Mozart Libretti Online

The Mozar­teum Foun­da­tion Salzburg offers in its Mozart Libretti – Online Edi­tion a dig­i­tal edi­tion of the tex­tual sources of the vocal works by Wolf­gang Amadé Mozart accord­ing to aca­d­e­mic cri­te­ria. The edi­tion appears within the Dig­i­tal Mozart Edi­tion, which is cur­rently being devel­oped by the Mozar­teum Foun­da­tion Salzburg in coop­er­a­tion with the Packard Human­i­ties Insti­tute in Los Altos, California.”

View the works at the Mozart Libretti Online Edi­tion.


Info Sessions — Summer Institute in the Arts & Humanities

There are still plenty of spots avail­able in the upcom­ing Info Ses­sions for the Sum­mer Insti­tute in the Arts & Human­i­ties. The first info ses­sion is this Thurs­day, Feb­ru­ary 13. All stu­dents inter­ested in apply­ing to the Sum­mer Insti­tute are encour­aged to attend. Bring your Sum­mer Insti­tute ques­tions and learn more about the appli­ca­tion process, what you can expect if you are selected, and what our expec­ta­tions are for students.

Sum­mer Insti­tute Infor­ma­tion Ses­sions will be held on the fol­low­ing dates:

Thurs­day, Feb­ru­ary 13 — 4:30–5:30 pm
Thurs­day, Feb­ru­ary 27 — 4:30–5:30 pm
Mon­day, March 3 — 12:30–1:30 pm

All ses­sions will be held in Mary Gates Hall 171.

Reg­is­ter here:

The Sum­mer Insti­tute in the Arts & Human­i­ties selects and sup­ports twenty UW under­grad­u­ates (Seat­tle, Both­ell, & Tacoma) to engage in inten­sive research projects under the guid­ance of four inter­dis­ci­pli­nary instruc­tors on the UW Seat­tle campus.

Stu­dents selected to par­tic­i­pate in the Sum­mer Insti­tute in the Arts & Humanities:

  • engage in inten­sive schol­arly work under the guid­ance of four instructors
  • are named Mary Gates Schol­ars and receive a $4,000 schol­ar­ship to help defray costs of participation
  • earn 12 aca­d­e­mic cred­its over terms A & B of Sum­mer Quar­ter (are eli­gi­ble to receive finan­cial aid if applicable)
  • present their final projects in the Sum­mer Insti­tute Symposium

This year’s Insti­tute invites stu­dents to explore rich his­to­ries of Native strug­gles, con­tem­po­rary (trans)national Indige­nous social move­ments, and reper­toires of decol­o­niz­ing artis­tic, cul­tural, and intel­lec­tual pro­duc­tion. Stu­dents will also explore the long-standing double-bind that Indige­nous peo­ples face: their prac­tices are seen as out-of-place (or dan­ger­ous) by the rules of settler-societies and “inau­then­tic” when they employ the log­ics and lan­guages of dom­i­nant mar­kets and states. We wel­come stu­dent projects that explore top­ics that include (but are not lim­ited to) Indige­nous social move­ments, encoun­ters between Euro­pean and Native epis­te­molo­gies (in debates over archae­ol­ogy, genet­ics, nature, and reli­gion), con­trast­ing colo­nial and Native tem­po­ral­i­ties, and Native artis­tic pro­duc­tion (includ­ing lit­er­a­ture and the visual, plas­tic, and per­form­ing arts).

Celebration of Witold Lutosławski Year

Thurs­day, Feb­ru­ary 27, 2014 — 7:00pm
Bre­chemin Auditorium
The UW Pol­ish Stud­ies Endow­ment Com­mit­tee joins the cel­e­bra­tion of Witold Lutosławski’s cen­te­nary and presents the life and music of the great Pol­ish com­poser.  Lutosławski, a pre-eminent Euro­pean artist of the 20th cen­tury, will be shown in a doc­u­men­tary made recently by two inter­na­tional experts on his music, Esa-Pekka Salo­nen and Steven Stucky, who took a trip to Poland to explore aspects of the artist’s life.  After the film, the rich Par­tita for Vio­lin and Piano will be per­formed by School of Music stu­dents Allion Abra­ham Sal­vador and Josh Archibald-Seiffer. Finally, acclaimed pianists Dr. Ivona Kamin­ska and Dr. Christo­pher Bowlby will per­form a peren­nial favorite — Lutosławski’s Vari­a­tions on a Theme by Paganini for Two Pianos.
Intro­duc­tion:  Prof. Huck Hodge
For more infor­ma­tion, please see the Slavic Lan­guage & Lit­er­a­tures’ website.

