The maverick composer Henry Cowell wrote the solo piano work, The Harp of Life, in Menlo Park in 1925; it was later incorporated into the suite, Four Irish Tales, for piano and orchestra (1940). The original holograph score is held in the Memorial Library of Music in Stanford’s Department of Special Collections (MLM 232C). Accompanying correspondence from Cowell’s widow, Sydney, notes that only a few of Cowell’s 25 or so manuscripts employing tone clusters have survived, this being one. The Harp of Life refers to a great cosmic harp, upon which a plucked string announces the birth of a new being. Cowell’s tone clusters create an aural celestial environment within which the harp is played.
Faculty, staff, and students affiliated with Stanford University can now find and access GIS vector shapefile data from ’A Vision of Britain through Time.’
Special Collections recently acquired a "Journal and Remark Book" kept by James B. Hay from 1867-1872. At the time he wrote the volume, Hay was a Midshipman in the Royal Navy. He served on the HMS Terrible, HMS Martin, HMS Gladiator, HMS Speedwell, and HMS Duke of Wellington. You can find him listed as the Midshipman of the Gladiator in The Navy List, Corrected to the 20th June, 1871.
Many researchers rely on open source software for data analysis, but lack of documentation on how to use the software can sometimes be an issue. In these situations, it's up to someone in the community to step up and create better resources to help people learn how to get the most out of these tools.
Stanford biology undergrad Nathan Cho found himself in just this situation recently while working on his honors thesis. Cho's project involved studying how stem cell development in plants affects the timing of the cell cycle, the process by which cells grow and divide. Analysis of his microscopy images required him to use open source software from the Max Plank Institute called MorphoGraphX.
For your browsing pleasure, we present the following list of new scores added to composer complete editions and historical sets.
CPE Bach. Passion according to St. Matthew : (1777) / Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach ; pasticcio incorporating music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Benda, Johann Gottlieb Graun, and Gottfried August Homilius ; edited by Ulrich Leisinger.
CPE Bach. Passion according to St. Luke : (1779) / Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach ; pasticcio incorporating music by Georg Benda, Gottfried August Homilius, Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel, and Georg Philipp Telemann ; edited by Ellen Exner.
The Stanford Libraries Mellon funded grant project, Everyday Electronic Materials (EEMs), created policy and practices as well as software and tools for selectors to add electronic items of scholarly interest to Stanford’s collections. Since its introduction in 2008, the EEMs system has been the gateway for adding thousands of digital items to Stanford's library collections, with full catalog records, workflows to support IP rights and payment needs, and persistent access via the Stanford Digital Repository.