The Archive of Recorded Sound is happy to announce that the Strong Museum Collection (ARS-0190) of bound volumes of patents from the Aeolian Company, the Amphion Piano Player Company, and the Mason & Hamlin Piano Company is processed and is now open for research. The volumes cover piano, player piano, organ, and player organ patents filed with the United States Patent Office and the British Patent Office from 1825 to 1926. The volumes provide an extensive technical and historical overview of the inventions, innovations, and improvements in the musical instrument industry during this time period.
Blog topic: New acquisitions
Established in 1965 by the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC), the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) is the world’s repository for small-molecule organic and metal-organic crystal structures. Containing over 900,000 entries from x-ray and neutron diffraction analyses, this unique database of accurate 3D structures has become an essential resource to scientists around the world. The June 2015 issue of CCDC's Crystalline Newsletter covers 50 Years of Sharing Crystal Structures (PDF). In addition to coverage of the published literature, CSD searches also contains data published directly through the CSD as CSD Communications that are not available anywhere else.
A campus-wide site license for CrystalMaker is now available to current students, faculty and staff at Stanford. Used for research and teaching in chemistry, solid-state physics, materials science, mineralogy and crystallography, this package includes three software programs: CrystalMaker, CrystalDiffract, and SingleCrystal. Both Mac and PC versions are available (but not Linux). After installing the software on your personal computer, you do not need to be connected to the Internet in order to use it.
CPE Bach. Keyboard sonatinas from manuscript sources. II : Sonatina in E major, Wq 100 -- Sonatina in D major, Wq 102 -- Sonatina in C major, Wq 103 / Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach ; edited by David Ferris
The Jenny Lind paper doll set is a somewhat unusual and most charming recent acquisition by the Stanford Libraries. The doll, measuring just 10 cm in height, comes with costumes from eight of Lind’s notable opera roles, a “concert-toilette” (recital) gown, and five hair pieces. The chromolithographed opera costumes may reference actual outfits worn by Lind, or, more likely, originate from the designer’s imagination. We do know that the designer took liberties with the doll’s hair color—Lind was decidedly a brunette.
The Music Library is the recipient of a magnificent collection of classical music compact discs donated by Dr. David R. Kessler. The collection consists of 7,701 titles on 9,546 discs resulting from Dr. Kessler’s lifelong love and involvement with music. He began listening to classical music on the radio in New York in his early teens, where he listened to music several hours daily and took notes on what he heard. He also began seriously studying the piano.
Bach, JS. Sechs Suiten für Violoncello solo, BWV 1007-1012 / Johann Sebastian Bach ; herausgegeben von Andrew Talle ; synoptisches Faksimile von Andrew Talle und Jungeun Elle Kim. Neue Ausgabe sämtlicher Werke, revidierte Edition / Johann Sebastian Bach ; Band 4
The Stanford University Libraries received a collection of documents and manuscripts from the conductor, pianist, composer, and music editor, Jacques-Louis Monod. He was born at Asnières-sur-Seine, France on 25 February 1927 and, as a child prodigy, began his education at the Paris Conservatory in 1935. He studied composition principally with René Leibowitz, who was a major influence on his work, and also with composers Olivier Messiaen, Bernard Wagenaar, Boris Blacher, and Josef Rufer.