News, April 2014

Greetings music folks,
We present the latest news from the Music Library and Archive of Recorded Sound:
Exhibit: Treasures of the Archive of Recorded Sound. Autographed photographs of famous recording artists from the Archive of Recorded Sound's photographic collection, accompanied by copies of notable original, often rare, recordings made by each artist on 78rpm disc, piano roll, or transcription disc. Links are provided to listen to many of these recordings via your smartphone or tablet, so be sure to bring you favorite device along!
The Stanford Libraries recently purchased a collection of 214 libretti of French operas and ballets in first and early editions, from the 17th-19th centuries. The major concentration is in 18th-century material, with significant representation of the works of major composers of the period, Dalayrac, Duni, Grétry, Lully, Monsigny, Philidor, Alexandre Piccinni and Nicolas Piccinni. This collection expands and deepens the already strong collection of similar materials in the Music Library and Department of Special Collections.
The Donald Pippin Collection has been processed and a finding aid is now available online. 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. The finding aid is viewable on the OAC site.
Using feed readers:  We'd like to highlight a post, Why I use a feed reader (and why you should, too!) about using feed readers to efficiently follow news feeds, current e-journal tables of contents, and new arrivals in Searchworks related to your areas of interest. Response has been very positive, and we encourage you to consider setting up this useful current awareness tool (Ray can help you with this).
The latest list of newly-arrived Stanford faculty, student, staff and alumni publications is available for browsing. Included are a total of 20 books, scores, recordings and articles.  If you haven't already done so, please send Ray a note about your forthcoming publication(s) so that they may be added to the list on arrival.
The March 2014 update to Oxford Music Online includes several important additions to New Grove Online, including new articles from the 2nd edition of AmeriGrove and the Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments. Also, there is a call for participants in Oxford's "Update GMO" program, "a major program to ensure that Grove content remains authoritative and useful to researchers".
New carpeting! At long last, the Library and Archive are scheduled to be re-carpeted over the summer season. Say goodbye to the old mauve and grey and hello to... [the new color shall remain a secret]
In streaming news, Naxos Music Library and Naxos Jazz upgraded their media players to an HTML5 player.  It displays more track information, and is compatible with all mobile devices.  There have been some incidental reports of tracks freezing and other problems but this has not been widespread.  If you encounter problems, please report them to Ray, who will pass them along to our Naxos representatives.  Also, note that you can switch between new and old players using the link in the top right corner of each player. continues to provide the latest intriguing performances streamed live to your computer. Follow this link to browse upcoming concerts, and to peruse recent performances that are still available.
Finally, see what we've added to our reference collections in February and March:

Historical dictionary of romantic music / John Michael Cooper with Randy Kinnett

Collectio operum musicalium quae in Bibliotheca Kinsky adservantur / composuit Eliška Bastlová
Best wishes for the Spring Quarter!
Ray and Jon