Newsletter of the MIT Lewis Music Library
Fall 1999

Lewis Music Library, 14E-109
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
Lewis Music Library Home Page: http://libraries.mit.edu/music

Forrest Larson, Circulation and Reserves As sistant, 617-253-5689, 253-0982
Christina Moore, Processing Assistant, 617- 253-3974
Peter Munstedt, Music Librarian, 617-253-5 636; fax 617-253-3109

New Acquisitions


Three years ago on October 22, 1996 the new Lewis Music Library opened its doors after having undergone a complete renovation. Reviews of the new library were glowing, and the library even won an award for its creative architecture. Not surprisingly, use of the library increased dramatically. The door count has doubled since the opening - it already has reached nearly 200,000! Circulation statistics also reveal heavy library use. The number of items checked out of the library last year numbered approximately 40,000. No doubt the Lewis Music Library will continue to be a popular place on campus due to the renovation and the library's fine collection. Continued thanks to Mary and Cherry Emerson and all of the other donors who helped in creating this wonderful library.


The library has begun an oral history project in which music faculty members will be interviewed about their experiences at MIT and their own careers. By documenting these individuals, this library will preserve a wealth of information not otherwise available. Forrest Larson has conducted interviews with retired music faculty members Stephen Erdely and John Corley. Interviews with other faculty will take place in the coming school year. These interviews will be available for listening in the library on compact disc. Rather than producing written transcripts of these recordings, each CD will be thoroughly indexed by topic. Faculty and students will be encouraged to use these fascinating documents in their research.


In December, 1998 the family of the late Irving Kaplan, MIT Professor of Nuclear Engineering, donated 480 music scores and 167 music books to the library. Nearly the entire gift consisted of piano music from the classical and romantic periods. Most of this music has already been cataloged and added to our collection. This summer Mrs. Kaplan sent us another 56 scores, this time of 20th-century piano music. Our thanks to the Kaplan family for their generosity in allowing our users the opportunity to study and enjoy this music.


The MIT Libraries are now offering off-campus access to many of our licensed electronic resources. From our Databases and Electronic Journals pages, items followed by a icon are available to the MIT community from off-campus through your own Internet account. See frequently asked questions (FAQ) for details on how to set up your computer for access. For answers to technical questions, contact: off-campus@mit.edu

Databases: http://libraries.mit.edu/databases
Electronic Journals: http://libraries.mit.edu/ejournals
Off-Campus Access to Electronic Resources FAQ: http://libraries.mit.edu/faq/remote.html


By popular request, we have created a new dimension to our New Books & Scores Display. A folder containing a list of selected new acquisitions on compact disc, video, laserdisc, and CD-ROM is now posted on this table and updated frequently. We also added those acquisitions listed in our newsletters from the past two years. You can also access this information through the library's home page where our newsletters are available from 1994 on.

This newsletter's Recent Acquisitions list contains a large number of scores and recordings by women composers. The increase is a result of special one-time library funding and private donations aimed at improving this part of our collection.


We continue to receive a variety of generous donations from our library users and other friends. We appreciate their help in building our collection.

Lucine Barsamian donated the CD entitled Lebanon: Monitor presents the Baalbek Folk Festival featuring Fairouz. We were given the compact disc and libretto of Space Opera, a children's opera by MIT alum David Bass. The Centro di Studi Musicali "Luca Marenzio" of Brescia, Italy sent a score of masses by Giovanni Contino, vol. 20 from the series Monumenti Musicali Italiani. Peter Child donated a score of his Doubles, for piano (1999). Petra Chong gave us copies of The Norton Scores, 7th edition (2 vols) and The Norton Recordings, 7th edition (8 CDs). James F. Dunham donated a Sony TCC-788-4 reel-to-reel tape deck to be used in our audio preservation room. Prof. Emeritus David M. Epstein brought in a book and some issues of the American Brahms Society Newsletter. Dr. and Mrs. Morton Grosser sent us 12 compact discs ranging over a wide variety of music styles. John Harbison brought in 15 CDs, including 3 discs of his compositions. Mrs. Irving Kaplan sent in a box of 56 scores of 20th-century piano music. D. Carl Landstrom sent us two CDs of pianist Ernst Levy playing Beethoven and Liszt which he re-recorded from LP records of the Music at MIT series from Kresge Auditorium during the 1950s. Prof. Levy was a member of the MIT music faculty. Catherine LeLièvre brought in the compact disc La Donna Musicale which contains 2 works by 18th/19th century women. Lowell Lindgren gave us 2 books and 24 compact discs, including 10 titles on the Titanic label. Marisa Manchado donated her CD Años Después: música electroacústica. Martin Marks donated a CD of Vivaldi's La Cetra and one of Lassus, Music Dei Donum and Lauda Sion. Arthur Mattuck of the Math Department gave us the parts to the Carl Nielsen string quintet Kvintet for strygere, G-dur, 1888. The MIT Experimental Music Studio donated 2 copies of Digital Rewind, the double CD celebrating their 25th anniversary. Charles Shadle gave us three pieces of sheet music for our Inventions of Note Sheet Music Collection: "A Ride in a Jitney for Mine" by Edward I. Boyle, "I Didn't Raise My Ford to be a Jitney" by Jack Frost, and "In an Airship Built for Two" by Ray Hibbeler. George Tsirkas sent us a piece of MIT history in the form of the sheet music "Mother Tech: an Ode to Technology," dedicated to MIT and "especially written for the pageant celebrating the completion of the new buildings, June 13, 1916." Pamela Wood brought in 16 books and 8 cassettes. Maestro Rin-Jong Yang donated 5 CDs of music with himself conducting. Marek Zebrowski gave us a copy of his latest CD, on which he is piano accompanist for Schumann's Dichterliebe and his own composition Leaving Alexandria (1997). Evan Ziporyn donated 18 scores of his music.

Generous monetary donations were also received from: Dr. Libby Cone, Sara Gaucher, Dr. Christopher Y. Kim, Gayle Schlea Koch, Robert B. Millard, Paul C. Paternoster, and Kenneth J. Winograd.



Q. What is the difference between the first stand of violas and the third stand of violas?
A. About a measure and a half.

Q. What do you get when you drop a piano on an army base?
A. A flat major.

Q. Why was the soprano staring at the orange juice container?
A. Because the label said "CONCENTRATE."

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