Blog topic: Music

Fellow music librarians navigate MARTA. Pictured: Scott Stone (UC Irvine), Manuel Erviti (UC Berkeley), Janelle West and Andrew Justice (University of North Texas).

Music librarians flock to Atlanta

March 10, 2014
by Ray Heigemeir

Stanford music librarians  Jerry McBride, Mimi Tashiro, Nancy Lorimer, Jon Manton, Jihong Zhang, and Ray Heigemeir (that’s me) were in attendance at the 83rd annual meeting of the Music Library Association in Atlanta, Georgia at the end of February.  A total of 403 attendees from the US, Canada and select other countries spent the better part of a week learning, discussing, debating, and celebrating the changing landscape of music librarianship.

A critical guide to the music of Brian Ferneyhough

March 6, 2014
by Ray Heigemeir

Stanford composer Brian Ferneyhough is the subject of the first monograph from Intellect Books' Critical Guides to Contemporary Composers series. Brian Ferneyhough, by Lois Fitch, "examines the critical issues fundamental to understanding the composer as both musician and thinker"--[book cover]

Chapters include: biography; notation; the solo works: 'Black Scherzo'; chamber 'concerts'; chamber music; string quartet; Time and Motion Study Cycle; Carceri d'Invenzione: style and innovation; Shadowtime; works for orchestra and large ensemble; and aesthetics.

Engraving by Jan Sadeler of King David and Choristers

March 11, 2014
by Mimi Tashiro

Recently acquired, an engraving by Jan Sadeler (1550-1600) from 1590, based on the painting of Joos van Winghe (1544-1603) depicting King David playing the harp. A group of choristers is gathered around an open choir book which contains the 5-part setting of Psalm 116 by Andreas Pevernage (1542 or 3-1591).

Woodcut portrait of Adrianus Petit Coclico (1499/1500-1562)

February 14, 2014
by Mimi Tashiro

A full-length woodcut portrait of the composer Coclico at age 52, printed in 1552, was recently purchased. It includes music notation at upper left, with the text “Desperando spero,” and identification of the composer, “Adrian Petit Coclico Mvsico. Etat: LII,” at upper right. This inscription is the only known source that states his birth year.

Zhang Jihong

Please welcome Zhang Jihong

February 7, 2014
by Ray Heigemeir
The Music Library is fortunate to host Zhang Jihong, Associate Professor and Reference Librarian at the Shanghai Conservatory, as a visiting scholar for the 2014 calendar year. Jihong, who is here with her husband and young son, will focus her study on library management practices, collection development and organization, user services and instruction, digital resource development, care and handling of rare materials, and uses of technology in the music library setting. The Shanghai Conservatory, the oldest in China, is undergoing a major upgrade of their facilities, including the library.
A stack of newspapers

Why I use a feed reader (and why you should, too!)

January 16, 2014
by Ray Heigemeir

Using a feed reader is an efficient way of staying current on topics of interest.

RSS (Rich Site Summary, or Real Simple Syndication) is a mechanism by which a digital information source sends out links to newly added content. A feed reader lets me gather, organize, and edit these various streams of new content links in a single, user-friendly interface (I use Feedly).  When I subscribe to a feed, new content is automatically sent to my feed reader as soon as it is made available, 24/7.  Oh, and it’s free!

Open tape reel from Gerhard Samuel Collection, ARS.0049

How accessible are our media collections?

During the fall of 2013, Stanford University Libraries (SUL) convened a working group to investigate the current state of access to audio and moving image materials held within its various collections, notably rare materials within its different special collections departments, along with those held at the Hoover Institution Library and Archives. 

Following many weeks of investigation, the Media Access Working Group (MAWG) produced a report in December 2013 outlining its findings, along with various recommendations to help tackle the issues discovered. The group considered issues relating to use cases, copyright status, available technologies - including media streaming, and content usage. 

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