Praxis: Doing Scholarship Digitally; February 11th 12:30–1:15 Presentation Place, Research Commons, Allen Library South.

We’re All Ama­teurs Now”

Brian M. Reed (Pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish and Com­par­a­tive Lit­er­a­ture) will dis­cuss how dig­i­tal tools and access to social media out­lets have grad­u­ally trans­formed his sense of what con­sti­tutes research and schol­ar­ship in the human­i­ties. Why con­tinue to write books that sell (if you’re lucky) five hun­dred copies when a blog post or online open access arti­cle can reach many more peo­ple? If we aban­don print for born-digital projects, though, what are we los­ing and gain­ing? Do human­ists have to retrain and mas­ter com­puter pro­gram­ming, sta­tis­tics, and inter­face design? Do they have to blog, tweet, and oth­er­wise try to draw atten­tion to them­selves in an entre­pre­neur­ial fash­ion if they want to have an impact inside and out­side of the acad­emy? Will they learn to col­lab­o­rate more fre­quently with peo­ple in other fields than in the past? What chal­lenges and oppor­tu­ni­ties face human­ists as they try to pre­serve and curate hun­dreds of years of cul­tural arti­facts that are analog-based and, in many cases, swiftly dete­ri­o­rat­ing (cel­lu­loid film, video­tape, pre-digital pho­tog­ra­phy)? What stan­dards should we use to eval­u­ate new forms of schol­ar­ship and research?

5 Things You Need to Know About Opera Before This Super Bowl

Some peo­ple seem to have a prob­lem with the fact that there’s an opera singer singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Peo­ple like this guy, (who’s he?) and this guy, who calls him­self a reporter and should know bet­ter. So here are sev­eral pieces of infor­ma­tion you should know about opera before you see Renee Flem­ing belt out the national anthem Sunday.”

Find out more at Huff­in­g­ton Post.

New Finding Aid to Mozart Vocal Music

The Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton Music Library is pleased to share the new find­ing aid for the Eric Offen­bacher col­lec­tion of Mozart vocal record­ings.  Record­ings in the Offen­bacher Mozart Col­lec­tion include Mozart oper­atic arias and ensem­bles, con­cert arias, lieder, and sacred music of Mozart.  This exten­sive col­lec­tion includes over 1500 record­ings on 78 and LP.  Offen­bacher, a col­lec­tor of Mozart record­ings and man­u­scripts, donated his record­ing col­lec­tion to the UW Music Library in 1978.  His man­u­scripts and book mate­ri­als became Har­vard University’s “Bib­lioteca Mozartiana Eric Offen­bacher.”  Spe­cial thanks to music librar­ian John Gibbs for his work orga­niz­ing and pre­serv­ing this impor­tant col­lec­tion and to Mark Carl­son for his assis­tance set­ting up the find­ing aid.

For a full list of Music Library spe­cial col­lec­tions, please see the Music Sub­ject Guide.

Join the Music Library Student Advisory Group

Do you use the Music Library or Music Library mate­ri­als?  Help us shape Music Library spaces and ser­vices by join­ing the Music Library Stu­dent Advi­sory Group (MLSAG).  The MLSAG meets quar­terly for an hour so the time com­mit­ment is low.  We’re look­ing for new under­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate stu­dent mem­bers.  Inter­ested in join­ing?  Email Music Out­reach Ser­vices Librar­ian, Ver­letta Kern at

Claudio Abbado, an Italian Conductor With a Global Reach, Is Dead at 80

Clau­dio Abbado, a con­duc­tor whose refined inter­pre­ta­tions of a large sym­phonic and oper­atic reper­tory won him the direc­tor­ships of sev­eral of the world’s most revered musi­cal insti­tu­tions — includ­ing La Scala, the Lon­don Sym­phony Orches­tra, the Vienna State Opera and the Berlin Phil­har­monic — died on Mon­day at his home in Bologna, Italy. He was 80.”

Read about Abbado’s life at the New York Times.