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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

New Digital Collection

The Music Library is proud to announce a new digital collection: The Hemrick Nathan Salley Family Sheet Music collection: In collaboration with the Digital Collections department, two bound volumes of 19th- and early 20th-Century sheet music were digitized using the Zeutschel overhead scanner.

These volumes are focused on two areas: popular piano music from the mid 1800s, and songs for piano and voice related to blackface minstrelsy from 1899 to 1902. The mid 1800s volume contains some of the oldest popular sheet music found in the Music Library, while the minstrelsy volume contains songs that closely relate to works found in the Center for Southern African American Music's (CSAM) collection.

In addition to hundreds of pieces of popular sheet music, the Hemrick Nathan Salley Family Collection contains phonodisc and cylinder recordings, memorabilia, photographs, books, magazines, and musical instruments from the 1800s to the 1980s.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Music Author Recognition

From December 8, 2011 through January 27, 2012, the Music Library hosted the inaugural Music Authors Recognition event, celebrating recent publications and recordings by School of Music faculty. This will be a yearly recurring event. Items on display included books, articles, compositions, arrangements, recordings, and educational materials.

Featured authors: James Ackley, Jennifer Adam, Reginald Bain, Gail Barnes, Craig Butterfield, Neil Casey, Brad Edwards, Charles Fugo, Michael Harley, Julie Hubbert, J. Daniel Jenkins, Peter Kolkay, Bert Ligon, Scott Price, Joseph Rackers, John Fitz Rogers, Greg Stuart, Wendy Valerio, Scott Weiss, and Sarah Williams.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Youth and Music Exhibit

From November through the end of December 2011, the Music Library is featuring special collections items in an exhibit titled "Youth and Music." Throughout the history of classical music, composers have written works to be performed by children, for young audiences' enjoyment, or inspired by memories of youth. Furthermore, much of music history has been distilled for young audiences into educational books about famous composers' lives.

"Youth and Music" features composers Debussy, Bartók, and Handel, child prodigy violinist Camilla Urso, and instructional books about music history and performing in church choirs. The exhibit is located in the upstairs exhibit case in the Music Library, which is located on the second and third floors of the University of South Carolina School of Music.

[Photographs by Kathy Dowell]

Monday, October 17, 2011

Music Publishers Association Exhibit

The Music Library is proud to announce the arrival of prizewinning music from the Music Publishers Association. Each year, the MPA's Paul Revere Awards for Graphic Excellence honor the year's best published sheet music and books about music. This exhibit travels around the country, and has already been featured at Old Dominion University. For two weeks only, October 10 to October 31, 2011, select first prize recipients will be on display in the upstairs exhibit case.

The Paul Revere Awards honor outstanding achievement in cover design, book design, publications for electronic distribution, and notesetting. There are further subdivisions of these categories, with awards for specific types of cover design (e.g. featuring graphic elements or featuring photography) and notesetting, featuring different instruments or orchestrations. So check out our exhibit upstairs to see diverse prizewinning music from John Corigliano, Richard Danielpour, Pablo Casals, and Children of Bodom. You can check out the complete list of winners here:

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Franz Liszt Bicentennial

October 22, 2011 will be the 200th anniversary of the birth of Hungarian pianist, composer, arranger, and conductor Franz Liszt (1811-1886). To celebrate his birthday, the Music Library has mounted an exhibit featuring materials from our special collections. On the second floor of the Music Library, you can see early editions of Liszt's compositions and arrangements, as well as a 19th-Century biography and an "artistic portrait" that imagines his daily life.

Additionally, there is a mini-exhibit of a recently-published graphic novel, Late Romantics, that features Lizst in historical fiction, along with vignettes about Saint-Saëns, Wagner, Berlioz, and Mussorgsky. Late Romantics was written and illustrated by Jack Phinney, Latham Luepke, and Ryan Duderstadt, who comprise Bearskunk Productions in Minneapolis. You can read the whole graphic novel here:

Finally, the Library of Congress is celebrating Liszt's 200th birthday in a big way. Check out their Liszt site to look at some of his music manuscripts and listen to performances of his works in the National Jukebox:

Friday, September 9, 2011

Updated Music Subject Guide

One of our other summer projects here at the Music Library was updating our Music Subject Guide:

Besides using this link, you can get to the Subject Guide from our "About the Music Library" page, or from the general list of LibGuides on the Thomas Cooper Library home page. We hope that you like what we've done.

The Music Subject Guide provides lots of helpful information about how to find anything and  everything in the Music Library, whether you are looking for books, scores, sheet music, journal articles, or audiovisual materials. Additionally, there is helpful information about copyright and proper citation techniques. We have also included a few links to some interesting music Web sites that you might want to check out. Of course, you are always welcome to contact us or visit us if you need help finding what you need.