Music

New streaming audio database available

Posted November 23rd, 2011 by Christie Moore

Classical Music Library

Classical Music Library is now available to the MIT community. This database contains over 90,000 tracks from labels including ASV, Bridge, EMI Classics, Hänssler Classic, Hyperion, Virgin Classics, and many more. It covers music written from the earliest times (e.g. Gregorian Chant) to the present and includes vocal and choral music, chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental, and opera.

“It’s Alive” Staged Reading #3: Elfriede Jelinek’s ‘Illness or Modern Women’

Posted October 27th, 2011 by Mark Szarko

VampireTuesday, Nov 8, 7-9 pm in the Lewis Music Library (14E-109)

It’s Alive!
A series of staged play readings by students
in collaboration with professional actors
curated by Anna Kohler, Senior Lecturer, MIT Music and Theater Arts
presents

Illness or Modern Women
by Elfriede Jelinek
Nobel Prize for Literature, 2004

Join us for a staged reading of Elfriede Jelinek’s play, read by Jay Scheib, Associate Professor of Music and Theater Arts, Tanya Selvaratnam, and MIT students.

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Lewis Music Library: 617-253-5636.

Library events during Family Weekend, Oct.14–16

Posted October 7th, 2011 by Heather Denny

The MIT Libraries welcome MIT families to campus during Family Weekend 2011!  We invite you to join us for these special library-sponsored events:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2011

 

10:00-10:45 a.m.: Lewis Music Library Open House

14E-109, Lewis Music Library
Visit the Lewis Music Library and find out why this is such a popular place on campus.  Renovated in 1996, this library features striking architecture and an impressive collection of music: 37,000 scores, 16,00 books, and 24,000 recording including classical, world, jazz, popular, folk, electronic, and film music.

3:00-4:15 p.m.: MIT 150: Inventional Wisdom in Video
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Relax and enjoy some popcorn while viewing a collection of short videos celebrating and capturing MIT’s sesquicentennial.  The program will feature a documentary short on the evolving student experience at MIT, and a selection of MIT150 events including 300 student musicians performing at the Next Century Convocation.  Refreshments will be served.  Hosted by MIT Libraries/Academic Media Production Services

While you’re here please stop by any library location and say hello. Visit the original library reading room under the Dome in Barker Library, take in views of the river from Hayden Library, or learn about MIT history in the ‘Technology’ through Time exhibit in the Maihaugen Gallery. We hope you enjoy your visit!

Welcome back! Check out what the Libraries did over your summer vacation.

Posted September 22nd, 2011 by Heather Denny

The MIT Libraries have been working hard during your summer vacation. Here are some of the new things you can look forward to this fall:

New resources

Library hours & study space

Upcoming Events

View the What we did on your summer vacation flyer (pdf).

Staged Reading of Medea’s Nurse by Alan Brody

Posted September 16th, 2011 by Mark Szarko

Thursday, Sept. 22, 7-9 pm in the Lewis Music Library (14E-109)

It’s Alive!
A series of staged play readings by students
in collaboration with professional actors
curated by Anna Kohler, Senior Lecturer, MIT Music and Theater Arts
presents
Medea’s Nurse by Alan Brody

Bette Warren still lives in her own home although she knows she has the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Her grandson, who has been away for ten years returns and this sets off a series of self discoveries for Betty, her daughter Charlotte, and Adam, her grandson.

Alan Brody is a Professor of Theater Arts at MIT.

Upcoming reading dates in the “It’s Alive” series: Thursdays, October 13 and November 17

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Lewis Music Library: 617-253-5636.

Into the Sky with Diamonds: book discussion with author

Posted September 7th, 2011 by Christie Moore

Thursday, Sept. 29, 4-5 pm in the Lewis Music Library (14E-109)

grelsamerRonald P. Grelsamer, M.D. will discuss his book, Into the Sky with Diamonds: the Beatles and the Race to the Moon in the Psychedelic ’60s. NASA Astronaut and MIT Professor Jeffrey A. Hoffman will also participate in this event.

Dr. Grelsamer is Chief, Patellofemoral Reconstruction at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, email Peter Munstedt or call 617-253-5636.

Mobile music: QR codes in Music Library

Posted August 25th, 2011 by Remlee Green

American Song mobile site

QR code for jazz music

Posters scattered throughout Lewis Music Library direct users to listen to streaming music on their mobile devices by scanning QR codes.  Each poster highlights a different genre from Alexander Street Press music databases (Contemporary World Music and American Song).

Tips:

  • Make sure you’re connected to the “MIT” network on your mobile device (not the “MIT Guest” network) before scanning.
  • Only 3 users can listen to music at the same time, so if you’re turned away, try again later!

