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The Conjured Life docent tour

Art & Spec materials exhibited in Cantor's "The Conjured Life: The Legacy of Surrealism"

January 18, 2017
by Peter P Blank

During the late Spring and early Summer of 2016, Jodi Roberts, Halperin Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art, and Sean O'Hanlan, a 5th year Ph.D. candidate in Art History who is writing on Surrealism, viewed the subtantial holdings of Surrealist printed material and ephemera held by the Bowes Art & Architecture Library. After numerous viewings and planning sessions with Peter Blank, Senior Librarian, and additional examinations of material held by Special Collections, Jodi and Sean selected thirty-eight Art Library pieces and two Special Collections pieces for inclusion in "The Conjured Life: The Legacy of Surrealism," a loan show traveling from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

Mario Paci

New exhibit at the East Asia Library - Mario Paci: An Italian Maestro in China

January 17, 2017
by Joshua Capitanio

January 23, 2017 - April 22, 2017

Located in the entrance hall of the East Asian Library, "Mario Paci: An Italian Maestro in China" features an exhibition of of selected materials from the Mario Paci Papers, a collection of documents, photographs, and musical scores donated to Stanford University Libraries in 2013 by Floria and Alexander Zaharoff, Paci's daughter and grandson, with the assistance of Stanford professor Jindong Cai.  This important collection of documents is held in Stanford University Libraries Special Collections, and has recently been digitized.     

2016 NGAC

NGAC releases transition documents

January 13, 2017
by Julie Sweetkind-Singer

The National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) has released three documents of interest to the geospatial community.  Two of the documents were written to aid in the transition to a new administration in Washington, DC.  The third document is an overview of emerging technologies that will impact the geospatial landscape in the near- and mid-term future.  Taken together, these works provide a broad overview of the thinking of the NGAC members as they look forward to the next few years in the geospatial sector.

The autograph from the 17th century manuscript of Purcell’s Te Deum & Jubilate for Voices and Instruments Made for St. Cecilia’s Day 1694. “Fini, Mr. Henry Purcell.”

Purcell remembered: The history of the autographed manuscript of Purcell’s Te Deum & Jubilate for Voices and Instruments Made for St. Cecilia’s Day 1694

December 15, 2016
by Ray Heigemeir

Henry Purcell. Te Deum & Jubilate for Voices and Instruments made for St. Cecilia’s Day 1694

Memorial Library of Music, MLM 850

Guest blogger: Michael Evans Kinney

While not much is known about the early St. Cecilia’s Day celebrations circa 1683, England’s premier composer, Henry Purcell (1659-1695), wrote many pieces for the festivities. In 1694, he wrote one such piece, titled Te Deum & Jubilate for Voices and Instruments made for St. Cecilia’s Day 1694. The landmark work sets an English translation of the St. Ambrose Hymn and revolutionized church music with its scoring for violins, viola, basso continuo, and two trumpets, with soloists and choir.

The Carter Family, 1927

Introducing the Bear Family Records collection

December 6, 2016
by Benjamin Lee Stone

Founded by Richard Weize in 1975, the German re-issue label Bear Family Records has been a leader in reissuing lavishly produced box sets of American roots music, with a particular focus on American country music (and related genres) from the 1920s through the 1980s.   Bear Family’s box sets are impeccably curated, with recordings sourced from the best known copies, or master tapes whenever possible.  The reissued recordings are accompanied by extensively researched discographies and book-length liner notes. Bear Family recordings have been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, including 17 ARSC (Association for Record Sound Collections) Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research and 6 Grammy nominations.

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