Newsletter of the MIT Lewis Music Library
Spring 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


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 http://libraries.mit.edu/services/ barton.html. There is also a virtual reference collection on the MIT Libraries' website: http://libraries.mit.edu/services/ 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.


We have just placed standing orders for several new titles. Journals:
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.



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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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