Interested in trying more new tools & services?  See all of our betas & widgets!

Fund for Jewish Music History established at MIT’s Lewis Music Library

Posted July 25th, 2011 by Heather Denny

Lewis Music Library, photo by L. Barry Hetherington

MIT Libraries is pleased to announce the creation of the Dr. Karl and Mrs. Margaret Grünbaum Fund for Jewish Music History at MIT’s Rosalind Denny Lewis Music Library. The fund was established with a gift from Michael Gruenbaum ’53 and his sister, the late Marietta Grünbaum Emont, in memory of their parents.

The Grünbaum family’s personal experiences with the Holocaust were at the heart of their decision to make the gift. Michael and Marietta’s father was killed in the Holocaust and they were imprisoned with their mother at the Terezin concentration camp. They later immigrated to the United States in 1950, at which point Michael enrolled at MIT. While at MIT, Michael worked part-time at the then newly-established music library with MIT’s first music librarian, Duscha Weisskopf, also a Holocaust survivor. Weisskopf spoke at MIT at a private dedication for the Fund earlier this summer.

Funded by Holocaust reparations received by the family, the Grünbaum Fund will enable important scores, recordings, video and written material by or about Jewish musicians, composers and writers to be purchased and shared with a new generation of students. Numerous materials have already been acquired and been made available to the Library’s users. The collection will continue to grow in the coming years and serve as a valuable intellectual asset for the MIT and Jewish communities.

The Rosalind Denny Lewis Music Library is located in Building 14E-109 and is open to the public.  Summer hours are Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

True or false: The MIT Libraries only have academic stuff.

Posted June 9th, 2011 by Heather Denny

Library Myths sets the record straight, debunking common misconceptions about libraries. The premiere episode reveals things you never knew you could check out of the MIT Libraries.



MIT Tech TV

Longer CD/DVD loans on summer weekends

Posted May 25th, 2011 by Christie Moore
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New CD: PhonCD B758 ech

Take advantage of a few extra days when you borrow music CDs and DVDs over the summer! Since the Lewis Music Library will be closed Saturdays and Sundays beginning Memorial Day weekend, CDs and DVDs borrowed on a Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday will be due the following Monday (by closing, 5 pm). Limit of 5, no renewals.

See lists of the newest music books, scores, CDs, and DVDs: Recent Additions to the Collections

The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109 and library hours are posted on the web.

New CD set: Leonard Bernstein Symphony Edition

Posted May 20th, 2011 by Christie Moore

A new set of CDs has begun to appear in the Lewis Music Library: a 60-disc set of the conductor’s symphonic recordings with the New York Philharmonic from 1953 to 1976.

The first few are ready to circulate and the rest will follow as they are cataloged. Search by call number (PhonCD B458 lbsym v.1-) or keep an eye on Recent Additions to the Collections (page loaded weekly).

Music CDs and DVDs circulate for 3 days to members of the MIT community (limit of 5, no renewals). The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109 and library hours are posted on the web.

Classical Scores Library now available

Posted May 2nd, 2011 by mit-admin

Classical Scores Library is now available to the MIT community. This database contains over 400,000 pages of classical music scores, manuscripts, and previously unpublished material, allowing for the study and analysis of more than 25,000 musical scores.

http://libraries.mit.edu/get/escores

Sonorous Currents, live electronic music: May 4, 4 pm

Posted April 27th, 2011 by Christie Moore

Come hear a performance of new music for live electronics with laptops, iPhones, circuits, and other sonological mechanisms in the Lewis Music Library from 4:00-5:00 pm on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Students from Visiting Assistant Professor Christopher T. Ariza’s Music and Technology class will share their compositions.

Wednesday, May 4, 4 – 5 pm
Lewis Music Library 14E-109
For more information: 617-253-5636

Browse the newest music CDs and DVDs!

Posted April 22nd, 2011 by Christie Moore

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Now you can browse the Lewis Music Library’s newest CDs and DVDs! A display rack in the reading room holds 40 of the most recently received discs. Bring your choices up to the service desk to check them out.

Music CDs and DVDs circulate for 3 days to members of the MIT community (limit of 5, no renewals).

See lists of the newest music books, scores, CDs, and DVDs: Recent Additions to the Collections

The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109 and library hours are posted on the web.

Digital library partnership gives MIT access to additional online resources

Posted April 20th, 2011 by Heather Denny

The MIT Libraries have recently joined HathiTrust, a partnership of over fifty academic libraries that share the ambitious goal of building a comprehensive digital library of their shared collections.

