Fall 2000
Newsletter of the Lewis Music Library,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

New Acquisitions

Lewis Music Library
Building 14E-109
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
(617) 253-5689
(617) 253-3109 FAX


Forrest Larson
Circulation & Reserves Asst.
(617) 253-0982

Christina Moore
Collections & Processing Asst.
(617) 253-3974

Peter Munstedt
Music Librarian
(617) 253-5636


New Look for Newsletter p.1
DVD Format Arrives p.1
New Journals p.1
More Bad Jokes p.2
New Acquisitions p.2
Wish List p.2
Books24x7 p.3
Virtual Tour p.3
Tours & Instruction p.3
Donations p.3
Oral History p.3
Did You Know? p.3
Electronic Journals and
NEMLA at MIT p.4


This issue of "What's the Score?" begins a new format. With the wide availability of the Web, we have decided that "What's the Score?" will be distributed in a new way. Everyone on our mailing list will be sent the four-page newsletter which will contain news and announcements - and, of course, the much-requested jokes section. The lists of selected new acquisitions will only be available in a Web-based version, at http://libraries.mit.edu/music (click on "New Titles"). This is a rather lengthy list, and in order to save printing and mailing costs (as well as a few trees!), we felt that the time had come to convert to this electronic version.

The entire newsletter will be available on the Web (same Web page, and click on "What's the Score?"). Anyone who would prefer not to receive the print version should notify us; likewise, if you do not have access to the Web and need a paper copy of the entire newsletter, please let us know. We hope that this change will prove acceptable to all.

Thanks to student assistant David Foxe for his help in designing the new layout for our newsletter.


This spring, the library purchased two new DVD players and a few DVDs. As many of our readers will know, the first DVDs on the market were mostly popular films which we do not collect. Fortunately, more DVDs of opera are now being issued, as well as motion pictures used in 21M.284, Film Music. We should be able to add many more DVD titles to our holdings in the future as new releases appear. Let us know if there are DVDs you would like us to purchase.


Several new journals have arrived. Our subscription to the journal African music began with vol. 7 no. 4, 1999; we will try to fill in the previous numbers of vol. 7. A subscription to Asian music will begin with vol. 32 no. 1, which is due in November 2000. We now subscribe to the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, beginning with vol. 11, 1997. This title is behind in publication but we have been told that vol. 12, 1998 and vol. 13, 1999 are both expected to be out in 2000. Until the next issue is received, look for this title on the current journal display racks. We have also entered a subscription to the Beethoven Forum and are ordering back volumes.


[Note: the following jokes were written or discovered by student assistant David Foxe, who insists he really is an architecture major.]

Q. Why was the trombonist excited about the new park equipment?
A. He heard they were getting some new slides.

Q. Why is Bach's harpsichord music bad for your teeth?
A. Too many suites!

Q. Why was the sweepstakes company giving away wind ensemble and percussion music?
A. It was a "no strings attached" offer.

Q. When Petrushka graduated from college, what was his degree?
A. He double majored in C and F#.

Q. Why did John Cage always do so well with piano?
A. He was prepared.

And finally:
A gentle reminder from a violist to his violinist and cellist colleagues, lest they become smug:
All viola jokes can be transposed up a fifth and down an octave.

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This spring, the Lewis Music Library was fortunate to obtain special one-time funding through the MIT Libraries for the purchase of two substantial collections that will add significantly to our score and recording holdings: the Richard Strauss Orchestral Works, volumes 19-30 of the Richard Strauss Edition (call number M3.S912 1996), along with a bonus facsimile of Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche (ML96.5.S913.T55 1999 [Special Collections]); and "Great Pianists of the 20th Century," an impressive collection of 200 CDs in 100 vols. (PhonCD G797 pi).

Other recently received large sets include the Chopin "Complete Edition" (18 CDs, cataloged separately) and The Blue Note Years on 14 discs (call number PhonCD J B625 not). Our collection of wind ensemble music on CD grew due to the generosity of United States Marine Band and the United States Army Field Band. For a list of recent acquisitions, see our web site: http://libraries.mit.edu/music and click on "New Titles."


The following items are on our "wish list." We hope to acquire these more expensive materials through special library funding and/or individual donations:

A Dictionary-Catalog of Modern British Composers (3 vols., $250)

New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition (29 vols., $3950 until December 31st)

Béla Bartòk: Facsimile edition of the Dance Suite for Orchestra ($142)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Facsimile edition of the 5th Symphony ($295)

Gustav Mahler: Facsimile edition of the Seventh Symphony ($295)

Igor Stravinsky: Facsimile edition of the Three Pieces for String Quartet ($185)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra: The First 100 Years (12 CDs, $195); In the Twentieth Century (10 CDs, $225); Reiner, Solti, Martinon, and Chicago Symphony Chorus collections (10 CDs, $175)

Duke Ellington Centennial edition: complete RCA recordings 1927- 1973 (24 discs, $367)

New York Philharmonic: An American Celebration (10 CDs, $185); Bernstein Live! (10 CDs, $195); The Historic Broadcasts, 1923-1987 (10 CDs, $185); The Mahler Broadcasts, 1948-1982 (12 CDs, $225)

Philadelphia Orchestra Centennial Collection: Historic Broadcasts and Recordings, 1917-1998 (12 CDs, $200)

Arthur Rubinstein: The Rubinstein Collection Limited Edition (94 CDs, $1,399)

Let us know if you would like to obtain any of these items for the library. Books or scores purchased with gift funds receive a bookplate with the donor's name. Other ways to support the Lewis Music Library and the MIT Libraries include named endowments to enhance the collections, funding for facilities, and support for technology. Please contact Peter Munstedt for more details.


