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WHAT'S THE SCORE?
Newsletter of the Lewis Music Library,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
(617) 253-3109 FAX
Circulation & Reserves Asst.
Collections & Processing
Asst. (617) 253-3974
Reynolds Page 1
Violin Music Donation Page 1
Updated Website Page 2
New Catalog Page 2
BELL Page 2
NEMLA Meeting Page 2
Tours Page 2
Donations Page 3
MIT Groups' CDs Page 3
Bad Jokes Page 3
Roger Reynolds visited MIT on April 26th-27th. Mr. Reynolds
is an internationally acclaimed composer who has been widely performed
and published. In 1989, he won a Pulitzer Prize for Whispers
Out of Time, for string orchestra. His visit, sponsored by a
grant from MIT's Council for the Arts and support from the Music
and Theater Arts Section, resulted from a cooperative collecting
project involving the Boston Library Consortium (BLC). In the fall
of 1999, the 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. Ms.
Larsen visited the library last year and Mr. Golijov may be invited
Reynolds' visit included a visit to the Media Lab, where he spoke
and his music was performed. He toured the Lewis Music Library,
and he met with Peter Munstedt to discuss the library's future acquisition
of his music scores. Mr. Reynolds also met individually with
to discuss their musical compositions. Thanks to John Harbison
for his assistance in making this informative visit possible.
VIOLIN MUSIC DONATION
Lewis Music Library received a major donation containing 2,680 pieces
of violin music from Lois Craig, former Associate Dean of
MIT's School of Architecture and Planning. Her late husband Stephen
Prokopoff, who was a museum director as well as a fine violinist,
assembled this extensive collection from various countries over
many years. Included in the collection are compositions and rare
editions that will be new to our holdings. The collection includes
music from the 18th century on, with a special emphasis on 20th-century
Thompson, Professor of Music and Director of the MIT Chamber
Music Society, called the collection "potentially one of the
most significant in the Boston area. Once inventoried and cataloged,
this will be a valuable resource for teachers, recitalists, historians
(continued on pg. 3 - Violin Music)
MIT LIBRARIES WEBSITE
summer, the MIT Libraries created a new website at http://libraries.mit.edu.
In addition to the revised look, this site is organized to provide
easy access to a wealth of materials. One new feature is the Libraries'
digital reference service, called "Ask
Us! - Live," in which MIT students, faculty, and staff
can ask reference questions of a librarian interactively online.
At present, this service has limited hours. The e-mail version of
Ask Us! provides an answer by e-mail within 24 hours during
weekdays. Of course, phone calls are still welcome!
summer, the MIT Libraries launched a new computer operating system
using Ex Libris library software. The system's components include
cataloging, acquisitions, circulation, reserves, and the public
catalog (Barton). Library users now have a new and improved
online catalog that offers several features unavailable on the previous
system. Information and training sessions on Barton are being 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
anyone would like instruction on the new Barton, please call the
library and set up an appointment (617-253-5636).
BURIED E-JOURNAL LOCATOR LIST
MIT Libraries subscribe to several information services that include
hundreds of journals in electronic full-text versions; they are
listed on VERA
(Virtual Electronic Resource Access) Unfortunately, there has been
no central listing of these journal titles. Now that has changed.
The Libraries have just introduced BELL (Buried E-Journal
Locator List), a listing of all the electronic journals available
to MIT through the various subscription services listed on VERA.
You may be surprised at the number of music titles included. We
have found recent years of journals such as American Music,
Current Musicology, Early Music, Ethnomusicology,
Music & Letters, Perspectives of New Music, and
more, including some titles that we do not receive in hard copy.
This service allows users to enjoy the convenience of viewing articles
from their home or office.
the MIT Libraries pay for many of these databases and e-journals,
access is restricted to MIT faculty, students, and staff. Computers
connected within the campus can view all of these services without
the need for certificates. However, if MIT personnel would like
to see these databases and e-journals from outside MIT, they will
need to obtain MIT certificates.
can be obtained with an MIT identification number and username from
the MIT Information Systems
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
WILL BE TAILORED TO MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS AND CAN LAST FROM FIVE
MINUTES TO AN HOUR. INSTRUCTION ON SEARCHING BARTON CAN ALSO BE
PROVIDED. PLEASE ASK!