Started in 2008, the HathiTrust digital library currently contains over 8.5 million digitized volumes representing the collections of partner institutions. HathiTrust’s collections include both copyright and public domain materials digitized by Google, the Internet Archive, and Microsoft, as well as partner institutions.  Founded by twelve universities from the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, the University of California system and the University of Virginia, the partnership has now grown to include fifty-five institutions.  MIT and Harvard are two of the most recent universities to join.

Through the HathiTrust website, the public can search the full-text of 8.4 million digitized volumes, and get full online access to 2.2 million volumes that are in the public domain.  With the MIT Libraries membership, the MIT community will have the added benefit of being able to download full volumes of public domain works in PDF format, and also build and share collections using the Collection Builder feature.  Access will be provided to MIT users, with authentication through Touchstone, later this year.

Joining HathiTrust is one of several steps the MIT Libraries have recently taken to expand access for MIT faculty and students to print or digitized resources beyond the holdings of MIT.  In January, the Libraries announced their membership in Borrow Direct, a partnership with Ivy Plus libraries that gives the MIT community access to nearly 50 million print items. In February, MIT and Harvard libraries jointly announced an expanded alliance to explore collaborations for sharing library materials, advancing digital preservation collections practice, and developing future off-site storage facilities and services.

“In today’s interdisciplinary learning environment, it’s essential for our faculty, students and researchers to have access to an even wider array of information resources than ever before.  By collaborating with other outstanding research libraries, we can offer the resources necessary to support the cutting edge research and education that is MIT’s hallmark,” said MIT Director of Libraries, Ann Wolpert.

Wolpert added that it is important for universities to take a leading role in shaping digital libraries. “Libraries have been stewards of the scholarly record for centuries,” she said.  “We’re committed to the long haul.”

The MIT Libraries are actively involved in open access initiatives that support MIT’s mission to make scholarly knowledge openly available to the world.  Partnering with HathiTrust, an organization committed to collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge, is in line with the Libraries principles of supporting the long-term curation of the cultural record, and furthering global scholarship and research.

New CD: Musical London c.1700: from Purcell to Handel

Posted April 12th, 2011 by Christie Moore

A beautiful CD of 18th-century music from England was recently received by the Lewis Music Library:

musical london

PhonCD H988 mus

Click on the image to see the Barton catalog record.

Music CDs and DVDs circulate for 3 days to members of the MIT community (limit of 5, no renewals).

The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109 and library hours are posted on the web.

MIT in Popular Culture . . . at the MIT Libraries

Posted April 4th, 2011 by Lois Beattie

Paniponi Dash

You’ve probably noticed that MIT pops up all over the place in popular culture. Good Will Hunting? Check. Bringing Down the House? Already read it. But did you know that there’s an MIT reference in the musical Rent? And have you ever watched Paniponi Dash or read The Gadget Maker? You can check out all these and more at the MIT Libraries.

The Gadget MakerTo help celebrate MIT’s 150th anniversary, we’ve found many of these books, CDs, and DVDs–from the obscure and out-of-print to the biggest blockbusters–in our stacks, and added a few we didn’t already have. Take a look at this guide to check out representations of MIT in books, films, TV shows, and music.

Violin music concert Friday, April 8th

Posted April 1st, 2011 by Christie Moore

violinDon’t have tickets to Opening Day at Fenway? Join us at the library on April 8th instead!

The 9th annual Prokopoff violin music concert will be held in the Lewis Music Library from 1:00-2:00 pm on that day. MIT students will perform music chosen from the more than 2,000 violin scores given to the library in 2001 by Stephen Prokopoff’s widow Lois Craig, former Associate Dean of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning. Director of Libraries Ann Wolpert will toss out the opening pitch and introduce the starting lineup. Play music!

Friday, April 8, 1 – 2 pm
Lewis Music Library 14E-109
For more information: 617-253-5636

iPad 2 at Lewis Music Library!

Posted March 14th, 2011 by Christie Moore

iPad 2

Want to try out the new iPad 2? The Lewis Music Library has purchased a Wi-Fi iPad 2 for circulation to MIT faculty, students and staff. It contains over 100 music apps along with an iTunes library holding over 3,000 audio clips from the library’s recently-received CDs. It circulates for 4 hours (no renewals or overnight loans). First come, first served.

The iPad 2 was purchased with money from the Class of 1982 Music Library Fund.

The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109 and library hours are posted on the web.

New Maxwell Davies opera CD at Lewis Music Library

Posted March 7th, 2011 by Christie Moore

A CD of the first complete recording of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ opera Taverner was just received by the Lewis Music Library:

PhonCD D288 tav

Click on the image to see the Barton catalog record.

Music CDs and DVDs circulate for 3 days to members of the MIT community (limit of 5, no renewals).

The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109 and library hours are posted on the web.