WHAT'S THE SCORE?
Newsletter of the MIT Lewis Music Library
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-
Peter Munstedt, Music Librarian, 617-253-5
636; fax 617-253-3109
INVENTIONS OF NOTE CONCERT
The Second Annual Inventions of Note IAP Concert was another resounding success.
This year's concert featured music mostly from the 1870s with topics ranging from railroads,
streetcars, and electricity to the short-lived medical invention of blue glass.
Vocalists Ellen Harris, Margaret O'Keefe, and Pamela Wood (sopranos),
Kyle Hoepner and Michael Ouellette (tenors), and Charles Shadle (piano)
provided spirited performances of this rarely-heard music. The library's Audio Preservation
Studio will produce a compact disc of this concert that will be available on reserve later
this semester. If you missed the concert, please come by and listen to this entertaining
music. Let's hope that Charles & Company will return for a millenium concert next year!
Also, check out the new Inventions of Note web site
available through the Lewis Music Library's home page. Thanks to a grant from MIT's
Council for the Arts, 50 pieces have been scanned and will be available in PDF format.
This will allow our users to print clear copies for study and performance. Audio clips will
be available for a few of these pieces as well.
In recent years, we have been bombarded with information - much of it in electronic formats.
The Internet has changed the way we find information of all sorts. Things have really changed
when even your plumber tells you to check out his website! The MIT Libraries have been keeping
up with these new trends in electronic information. This fall, the Libraries created a web
version of Barton, the library online catalog at
barton.html. There is also a virtual reference collection on the MIT Libraries' website:
virtualref.html. The Lewis Music Library website links to RILM Abstracts of Music Literature as well as other helpful databases and resources.
Because of their busy schedules, some faculty members have a hard time keeping up with the
electronic information explosion. (Students are another story, of course - most of them are
far ahead of the rest of us!) In order to help out, Peter Munstedt is willing to visit
faculty in their offices to give one-on-one instruction at their computers. So think of
everything you have been afraid to ask and contact Peter (x3-5636) to set up a meeting.
The Lewis Music Library has received wide attention as a beautiful new facility. In order to
introduce the library and its collections to a wider audience, a virtual tour is being created
on the library's website. This tour will include approximately 35 color photographs of the
library along with helpful information. Visitors will be able to wander through the library
just by clicking their mouse. This tour will be available in early April. We hope you'll
enjoy this virtual tour - but, of course, everyone is also encouraged to come visit the
real thing in person!
In 1997, Dr. Susan L. Kannenberg '61 began to donate funding to purchase music scores
and CDs of women composers prior to 1900. Until this gift, women composers represented a
small, not especially strong presence in our collection. With a limited budget, we had been
unable to obtain as much as we wanted in this growing area. With Dr. Kannenberg's funding,
a new collection began to be cultivated and she has kindly continued her support. To expand
this collection further, the MIT Libraries contributed an additional $2,000 this past year
for the purchase of scores and CDs of 20th-century women composers. MIT Music
Faculty member and composer Elena Ruehr, who taught a new class "Women in Music" during
the fall semester, is helping select the music. Thanks to this additional funding, our
collection of women composers will be strengthened considerably and our users will be able
to study and enjoy music not previously available to them.
IN MEMORIAM: Eileen Elizabeth Borland
It is with sadness that we report the death of Miss Eileen E. Borland on October 20, 1998,
at age 96. Miss Borland worked at MIT from 1943 until her retirement in 1972 and was in
charge of the Music Library during its formative years in the 1950s and 1960s. She worked
closely with members of the music faculty to build a strong music collection practically from
scratch. Her dedication and strong library skills helped to establish the Music Library as
an essential component of the MIT community.
We are glad that Miss Borland saw the new Lewis Music Library when she visited here last
year. She was delighted to see the renovated library and to know that the collections she
had helped to acquire were still an essential part of the new facility. Although most of
our library users don't know it, they are often indebted to Miss Borland for those scores,
books, or recordings they just checked out. Her influence will remain with us.
