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Newsletter of the Lewis Music Library,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
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Reynolds Page 1
New Grove Online Page 1
CD Sheet Music Page 2
MIT Museum Recordings
NEMLA Meeting Page 2
Bad Jokes Page 2
Donations Page 3
Ex Libris Page 3
Oral History Page 4
REYNOLDS TO VISIT MIT
Roger Reynolds will visit MIT on April 26th-27th. This visit is
a result of a cooperative collecting project involving the Boston
Library Consortium (BLC). Through this project, the holdings of
contemporary music will be strengthened and expanded within the
BLC libraries while avoiding duplication among the libraries. In
the fall of 1999, the MIT Lewis Music Library agreed to collect
the printed music of three important contemporary composers: Libby
Larsen, Roger Reynolds, and Osvaldo Golijov. Several BLC libraries
agreed to purchase the music of other contemporary composers.
addition to collecting this music, the music faculty and staff felt
that the MIT community would benefit by meeting these composers.
Ms. Larsen visited the library last year and Mr. Golijov will be
invited in 2002. Such visits increase student, faculty, and staff
awareness of these composers through their lectures, performances,
and personal interaction.
Reynolds' music has won wide critical acclaim. He has written in
many genres and his music is widely published, recorded, and performed.
In 1989, he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his
Out of Time. While he has written for
traditional instruments, he has also incorporated electronic music
into many of his compositions. Mr. Reynolds has also written books
and articles on music and composition.
Reynolds' visit will include a visit to the Media Lab, where he
will speak and his music will be performed by students. He will
also have a tour of the Lewis Music Library. Students, faculty,
and staff will be given an exciting opportunity to meet this major
NEW GROVE DICTIONARY ONLINE
New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd Edition
contains over 29,000 articles written by the world's leading music
authorities. The electronic version includes links to images and
digital sound. It is updated quarterly and offers a variety of searching
and browsing features. Four MIT music faculty members are contributors:
Ellen T. Harris, Lowell Lindgren, Martin Marks, and George Ruckert.
You can access the New Grove electronically through the Lewis Music
Library's home page (MIT only), or come check out the non-electronic
paper (yes, paper!) version in our reference section.
much shelf space does it take to hold the complete solo piano works
of Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Mozart, Schubert, and Schumann; the
complete piano works of Grieg and Mendelssohn; the keyboard works
and four-part chorales by J.S. Bach; the complete keyboard sonatas
of Haydn and Scarlatti; the complete songs of Schubert; plus several
hundred pages of standard vocal repertoire?
Lewis Music Library recently acquired this music and it takes less
than one foot of shelf space! Thanks to a generous donation
from Leonard Bezark Jr., an MIT alum and a member of the
MIT Council for the Arts, the library recently obtained 17 CD-ROMs
which together contain all this music. They are part of a continuing
series of printable scanned images of public-domain music published
by CD Sheet Music. Users may check out the CD-ROMs for a week and
print the music at their convenience.
What do pirates and trumpet players have in common?
A. They are both murder on the high C's!
Why does Catholic liturgical music have such wide appeal?
A. It was written for the masses.
What is the range of a tuba?
A. Twenty yards if you've got a good arm.
What do you get when you play New Age music backwards?
A. New Age music.
library recently received several hundred sound recordings from
the MIT Museum. Included in these materials are LP records, reel-to-reel
tapes, and even a few 78 rpm records. These recordings contain some
of the major musical events at MIT such as performances of the Tech
Show, MIT Symphony Orchestra, MIT Choral Society, MIT Glee Glub,
MIT Concert Band, Chorallaries, Logarhythms, and others. Among the
highlights of these recordings is the 1955 world premiere recording
of Aaron Copland's Canticle of Freedom, a work commissioned
library will process this collection in the coming weeks. The older
reel-to-reel tapes must be re-recorded before the sound is lost.
Funding will be needed so that CD and archival tape copies can be
made in order to preserve these priceless performances.
ENGLAND MLA MEETING
Lewis Music Library will host the New England Chapter of the Music
Library Association (NEMLA) this May 18th. Over 50 music librarians
from throughout New England are expected to attend. Talks will be
delivered by Don Byrd (Univ. of Mass.), "Music Information
Retrieval" and Paul Corneilson (Packard Humanities Foundation),
"The C.P.E. Bach Edition and the Future of Scholarly Editions."
There will also be a tour of the Lewis Music Library and lunch at
the Faculty Club. The afternoon session will include a panel discussion,
"Why Music at MIT?" led by Nina Davis-Millis with Lowell
Lindgren, Marcus Thompson, and Evan Ziporyn. Forrest Larson
will deliver a speech on the Music at MIT Oral History project and
play excerpts from the collection. The meeting will conclude with
a rendering of sheet music songs from the library's Inventions
of Note Collection, performed by MIT Music and Theater Arts
faculty members William Cutter, Kyle Hoepner, Margaret O'Keefe,
Michael Ouellette, Charles Shadle (piano) and Pamela Wood.