ENGLAND MLA MEETING
Lewis Music Library hosted the New England Chapter of the Music
Library Association (NEMLA) on May 18th, 2001. Over 50 music librarians
and staff from throughout New England attended. The meeting opened
not with speeches, but with a wonderful performance of a Taneyev
string quintet movement by MIT Chamber Music Society students
of Marcus Thompson's. Don Byrd (Univ. of Mass.) and Paul
Corneilson (Packard Humanities Foundation) then delivered talks
on "Music Information Retrieval" and "The C.P.E.
Bach Edition and the Future of Scholarly Editions," respectively.
was also a tour of the Lewis Music Library and lunch at the Faculty
Club where William Cutter and members of the MIT Chamber
Chorus performed two Monteverdi madrigals, which whetted everyone's
musical appetite. The afternoon session included a lively panel
discussion, "Why Music at MIT?" led by (continued on
pg. 3 - NEMLA)
(4/01 TO 9/01)
Lewis Music Library is grateful for the generosity of our donors:
Dr. Giselle G. Hamad, Mr. G. Hasha and Mrs. S. Langsdorf, Dr. Bonnie
Van Der Pers, and Ms. Stephanie Wingfield.
Seth Bisen-Hersh, Lois Craig (see article on p.1), William
Cutter, Nolina Gauthier, Dr. and Mrs. Morton Grosser,
the Jarvis Conservatory, Esther Kim, Larissa Kushkuley,
Forrest Larson, Lowell Lindgren, Rajesh Mehta,
MITHAS (MIT Heritage of the Arts of South Asia), the MIT
Office of the Arts, the MIT Muses, the MIT Wind Ensemble,
Music and Theater Arts, Patricia Tang, and Evan
Many Thanks! -
If we have inadvertently omitted your name from this list, please
(continued from pg.1)
alike. That value can only grow as artists explore the depths and
bring to the surface, through live performances and recordings,
the jewels they find."
library will begin to process this music so that it can be cataloged
and made available to our library users. The bulk of the collection
contains music that will circulate, but several early and rare editions
will be housed in the library's Erdmann Special Collections Room.
FROM MIT STUDENT VOCAL GROUPS
Lewis Music Library recently acquired CDs from many of MIT's student
performing groups. Several of these recordings were generously donated
by the groups or by individual members. MIT Cross Products,
MITCAN (MIT African Music and Dance Ensemble), and the MIT/
Wellesley Toons are now
Cover for the Muses' CD, Elysian Fields
represented in our collection for the first time, and we have added
more recordings by the Logarhythms, the Muses, and
the Chorallaries. Many thanks to those groups for making
their CDs available to our users!
(continued from pg.2)
Music Librarian Nina Davis-Millis with music professors Lowell
Lindgren, Marcus Thompson, and Evan Ziporyn.
Larson of the Lewis Music Library delivered a speech on the
Music at MIT Oral History project and played excerpts from that
collection. The meeting concluded with a spirited rendering of sheet
music songs from the Lewis Music 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
BAD JOKES - MUSICAL DEFINITIONS
- From various online sources
Blues: Played exclusively by people who woke up this morning.
Vibrato: Technique used by singers to hide the fact that they are on the wrong pitch.
Opera: People singing when they should be talking.
Rap: People talking when they should be singing.
Lamentoso: With handkerchiefs.
Big Band: 20 men who take turns standing up, plus a drummer
Metronome: A dwarf who lives in the city.
House Music: OK, as long as it’s not the house next door.
Discord: Not to be confused with datcord.
Crescendo: A clue to the performer that he must be playing too loudly.
Flat: This is what happens to a tonic if it sits too long in the open air.
Special thanks to student assistant Tina M. Salmon, ‘02 for her work on the layout and editing of “What’s the Score?