News, January 2014

Happy new year, all! 

I'd like to take this opportunity to highlight some items of interest.
We used to maintain a section of bulletin board for posting Stanford faculty, student, staff and alumni publications as they arrived. Last year we switched to an online format which allows us to better highlight these items and connect you directly with current SearchWorks information. If you have items that you'd like us to include, or if you would care to provide us with a 'heads up' about a forthcoming book, score, article, or recording, please contact either Ray or Mimi. We aim to create the most complete lists possible, and welcome your input! 

Streaming media:
The eight streaming audio and four streaming video databases continue to add content at a steady pace. Current album counts are: 

American Song - 7141 
Classical Music Library - 14341 
Contemporary World Music - 16701 
DRAM - 4055 
Jazz Music Library - 10756 
Naxos Jazz - 6000 
Naxos Classical - 91651 
Smithsonian Global Sound - 2949 

The GRAND TOTAL of albums available for streaming is 153,594 (!) 

As reported earlier, the Alexander Press databases ( American Song, Classical Music Library, Contemporary World Music, Jazz Music Library, Smithsonian Global Sound, Opera in Video, and Dance in Video) have a new and improved interface available to preview. See the links on their respective sites if you'd like a preview. We will be switching to this new interface in the very near future. 

Note that Naxos offers mobile apps (and Alex Press promises a suite of apps for 2014). See the mobile page for information about music and mobile apps, including Naxos, and

Speaking of, be sure to check out the latest offerings, which feature the Berlin Philharmonic, performances from the Salzburg, Verbier, and Ambronay (Early Music) Festivals, and live webcasts of several chamber music concerts coming in the newt few weeks. 

Access all streaming media here.

Visiting Scholar Zhang Jihong:
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 will be 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.
Jihong holds a PhD in musicology from the Conservatory. Her research interests include music librarianship and opera. Her publications include The Interpretation of Italian Opera Arias in the 18th Century (Beijing: Capital Normal University Press, 2009), as well as articles on both Chinese and Western opera, music librarianship, and collaborative teaching methods.
News from the ARS
William C. Lynch Dennis Brain Collection

The Archive has recently finished processing the William C. Lynch Dennis Brain Collection. This collection is believed to be the largest of its kind in North America, if not the most comprehensive and organized collection of recorded music relating to the British horn player Dennis Brain (1921-1957), anywhere in the world.

Inaugural Listening Party

The Archive recently held its first ever listening party on October 17th. Over 40 attendees were invited to flick through multiple boxes of duplicate 78rpm records, dating from approximately 1900-1940, to select those they would like to hear played on the Archive's 1925 Victrola Credenza, just one example from our magnificent phonograph collection in the Archive which dates from 1904-1930. More details about this collection, including images and demonstration videos, are now available on the Archive's website. More listening parties are planned for later in the year so stay tuned! 
50 years of Stanford Mendicants

In celebration of their 50th anniversary, the Archive recently completed a 6 month project to collect and digitally preserve the Stanford Mendicants' complete recorded output between 1964-2012. As the story goes, The Mendicants, Stanford's first a cappella group, were founded in 1963 by a transfer student from Yale by the name of Hank Adams.  Since then, the 9-12 singers (depending on the year) have devoted themselves to arranging, performing, and recording popular songs of both the present day and the past. Contact the Archive if you like to listen to any of these recordings.


Ray (Music) and Jon (ARS)