The Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University announces the launch of its American Vernacular Music Manuscripts (AVMM) website. Built as part of a three-year project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and undertaken in partnership with the American Antiquarian Society, the AVMM site makes available for the first time hundreds of American music manuscripts from the 1730s to 1910.
The complementary collections of the Center for Popular Music and the American Antiquarian Society are among the largest and most significant holdings of such material in the nation. Approximately 350 unique, handwritten manuscripts were included in the project, totaling more than 17,000 pages of music.
The manuscripts were all scanned in high resolution to archival standards for preservation, with the images stored at the Internet Archive. The AVMM website serves as a front page and search engine for the images, where users can search by year, song title, subject, origin, creator, and keyword.
For more information, please visit the AVMM website: http://popmusic.mtsu.edu/ManuscriptMusic
This week-long intensive writing retreat will bring together a group of graduate students who are interested in making significant progress on their dissertations during the interim between Spring and Summer Quarters with a supportive group of tutors and librarians.
In order to apply for a spot, submit your application through our Catalyst site:
Applications are due: Friday, April 3rd at 5 pm
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“UW Libraries has opened up a new multimedia space on the third floor of Allen library for the use of students, faculty and staff. It’s called the mediArcade, and is open weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to those with a Husky card.”
For more details, please see UW Today.
“Does the name Jan Antonín Koželuh mean anything to you? It doesn’t register even to most classical music geeks. But Albrecht Mayer would like to change that.
Mayer, the Berlin Philharmonic’s principal oboist, chose a concerto by Koželuh and works by three other forgotten 18th-century composers for the new album Lost and Found. Mayer solos in the concertos and conducts the Kammerakademie Potsdam.
How did he discover these neglected composers? Online, of course. At least that’s where his research began.”
For the full story, please see NPR.org.
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“Many scientists have speculated that Beethoven had an arrhythmia (an abnormal heart rhythm), and some of his music is evidence of that. It seems that certain parts of the opening of the Piano Sonata in E-flat major (Opus 81a) were “transpositions” of irregular heart rhythms.”
For the full story, please see Newsweek.
“The fourth release of material in the New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives — the multiyear initiative to digitize the Orchestra’s extensive archives, funded by the Leon Levy Foundation — has been completed, with all existing Philharmonic printed programs, from the first concert in 1842 to the present, now available online, and current printed programs being added every concert week.”
For the full story, please see Library Journal.
“The door to room 5 at the University of Washington School of Music is solid wood, nothing to distinguish it from other classrooms.
But inside this cramped space is a collection of unusual instruments, handcrafted to play one man’s music.
They were built by American composer Harry Partch, who relied on a musical system called ‘just intonation.’”
For the full story, please see KUOW.
“We have lost Robert Leland Scandrett. He died suddenly, in his Seattle home, of heart failure.
Bob was born in 1925, into a loving family in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He grew up as a musician, an accomplished pianist in his childhood and youth, then turning to choral conducting professionally. Bob married Sandra Rotton Scandrett in 1966 and they loved each other through many choirs, troves of music students, and a wealth of beautiful friendships for all the years until his death. Bob leaves behind a rich legacy for love, community, and music.”
Read the full account of Scandrett’s life.
Grad Students and Postdocs: Is your research on play? Are you looking for opportunities to present your work, and build your C.V.? Interested in getting feedback on your presentation style? Want to connect with graduate students outside your discipline?
Submit a short, 150-word proposal by Tuesday, February 11th at Noon (deadline extended) to present at Scholars’ Studio: Play Research at the Commons on March 5th. Scholars’ Studio is a fun, informal event that features lightning-style presentations (5 minutes each) given by graduate students and postdocs doing research on topics related to an interdisciplinary theme.
This quarter, we’re looking for proposals from across disciplines that touch on our theme, “play”. Need ideas? Think: interaction, performance, creativity, improvisation, cooperation, games, psychology of play, movement, recreation, sport, problem-solving.
Hosted by the UW Libraries Research Commons and The Graduate School Core Programs, Scholars’ Studio gives students the opportunity to share their research across disciplines, make connections and build presentation skills.
Learn more and submit a proposal here: http://commons.lib.washington.edu/scholarsstudio