The MIT Libraries now subscribe to Books24x7.com, providing full- text access to over 600 e-books covering computer technologies and applications, including:
* networks & protocols
* operating systems
* programming
* web development and more. So far we have found only three music books, but others will follow. Try http://libraries.mit.edu/get/books2 4x7


The Lewis Music Library's home page now includes a new virtua l tour. Designed in conjunction with MIT Libraries Web Manager Nicole Hennig and her assistant Marion Leeds Carroll, this is the first such tour for a library at MIT. Its format will serve as a model for other libraries on campus to follow. Please take our tour at: http://libraries.mit.edu/music/tour/


If a virtual tour is not enough, please contact Peter Munstedt for a real tour of the library. Tours can be given as part of music classes or to any individuals interested in learning about our collections and facilities. Tours can be tailored to meet your requirements and can last from 5 minutes to an hour. Instructions on searching Barton can also be provided. Please ask!


The Centro Studi Musicali "L.Marenzio" donated a score; Raymond Fahrner donated a CD of the Cambridge Madrigal Singers; John Harbison donated 8 CDs, including one of his music; S. Ellen Hietala donated a video; Lowell Lindgren donated 20 books and 2 CDs; Martin Marks donated a piece of sheet music for our Inventions of Note collection, a CD, and four DVDs; The MIT Council for the Arts donated 8 CDs; MITHAS (MIT Heritage of the Arts of South Asia) donated 15 CDs of Indian music; Oxford University Press donated a score by Libby Larsen; Gardner Read donated 5 scores of his music; George Ruckert donated a CD; Prof. Sever Tipei of the University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign donated a CD of his experimental music; the U. S. Army Field Band sent 6 CDs and 6 videos; the U. S. Marine Band donated 17 CDs of recordings from 1889 to the present; Christine Yang donated 2 CDs of music conducted by her father, Rin-Jong Yang; Evan Ziporyn donated 3 CDs of his compositions and performances, including one of MIT's Gamelan Galak Tika.

The Lewis Music Library also received generous monetary donations from Dr. Bonnie Van Der Pers, Dr. Giselle G. Hamad, Suzanne E. Hirschman, Dr. C. Robert Sprich, and Kenneth J. Winograd.

- - - - Many Thanks! - - - -


The Lewis Music Library's Music at MIT Oral History Project was established in 1999 to document the distinguished history of music at the Institute. The recorded in-depth audio interviews with current and retired Music and Theater Arts faculty, staff and former students are conducted by Forrest Larson. Subjects interviewed to date include former MIT Concert Band conductor John Corley, ethnomusicologist and violinist Professor Emeritus Stephen Erdely, and former MIT Festival Jazz Band director Herb Pomeroy. The interviews illuminate their substantial musical careers, and they have fascinating reflections on the subject of music at MIT. All three are also great storytellers.

During the coming year, interviews are planned with more retired and senior faculty as well as selected alumni who were active in music at MIT during the 1940's to 1970. A sampler CD of excerpts from interviews is planned for later this semester; and full interviews on CD should be available for use in the library by next summer. If you or someone you know is interested in being interviewed, please contact Forrest Larson.


The gate count of the Lewis Music Library since it opened on October 26, 1996 exceeds 250,000!

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Some subject areas have seen many print journals become available in electronic format. The number of music e-journals, however, has remained relatively small. Recently, the MIT Libraries have obtained some music journal titles in full-text electronic format, including American Music; Computer Music Journal; Music Analysis; and Organised Sound.

MIT also provides access to some useful databases for music searching. Two of the databases that focus on music are RILM Abstracts of Music Literature and Doctoral Dissertations in Music Online.

WorldCat lists over 43 million bibliographic records, including music books, scores, and recordings, from academic and research libraries such as the Library of Congress. Other databases that might help your music searches are available at http://libraries.mit.edu/db/music.

Due to licensing agreements, some of these e-journals and databases are not available to users outside of MIT. If you have MIT certificates on your computer, you should be able to gain access at: http://libraries.mit.edu/vera. At this site, note the link listing shortcut URLs for your future convenience. Alumni/ae and others who cannot access these e-journals and databases can view the MIT Libraries' list of free databases at

http://libraries.mit.edu/services/ alumni.html by scrolling down to the section called "Databases and Electronic Journals."


MIT will be hosting the New England Chapter of the Music Library Association (NEMLA) this spring. Music librarians from throughout New England will attend lectures, participate in committee meetings, and be given a tour of the Lewis Music Library. We also hope to include one session highlighting music at MIT. The meeting is planned for Friday, May 18th, 2001.

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