News, February 2015

Greetings music folks,
Presenting quarterly news from the Music Library and Archive of Recorded Sound, for your perusal.
Update on the Great Flood:
On December 11, the library experienced a minor flood on the lower level. The water came in the emergency exit door and filled the lightwell. The water was about a foot above the bottom of the glass on the outside windows of the lower level at its highest level, producing a sort of aquarium effect, that overflowed onto the interior walls and on to the floor. The lower lever had about an inch of water covering the floor throughout the score section up to where the compact shelving starts. Water also entered the elevator shaft. Fortunately, no library materials were wet or damaged due to the quick work of the library staff. Facilities crews also quickly employed wet-vacs to remove the water and installed fans and dehumidifiers. Over 1000 gallons of water was removed from the elevator shaft and disposed of as hazardous waste due to contamination with oil.
Work began immediately to repair the walls and to dry and clean the carpet. The work continued through the winter vacation period resulting in minimal disruption to library services and use. All construction and cleaning was completed by January 23, and all collection materials were reshelved by the end of January. Preventive measures have been taken by changing a valve in the drain system in hopes that future heavy rains will not result in flooding of the library.
SAL3 transfer project:
The Music Library adds an average of 250 linear feet of new materials to the shelves each year. In response to our overstuffed state, we began moving lesser-used materials to SAL3. Since the beginning of Fall quarter, we have transferred nearly 14,000 titles, predominantly scores. For comparison, during the previous year we transferred about 24,700 items. By early summer we expect to transfer about 10,000 more. This will complete the current project to make onsite scores easier to find; we will follow this with a strategic materials shift to accommodate future growth. All transferred materials are available for paging back to campus on a 1-2 working day turnaround. 
Recent acquisitions:
Mimi Tashiro reports the following acquisitions news: During Fall 2014 we acquired a number of rare materials which will be kept in the Music Library or Special Collections, Green Library. 

Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Alte deutsche Lieder. Heidelberg, Frankfurt: Mohr u Zimmer, J.C.B. Mohr, 1806-1808.

Works by and about Joseph Haydn:

Essai historiques sur la vie Joseph Haydn, ancient maître de chapelle du prince Esterhazy, membre associé de l’institut de France, et d’un grand nombre d’académies. Strausbourg: Dannbach P.J., impr., 1812.

Die Jahreszeitin, nach Thomson, in Musik gesetzt von Joseph Haydn.  Wien: Gedruckt mit v. Kurtabek’schen Schriften, [1801]. The libretto issued for the first public performance on May 19, 1801.

Oeuvres d’Haydn en partitions . A Paris: Chez Pleyel, [1802?]

Collection des quatuors originaux. Leipzig: C.F. Peters , [18--] Parts.

Works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:

From the collection of Joseph Lateiner:  Volumes II (Douze Thémes varies pour le Pianoforte), VIII (VI Pièces pour le Pianoforte), and X (IV Sonates pour le Pianoforte, Violon et Violoncelle) of Breitkopf and Härtel’s early “complete” edition, ca. 1798-1800.

Missa pro defunctis, Requiem. Klavierauszug von D.F.G. Schwenke. Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, [1818-1819]

Music Department publications:
New publications by Music Department faculty, staff, students, and alumni continue to arrive.
In our blog stream:
Rare Haydn materials in the Stanford Libraries: a summary (this links to 10 individual posts describing rare items in the Memorial Library of Music)
News from the Archive of Recorded Sound:
Archival recordings from CCRMA now streaming online:

The Archive of Recorded Sound and Stanford Media Preservation Lab recently worked to digitized and make available a number of historic performances from Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics.  More info:

Newly unearthed video of Theremin's visit to Stanford in 1991:

In September 1991, numerous pioneers of electronic and computer music, including Robert Moog and Max Mathews, convened at Stanford during the University's centennial weekend (Sept 27-29, 1991) for a concert and symposium honoring the then 95 year-old inventor of the first practical electronic musical instrument, Leon Theremin. Video of this weekend has recently been found in the ARS and digitized. Contact the ARS if you would like to see this rare material. More info:

Alyssa Hislop joins the ARS:

Alyssa Hislop joined the Archive of Recorded Sound as Project Sound Recording Cataloger on January 20th, 2015. Alyssa's main responsibility will be to begin the immense task of cataloging the Denis Condon Collection of Reproducing Pianos and Rolls, part of the recently announced Player Piano Project (

Announcing the Player Piano Project:

The Stanford Music Department and Archive of Recorded Sound recently announced the launch of the Player Piano Project at Stanford University. The Player Piano Project will promote study and research into all aspects relating to the player piano and organ, especially as they relate to historically informed performance practice of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. More information, including a number of introductory videos, can be found at
And finally, staff notes:
Nancy Lorimer assumed a temporary two-year appointment as Interim Head of the Metadata Department, based in Lathrop Library.  She reports to Phil Shreur, who is now Interim Assistant University Librarian for Technical and Access Services (and is also an alum of the Music Library staff).
Aurora Perez, longtime Operations Manager in the Archive of Recorded Sound, has returned to work after a period of illness.  Welcome back, Aurora!
Many of you got to know Zhang Jihong, Associate Professor and Reference Librarian at Shanghai Conservatory, who spent a year with us as a visiting scholar.  Jihong's focus of study was on best practices in American music libraries; her investigations here will result in a detailed report and recommendations for her institution.  Jihong and her family also spent time visiting other active music libraries including those at Harvard, Yale, Juilliard, and Cal.