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The Stanford Libraries recently acquired a collection of 214 libretti of French opera and ballets in first and early editions, from the 17th-19th centuries. The major concentration is in 18th-century material, with significant representation of the works of major composers of the period, Dalayrac, Duni, Grétry, Lully, Monsigny, Philidor, Alexandre Piccinni and Nicolas Piccinni. The inclusion of first and early editions provides the opportunity for comparison of first performances and revivals. Libretti are important records of performance history, often including details such as names of the cast, choreographers, set designers, dancers, and other musicians involved in the production.

Green Library with Shumway Fountain

Green Library will have some special hours over the next couple of weeks:

Memorial Day Weekend:

  • Saturday, May 24, 10:00 am to 10:00 pm (normal hours)
  • Sunday, May 25, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (early closure)
  • Monday, May 26, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (University holiday, early closure)

Extended hours for finals:

  • Friday, May 30, 8:00 am to 12:00 am
  • Saturday, June 1, 10:00 am to 12:00 am
  • Friday, June 6, 8:00 am to 12:00 am
  • Saturday, June 7, 10:00 am to 12:00 am

Come in and see us. Good luck with your final papers and exams!

East Asia Library homepage

The new East Asia Library homepage is now live! There you find the latest information about the library and discover the treasures held by our Chinese, Japanese and Korean collections. Of particular interest is our Library move information page with important dates and information about our move to Lathrop Library during this summer.

chinese brush painting class exhibition

The works of Continuing Studies ART221: The Art of Chinese Brush Painting Class Art Exhibit 2014 are on display in the East Asia Library from May 18 - 23.

Portrait of Joseph Haydn by Thomas Hardy (1791)

On May 24, Dr. Robert Huw Morgan conducted the University Singers and the Memorial Church Choir in a performance of Haydn’s Creation in Bing Concert Hall. This post highlights two important items in the Memorial Library of Music related to the work: a letter written by Haydn to his English friend Dr. Charles Burney (1726-1814), who helped Haydn arrange for the initial sale of the English-language edition of the full score; and one of the earliest copies of that score, which bears Haydn’s personal stamp on the title page. Burney is best known for his A General History of Music, (4 vols., 1776-89), a monumental publication that set a new standard for works on music history and historiography.

FINData logoNeed financial, corporate or macro-economic data? Use the new research tool created by the GSB Library after consultation with the School of Business faculty and PhD students. FINData is a financial and economic data discovery tool designed to help researchers quickly locate data within business and economic information sources available from the GSB library and other sources. FINData is organized into four broad areas — Company Financials, Financial Markets, Corporate Governance and Economic Indicators — but can be searched across categories using the search box.

Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach, by Elias Haussmann

An ambitious online project by the Netherlands Bach Society is a good reason to shine a spotlight on the great and prolific composer Johann Sebastian Bach (not that a reason is needed!).  The NBS promises free streaming performances of Bach’s complete works, one video per week.  Sign up for the free newsletter so as not to miss anything.  Videos are archived on the site; so far there are only six, so you can easily catch up.

Journals on booktrucks for transfer to SAL3

Here's the table of contents for the March-April issue of Swain Library news: 

  • Swain Library Collection on the Move
  • BrowZine
  • Accelerate Your Research with xSearch
  • Finding eBooks
  • ACS' Open Access
  • RSC's Open Access Program

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