Part of audio preservation work includes working with media that has peculiar characteristics. Sometimes the atypical qualities are a byproduct of how the recording was made by the recordist. An example of this type of problem that we occasionally see at the Stanford Media Preservation Lab is when an open reel tape is recorded over and there is remaining content hidden in certain spots of the tape. This presents specific problems in capture since tape heads are built for use with specific physical configurations of tracks and thus capturing the hidden spots outside of the normal range of track configuration is near impossible. With this in mind SMPL recently worked on obtaining equipment to address this challenging scenario.
The Stanford Music Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Kishimoto to the position of Head Librarian of Music Metadata Services. Kevin comes from the University of Chicago where he served as the Music Cataloger for five years where he was responsible for cataloging of music resources, including audio recordings, scores, video recordings, electronic resources, microforms, books in all European languages, and rare music resources in the Special Collections Research Center.
“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.
For your browsing pleasure, here are the Spring 2016 highlights of newly acquired collections available at the Archive of Recorded Sound.
For your browsing pleasure, we present the following list of new scores added to composer complete editions, historical sets, and facsimiles:
Bach, CPE. Miscellaneous songs / Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach ; edited by Christoph Wolff.
Bach, JS. Mass in B minor / Johann Sebastian Bach ; edited by Ulrich Leisinger. Accompanying DVD-ROM includes a reproductions of the holograph (including original parts for Kyrie and Gloria), the 1924 facsimile, and 2 copyist manuscripts (Hering and Kirnberger)); it also includes the full score (as found in printed version), detailed critical report, and PDF files ("Et in unum Dominum", Individual remarks in German (not found in printed work), Latin words printed as text, and Quick start guides in German and English)
Beethoven. Streichquartette III. Werke / Beethoven (v. 6/5)
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.
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.
These titles have recently been added to the Music Library Reference Room. In no particular order:
Historical dictionary of the Broadway musical / William A. Everett, Paul R. Laird.
Bibliothecae apostolicae vaticanae corpus manuscriptorum musicalium / curantibus Rita Andolina, Susanna Greco. Vol. 2::1-4. Catalogo ragionato delle composizioni di Lorenzo Perosi (1872-1956) : con esempi musicali originali / Arturo Sacchetti.
International who's who in classical music. 31st ed. (2015)
International who's who in popular music. 17th ed. (2015)
I came across this miniature book, Duke Ellington Remembered: New York Notes, by Whitney Balliett, and thought it perfect for a miniature blog post. It is by far the tiniest book in the Music Library. Balliett (1926-2007) was a journalist and jazz critic who wrote for a number of publications, including for the New Yorker under famed editor William Shawn. His essays on jazz and jazz musicians have been collected into a number of monographs, many of which are available in the Stanford Libraries.