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.
Need 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.
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.
Here's the table of contents for the March-April issue of Swain Library news:
- Swain Library Collection on the Move
- Accelerate Your Research with xSearch
- Finding eBooks
- ACS' Open Access
- RSC's Open Access Program
The Stanford University Libraries are providing a four month trial of the online version of Scientific Style and Format, the most recognized, authoritative reference for authors, editors, publishers, students, and translators in all areas of science and related fields. Authored by the Council of Science Editors (CSE) and published by the University of Chicago Press, the eighth edition has been fully revised and updated to reflect recent changes in language relating to the perpetually evolving electronic and online environments. New to this edition are guidelines and examples for citing online images and information graphics, podcasts and webcasts, online videos, blogs, social networking sites, and e-books.
Sameer Ali (Stanford University), “Ethics and Philosophy in the Nuzhat-nama-i ‘Ala’i of Shahmardan b. Abi al-Khayr al-Razi”
Abstract: This presentation seeks to examine the ethical precepts and practical philosophy in the Nuzhat-nama, which was written in the late 11th century in Iran under the patronage of the Kaykuyid prince Abu Kalijar Garshasp. The author, Shahmardan b. Abi al-Khayr al-Razi, borrows the title from Ibn Sina’s work, the Danish Nama Alayi and circulates the latter’s explanation of cosmology and philosophy. Al-Razi also includes a tract from Ibn Miskaywah on ethical behavior and domestics. In addition, this presentation seeks to investigate the descriptive aspects of the manuscript and articulate methodologies for studying and comparing manuscripts.
Sameer Ali is Ph.D. student in Religious Studies at Stanford University. He received his B.A. from Rutgers University. He spent six years as a seminarian in the Middle East. His research interests include manuscripts, codicology, bookmaking, Shiism in the context of Indo-Persian and South Asian societies and cultures during the early modern era.
Thursday, May 1, 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm, CISAC Conference Room, Encina Hall Central (616 Serra Street)
Contact: 736-8169, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsored by the Abbasi Progam in Islamic Studies, Department of Religious Studies. Co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies and Stanford University Libraries.
The Archive of Recorded Sound has recently processed the following collections:
(N.B details of the live festival recordings in this collection have been online for some time. Recent processing has included the creation of a finding aid that details the entire collection in addition to these live audio and video recordings).
This collection contains the archives of the Monterey Jazz Festival from 1958 to the present. It primarily consists of unpublished sound recordings and videos of festival concerts, and interviews and panel discussions in various formats, many of which are also available as digital sound and video files. Also included are a variety of recordings received with the collection that are not recordings from the festival itself, but instead feature content connected to the festival in some way, such as studio recordings of artists who performed at the festival, demo tapes for artists wishing to perform at the festival, or various recordings relating to festival founder Jimmy Lyons in some way. Some books, photographs, posters, programs, and other miscellaneous papers can also be found in the archives. The collection adds material every year.
British Pathé just released an astounding 85,000 archival film clips on YouTube. Included are numerous clips of musical interest including great singers, instrumentalists, and conductors; music making in the home and community, musical oddities, and unique performances and venues. One clip that caught my attention today is of Australian soprano Marjorie Lawrence making her first standing appearance after being stricken with polio (she's performing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1947). Her story was memorably told in the Hollywood film based on her memoirs, Interrupted Melody, starring Eleanor Parker as Lawrence.