News, October 2013 | Stanford Libraries

News, October 2013


Hello music folks, and welcome to a fresh new year of music research and enjoyment!


We in the Music Library and Archive of Recorded Sound have been quite busy over the last months and we’d like to share the following news items with you all.

On our websites:


Tell us what you think: A link for “suggestions & comments” has been added to quick links. We welcome any and all feedback about our collections, services, facilities, and online presence.

Basic information: The “At a glance” tab is now visible on all branch home pages. "At a glance" provides basics on hours, driving/parking, equipment, staffing, and subject page links.

Stanford Music Department publications by faculty, students, staff and alumni:  We had been posting this information on the bulletin board in the hallway, and have now moved it online. See the link under “New publications”. Building these lists on the website allows us to create a more permanent record of publications.  We hope to highlight all of your publications here; if we missed something, or if you have a forthcoming publication or recording, please send a note to Ray.


New topic guides: We've added topic guides for Music before 1500;  Music research; and Sound recordings. Can we create a page to support your class or studio?

Streaming media databases:

Alexander Street Press: A new interface for each of the streaming media databases is available in preview. You can see the new look by following the links on the database homepages. We will switch over sometime before the end of the calendar year.

Naxos Music Library: New content is being added regularly; two recently added labels of note are Sony Classical and Harmonia Mundi. Live and archived streaming offerings continue to be added at a healthy pace. If you haven't yet experienced, please give it a try.

Oxford Bibliographies Online/Music: We now subscribe to this important and useful resource. Contributors include our own Heather Hadlock, Tom Grey, Erick Arenas, and Kerry McCarthy. Explore via the link in Searchworks, or follow the link on our Databases page.



The Musical Acoustics Research Library (MARL) collection is now available online.

Opening Night! Opera & Oratorio Premieres: Stanford Libraries is pleased to offer this new online cross-index of data for over 38,000 opera and oratorio premieres. 

Bach organ works: We are thrilled to provide free streaming audio of the entire series of recitals given by Dr. Robert Huw Morgan in 2009-2010, celebrating the anniversary of the Fisk-Nanney Organ in Memorial Church. See the JS Bach Organ Works home page (which is also on our streaming media page)

Wagner letter: The Department of Special Collections has digitized Wagner’s most important letter regarding his compositional methods and the images may be found through the SearchWorks catalog. The letter is in the Memorial Library of Music collection. A project is underway to provide access via SearchWorks to the (small but growing) portion of the MLM collection that has been digitized. Stay tuned.

Donald Pippin Collection: Since 1952 Donald Pippin has been a part of the musical life of San Francisco. He is best known as the founder of Pocket Opera, which started in 1977 with the purpose of making opera more accessible to the average concert goer by presenting opera in unique English language translations with a small chamber ensemble. The Donald Pippin Collection consists primarily of Pippin's English translations of opera librettos available as pdf files. View the finding aid here:

Monthly list of new Reference titles: For your browsing pleasure, I will be compiling monthly lists of new items added to our reference collections. The September list will be sent out shortly.


In the ARS:

New services: In addition to a number of new services now available at the Archive of Recorded Sound, announced earlier this year, the archive is now also including images of original source items when providing digital transfers for research. So if you request a copy of an LP, you will now also get images of the disc labels and sleeve in addition to digital copies of the audio content.      

Phonograph gallery: In addition to its extensive audiovisual and print collections, the Archive of Recorded Sound also maintains a magnificent collection of historic phonographs. Details about these phonographs, along with images and demonstration videos, can now be found on the Archive's website.

Listening parties: The Archive of Recorded Sound will hold its first ever Listening Party on October 17th, 8pm. Attendees will be invited to flick through boxes of duplicate 78rpm records, dating from approximately 1900-1940, to select the ones they would like to hear played on one of the many original phonographs in the Archive, which date from 1910-1930. Free but registration required. More information is available on the Stanford Events website.

Circulating books:  Up until now, all books held in the Archive of Recorded Sound have been reference only, meaning they could not be checked out. However, 1,495 of these books have recently been updated to allow for them to circulate for the first. Circulating books are marked with a green checkmark in Searchworks.

Please contact Ray (Music) or Jon (ARS) if you have any questions or comments.

Thanks all!