaped the string quartet into the form we know today, moving away from the typical divertimenti solo with accompaniment, to four equal voices working out thematic material in (often lively) conversation. The complete set of parts featured here is a variant of the first edition of Haydn’s complete string quartets, dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte, and known as the “Bonaparte Edition,” published by Maison Pleyel in Paris in 1803. 

Remotely-piloted Altair unmanned aerial vehicle

Are you interested in working for or developing products in the aerospace industry?  Want to research the latest information on small satellites or reusable rockets? Want to know about Europe’s Clean Sky research program? Have you booked your trip to the moon? 

The Stanford libraries subscribe to a suite of research tools that can help you plan for your future in the aviation or space industry. Newspace Global tracks the leading companies and reports on the growing marketing for reusable rockets, small satellites and space vehicles.  IHS Janes is the go to source in the aerospace industry for the specifications and details on the latest aircraft and avionics systems.  Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN) includes all issues of Aviation Week & Space technology from 1997 to the present plus downloadable spreadsheets on aviation manufacturers, suppliers, and the airline industry world-wide. As part of our subscription to AWIN, Stanford students can download and install a Zino version of the current issue of Aviation Week and Space Technology to a smart phone or tablet. Need more sources of information such as standards, articles, and books?  Review the Terman Engineering Library topic guide for Aeronautics and Astronautics.

piano keys

Masterclass Media Foundation of England films and records world-class musicians teaching students or discussing their own approaches to the works with which they are associated.  The medici.tv database makes available 40 of the masterclasses.

Videos on keyboard music include classes with Stephen Kovacevich on Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 2,  Beethoven Piano Sonatas no. 21 and 31, Chopin Fantasy in F minor, op. 49, and Schubert Impromptus nos. 1 and 3, op. 90; András Schiff on Bach Partita no.2, Beethoven late Piano Sonatas, and Schubert Moments Musicaux nos. 1, 3, and 4. There are also masterclasses with Emanuel Ax, Boris Berman, Stephen Hough and Joanna MacGregor.

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