Please contact Peter Munstedt if you would like to attend some or
all of this meeting.
SINCE OUR FALL 2000 NEWSLETTER (THROUGH MARCH 2001)
Altenbernd donated a score and 2 CDs; the Boston Symphony
Orchestra donated 2 commemorative books; Patricia Chute,
daughter of the late MIT professor Roy Lamson, donated her father's
thesis (PhD, Harvard University, 1935) and 14 scores; Stephen
Erdely donated 2 CDs by the Erdely Duo; David Foxe '03
donated a video; Dr. and Mrs. Morton Grosser donated 12 CDs;
John Harbison donated 5 CDs; Fred Harris donated 2
scores and a CD; Jennifer Hendrickson donated a CD; Eleanor
Perrone donated her CD; Lowell Lindgren donated a book,
5 scores, and 11 CDs; Martin Marks donated 2 CDs; MITCAN
(MIT African Music and Dance Ensemble) donated their CD; the
MIT/Wellesley Toons donated their CD; the MIT Council
for the Arts donated 11 CDs; MITHAS (MIT Heritage of the
Arts of South Asia) donated 7 CDs; the Music and Theater
Arts Section donated 13 CDs and 11 cassettes of performances
by MIT music groups; Seth Perlman donated 18 CDs; George
Ruckert donated a CD; the United States Marine Band donated
a CD; Yesterday Service, Inc. donated 1996 music scores;
and several anonymous donations were received.
contributions were also received from several people: Leonard
Bezark Jr. '49 (and MIT Council for the Arts) donated funds
for the purchase of the CD sheet music series on CDROM; Susan
funds for the purchase of music by women composers before 1900;
Dr. Brian E. White '61 contributed to the John N. Pierce
'54 Memorial Fund for the purchase of blues and early music.
monetary donations were received from Michael F. Brescia, Amy
Davidson Plummer, Dr. and Mrs. Morton Grosser, Dr. Christopher Y.
Kim, Peter D. Matthews, Dr. Andrew J. Silver, Dr. C. Robert Sprich,
Dr. Barbara A. Swanson, and Jason Weller.
Many Thanks! -
If we have inadvertently omitted your name from this list, please
FROM YESTERDAY SERVICE, INC.
Service, Inc., a local classical music store, was bought by Cambridge
Music Center in October 2000. Thanks to owner Esther Breslau, their
extra inventory is being donated to some of their library customers.
Nearly two thousand scores have been given to our library. This
gift includes a wide range of music including both major and lesser-known
composers. The large number of 20th-century pieces fits in well
with the library's collection. Our users will enjoy this music,
and we appreciate the generosity of Yesterday Service in making
it available. Thanks also to Rob Bethel, who sorted and delivered
AND INSTRUCTION AVAILABLE
contact Peter Munstedt if you would like a 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!
summer, the MIT Libraries will launch a new computer operating system
using Ex Libris library software. The system's many components include
cataloging, acquisitions, circulation, reserves, and the public
catalog. Library users will see a new and improved online catalog
that will offer several features unavailable on the current system.
Look for information and training sessions to be held this fall.
Other Boston-area libraries are also using Ex Libris software, including
Boston College and Brandeis University. Harvard University is scheduled
to begin their new system with Ex Libris next year.
library has produced a 40-minute CD of selections from 5 hours of
interviews with John Corley, conductor of the MIT Concert Band (1948-1999)
and the MIT Symphony Orchestra (1956-1966). John talks about the
beginnings of the MIT Concert Band and his reasons for programming
only original works for band, which led to his commissioning over
50 new pieces. He also tells of experiences conducting the U.S.
Army Band in Iceland during WWII, and being an active freelance
trumpet player in Boston. These recorded interviews are a lasting
tribute to John's vital creative spirit, wisdom and humor
touched thousands of MIT students and many other musicians, conductors,
and composers who had the good fortune to work with him over his
long career. Excerpts from the CD were played at the MIT Wind Ensemble's
John D. Corley Memorial Concert on March 16th. This CD is available
for listening in the library.
November, two interviews were conducted with Cherry Emerson, MIT
class of 1941. Cherry related his experiences studying piano with
Alfredo Barili in the 1930s, his years at MIT, his professional
career in chemical engineering and later philanthropic support of
music at MIT.
interviews are being done at the request of the Music and Theater
Arts Office with MIT alumni who have pursued musical careers. To
date these have been with composer Adrian Childs '94 and trumpet
player and composer Rajesh Mehta '86 (who will be Artist-in-Residence
at MIT April 25-28).
Larson is planning new interviews to be held this spring and summer.
We hope to obtain funding so that all of the full-length interviews
in this project can be available for listening in the library.
to student assistants Tina M. Salmon '02 and Andrew Beyer
'03 for all their help in formatting the newsletter.
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