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Score notes (detail)

New music scores and facsimiles, September 2015

September 25, 2015
by Ray Heigemeir

For your browsing pleasure, we present the following list of new scores added to composer complete editions, historical sets, and facsimiles:

Modern editions

Bach, JS. Kammermusik mit Violine / Johann Sebastian Bach ; herausgegeben von Peter Wollny. Bd.3.

Eisler. Film music to Nuit et brouillardGesamtausgabe = Complete edition / Hanns Eisler. Ser.VI, Bd.23.

Gluck. L'Arbre enchanté, ou, Le Tuteur dupéSämtliche Werke / Christoph Willibald Gluck. Ser.4, Vol.10.

Rite of Spring, facsimile (detail)

New music scores and facsimiles, Summer 2015

August 31, 2015
by Ray Heigemeir

For your browsing pleasure, we present the following list of new scores added to composer complete editions, historical sets, and facsimiles: 

Modern editions:

Rossini. Sei Sonate a Quattro per Violini, violoncello e contrabbasso. Edizione critica delle opere di Gioachino Rossini / comitato di redazione, Bruno Cagli, Philip Gossett, Alberto Zedda (ser.6/4)

Schönberg. Serenade, op. 24. Sämtliche Werke / Arnold Schönberg ; herausgegeben von Josef Rufer (Abt. VI: Kammermusik, Reihe B, Bd. 23/1)

Recording date on a Welte-Mignon roll label

Dating Welte-Mignon piano rolls

August 26, 2015

How do you know a publication date? For most books, simply look for the copyright or edition information at the beginning. For mass produced modern CDs, check the edge of the disc surface for the “p date”, or maybe it will be in the booklet inserted into the container. But what about piano rolls for reproducing and player pianos? Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound’s Player Piano Project faces this question. The publication date certainly isn’t stamped on the label, yet we need it.

Theremin demonstrating his instrument, Stanford University, 1991

Missing footage of Theremin at Stanford found

Earlier this year, I reported on recent work the Archive of Recorded Sound (ARS) had undertaken to preserve video footage of Leon Theremin's visit to Stanford in 1991. In addition to participating in a symposium during his visit, hosted by the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), Theremin was also the guest of honor at a concert held in Frost Amphitheater on September 27, 1991 during the Stanford Centennial Finale Weekend. The video footage preserved by the ARS earlier in the year unfortunately only included part of this notable concert. It was found to be missing some key performances, including an arrangement of Rachmaninov's Vocalise, featuring Theremin's daughter Natasha Theremin playing the vocal parts on her father's instrument, accompanied by Max Mathews conducting the orchestral parts with his radio batons. This footage was presumed lost...until now. 

New shipment for Condon Collection arrives

August 10, 2015

Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound just received its latest shipment of important material for the processing of the Player Piano Project: new boxes. To provide the best security and archival conditions (like temperature control!) for our piano rolls, they will be stored at SAL3, a high-density preservation facility in Livermore, California. Patrons interested in researching particular rolls will still have access, simply contact the Archive of Recorded Sound and we will request the rolls be shipped here for you to use.

Paddy Moloney and Seán Potts. cover of Tin Whistles.

Irish folk music revisited

July 30, 2015
by Benjamin E. Bates

The Archive of Recorded Sound (ARS) has recently begun cataloging Irish folk music recordings donated by the family of Thomas Quilter. The collection features items representing a significant span of Irish and Irish-American music from the 1910s to the 1980s and a progression in performance practices leading up to and including the revival of Irish traditional folk music.

Pietro Mascagni

Cavalleria rusticana: Mascagni's smash hit

October 28, 2015
by Ray Heigemeir

Cavalleria rusticana, original manuscript by Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945); libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci after a play and story by Giovanni Verga. Memorial Library of Music, MLM 651.

Cavalleria rusticana premiered on May 17, 1890 at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome, one of three winners of a one-act opera competition sponsored by the publisher Sonzogno (the other two winners were Labilia by Nicola Spinelli and Rudello by Vincenzo Ferroni).  The young Mascagni was hesitant to enter; his wife Lina ended up sending the manuscript without his knowledge. This manuscript now resides in Stanford's Memorial Library of Music.

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