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A selection of Grünbaum Fund purchases. Photo: L. Barry Hetherington
Former Music Library student assistant Michael Gruenbaum '53 and his late sister Marietta Grünbaum Emont created the Dr. Karl and Mrs. Margaret Grünbaum Fund for Jewish Music History in memory of their parents. Their father was killed in the Holocaust; Michael, Marietta, and their mother were imprisoned in the Terezin concentration camp. Holocaust reparations to the family were used to create this fund which will allow the Lewis Music Library to purchase a variety of Jewish music.
The library has already obtained a wide range of materials by composers and performers such as Burt Bacharach, Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Itzhak Perlman, Stephen Sondheim, Alexander Zemlinsky, and John Zorn. The books, scores, CDs and DVDs purchased through this fund will help to support and strengthen teaching within the MIT music curriculum. Students studying everything from Introduction to Western Music to popular music and film music will benefit from this funding. Materials purchased with this gift are already circulating briskly. Our deepest thanks to Michael for his vision and generosity.
The library is hosting nine events this semester, which include a wide variety of topics, such as play readings, a composer forum, and a concert of students' electronic music. These events attract many people and help the library to be even more active within the MIT community.
Thursday, September 22, 7-9 pm
Thursday, September 29, 4 pm
Ronald P. Grelsamer
Thursday, October 13, 7-9 pm
Thursday, October 20, 5 pm
Tuesday, November 8, 7-9 pm
Monday, November 21, 5 pm
Tuesday, December 6, 12 noon
Monday, December 12, 5 pm
The MIT Libraries joined the Ivy League libraries in the Borrow Direct Library Partnership which will give the MIT community better access to the collections of member libraries. This agreement provides an opportunity to collect music cooperatively so that libraries in the network get the most out of their budgets.
A Contemporary Scores Project has emerged from this partnership which allows each library to focus on collecting the music of certain composers. Scores are ordered and sent automatically to each library. MIT chose over 300 composers as part of this project, and these scores are beginning to arrive in the library now. The combined strength of these libraries' holdings will provide MIT users with a wealth of contemporary music at their disposal.
Two new interviews have been conducted by Forrest Larson. In March, he interviewed Everett Longstreth, Director of the MIT Concert Jazz Band from 1968-1995 and a well-regarded band leader, trumpet player, and arranger. He performed with the Woody Herman Band, the Herb Pomeroy Orchestra, Frank Sinatra and appeared on The Tonight Show and The Ed Sullivan Show. He also taught at the Boston Conservatory.
This past August, Forrest Larson interviewed Barry Vercoe, Professor Emeritus of Music and Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT. In 1973, Professor Vercoe established the MIT Experimental Music Studio, and was a founding member of the MIT Media Lab. His pioneering work in computer music includes the widely used Csound program and the development of technology that enables computers to listen and respond in real time to performers. He has written orchestral, choral, and chamber music as well as innovative works that combine computer-generated sound and live performers. Mark Ethier '01, a former Lewis Music Library Student Assistant and co-founder/CEO of iZotope, Inc., assisted Forrest in the interview.
This fall, Jennifer Peterson was hired as the Oral History project's Administrative/Editorial Assistant. This newly created part-time position will assist with administrative tasks as well as copy editing and research.
The Samuel Jay Keyser and Everett Longstreth video interviews are now available on MIT TechTV: ttv.mit.edu/collections/mitlibraries:2172
The Music at MIT Oral History Project is funded through the generosity of Lionel and Vilma Kinney.
Detail of chant leaf showing art, music, and erasures. Photo: Jessica Liu ’13
In August, a surprise donation was received from Constance Kantar. Her father, Samuel Glaser '25, acquired the remains of a large and beautiful Spanish chant manuscript written on animal skin and probably compiled in several stages between 1400 and 1650. This donation includes eleven large, detached sheets along with the binding (see our Spring 2011 newsletter) which contains the index and a leaf from an unrelated Book of Psalms. Together with digital images of 13 other folios held privately in Boston and throughout the world, students in Professor Michael Cuthbert's Early Music seminar are reconstructing the contents of the original manuscript. Using both traditional and modern techniques of handwriting study and library searching, the undergraduates in the class will bring the results of their labors to the wider world in the form of a web site containing images, essays, and analysis.
An anonymous donor generously provided funding for the library to purchase two
These beautiful facsimiles are being studied by MIT students in Early Music and other classes.
Q. What separates viola players from the apes?
Q. Fritz Kreisler, Nathan Milstein and Jascha Heifetz are in a balloon that's falling to earth. Who gets saved?
A string trio dies in a car crash and goes to heaven. Saint Peter asks them all, "What did you do with your life?"
Donations to the library help us grow in so many ways. The Lewis Music Library is grateful for the generosity of our donors:
Donations to the Dr. Karl and Mrs.
Margaret Grünbaum Fund for Jewish Music History:
Donations to the Lionel Kinney (1953) Music Oral History Fund:
Donations to the Lionel (1953) and Vilma Kinney Music Score Acquisition Fund:
Donations to the John N. Pierce (1954) Memorial Fund:
Donations to the Class of 1982 Music Library Fund:
Gifts in Kind:
The Midnight Flyer, 1903
Library tours are available to alumni/ae visiting the campus. Contact Peter Munstedt who will be happy to show you the library’s facilities and collections.
Make a Donation: Make a Donation: To support the Lewis Music Library, please contact the Lewis Music Librarian, Peter Munstedt (617-253-5636) or donate online at giving.mit.edu/libraries and choose appropriate Music Library fund.
Cate Gallivan, Reserves Assistant
Larson, Access Services/Oral History Project Associate
Moore, Collections Support Associate
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