Progress has been made in creating an inventory for the collection of recordings donated
by Professor Emeritus David M. Epstein. Staff from the Institute Archives are
currently working on this project. ... Lucine Barsamian, Simmons Library and
Information Science student and Senior Library Assistant in Document Services, is completing
an inventory of our Lawrence C. Erdmann Special Collections Room. This list will be available
on the Lewis Music Library home page and through the virtual tour. ... The CD recorder,
purchased through the generosity of Cherry Emerson '41, is now in our Audio
Preservation Room. We will begin to burn CDs this semester. ... Professor Emeritus Stephen
Erdely will be participating in the library's oral history project this semester. He
will be the initial participant in this newly-established project. ... A new exhibit featuring
music by MIT faculty composers has been assembled in our display case. This display includes
pieces in score, LP record, and compact disc formats. Faculty composers, we need to collect
more of your music; you are encouraged to contact Peter to discuss this with him! ... Special
one-time funding from the MIT Libraries has just been obtained to purchase the following
items: The complete Mozart edition (180 CDs); Music of the new American nation,
sacred music from 1780-1820 (scores, 15 vols.); and The encyclopedia of popular
music, 3rd edition.
NEW SERIAL ORDERS
We have just placed standing orders for several new titles.
African music journal. Current issue and continue
Chamber music. 1999 and continue
Early music America. Vol. 5, 1999 and continue
Film score monthly. Vol. 4, 1999 and continue
Jazziz. Monthly, with compact disc. 1999 and continue
Strings: the magazine for players and makers of bowed instruments. 1999 and continue
Naxos American classics. Compact discs. No. 1 and continue
Sibelius, Jean. Werke/Works (JSW). Scores. First volume and continue
Walton, William. Works. William Walton edition. Scores. First volume and continue
During the past several months we have been fortunate to receive a number of exceptional
donations. Such gifts enable the library to expand the depth and scope of its holdings.
Thanks very much to the following donors: Mrs. Ruth Kaplan and the Kaplan
Family donated the extensive library of her late husband Dr. Irving Kaplan, MIT Professor
of Nuclear Engineering. This fine collection consists of 167 music books and 480 music scores,
mostly piano music. Thirty-one pieces of flute music, including many titles not held by the
library, were donated by Lisa Downing. Music faculty member Lowell Lindgren
added to the depth of the listening collection by giving us 20 CDs. Music faculty member
Martin Marks obtained a grant from the Kelly-Douglas Fund and a matching
donation from Music and Theater Arts purchased more compact discs and videos to
support the class in film music. Other donations of materials were received from Peter
Child, The Chorallaries of MIT, Joseph Cirello, The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, Mary
Emerson-Smith, David M. Epstein, John Harbison, John Holland, The Jarvis Conservatory, Susan
L. Kannenberg, Martin Marks, MITHAS (MIT's Heritage of the Arts of South Asia), Berislav
Popovic, Charles Shadle, and Juhan Sonin.
Generous cash donations were also received from several MIT alumni and other donors over the
past year. Our sincere thanks to: Dr. Richard J. Breed, Mr. Kelly M. Clifford, Dr. Libby
Cone, Dr. Irvin S. Englander, Dr. Robert Grill, Mrs. Janet Grosser, Dr. Morton Grosser, Mr.
Mark W. Hessler, Dr. Douglass S. Kalika, Ms. Gayle Schlea Koch (for the Class of 1982
Music Library Fund), Ms. Deborah J. Kreuze, Mr. D. Karl Landstrom, Mr. Peter D.
Matthews, Dr. Fredric L. Milder, Mr. Jonathan D. Miller, Mr. Gerald Nykolak, Mr. Alan W.
Peevers, Mrs. John N. Pierce (for the Pierce Memorial Fund), Ms. Amy Davidson
Plummer (for the Class of 1982 Music Library Fund), Mr. Kurt W. Roth, Mr. Jason
Weller (for the Class of 1982 Music Library Fund), Dr. Brian E. White (for
the Pierce Memorial Fund), and Mr. Kenneth J. Winograd.
MORE REALLY BAD JOKES
Q. Why are violins smaller than violas?
A. They're really the same size. Violinists' heads are larger.
Q. What do a clarinet and a lawsuit have in common?
A. Everyone is relieved when the case is closed.
Q. How many drummers does it take to change a light bulb?
A. None. They have these great machines out now that can do anything a drummer can do.
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