From the Stacks: a box of delights

This is the first of a new series of posts where we take an item or two from the thousands in the music stacks which has caught our eye for one reason or another and home in to find out more. I have chosen two, completely unrelated, works from a box of unbound music in the MRA.210 sequence resting quietly on the shelves underneath the Anderson Room which I came across when fetching something else for a reader. (It’s far too easy to get sidetracked here…).

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So many bicycles: Tour de France and the Cambridge Cycle of Songs

School choirs getting ready

School choirs getting ready

On Monday 7th July 2014, the Tour de France Stage 3 started in Cambridge en route to London.  It was a gloriously sunny day, and members of the Faculty of Music were up bright and early to help with a celebration of the event in song from the steps of the Fitzwilliam Museum. Continue reading

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A bicycle made for….

Charley the bicycle pet. A1879.888

Charley the bicycle pet. A1879.888

With the Tour de France about to sweep through Cambridge I’ve been musing about bicycles in the music collections here at the UL. One item that always appears whenever there’s a tour of the department is Charley the bicycle pet. Composed around 1878 by Thomas Gregory, the cover is one of the earliest colour illustrations of a penny-farthing bicycle in the UK. Continue reading

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Cambridge Composers : Richard Causton

The series Cambridge Composers focuses on composers who have or had a connection to Cambridge, or the University of Cambridge. Some of them were students here, whilst others are or were teaching composition in MusiCB3 land.

Richard Causton

Richard Causton (Photo: Katie Vandyck)

Richard Causton has been University Lecturer in Composition since 2012. Causton’s most well-known composition teacher was Franco Donatoni. His time studying with the Italian composer (who died in 2000) also informs Causton’s teaching on Italian music since 1950. Causton’s music has been published by Oxford University Press which makes his music widely available. However, one of the ideas of featuring all the composers who currently teach at the University of Cambridge (in addition to Causton, Jeremy Thurlow and John Hopkins) was also to highlight the fact that the Music Collections in Cambridge hold a representative number of scores by these teachers, so a local student can more easily study each of the three composers’ works before making a decision about whom to approach as a supervisor for a composition portfolio. Continue reading

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A different kind of FA: Hans Keller and football

Keller's notes of the draw for the 1966 World Cup. [From the Hans Keller Archive, Cambridge University Library]

Keller’s notes of the draw for the 1966 World Cup. [From the Hans Keller Archive. Reproduced with the kind permission of Cambridge University Library]

No, we’ve not taken leave of our senses here in the Music Department, we simply can’t resist the opportunity of a Certain Sporting Event taking place at the moment to highlight yet another facet of the multi-talented Hans Keller: that of football fanatic.

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A Song sung before the King

A Song sung before the King, by N. Staggins (image© CUL)

A Song sung before the King, by N. Staggins
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Dr. Nicholas Staggins (d. 1700) became Professor of Music at Cambridge University in 1684. He was the first in a continuing line of eminent musicians, composers and musicologists to hold this very prestigious position.

Since the Music Department is very interested in all things related to Cambridge (and music) we were very pleased indeed when we were able to acquire: “A Song sung before the King at Kensington on the 4th. of Novemb. being his Majesties Birth day; The words by Mr. Shadwell and set to Musick by Dr. Nicholas Staggins.” Continue reading

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In Defence of Delius: Introducing the ‘Deryck Cooke Delius Bibliography’

For thirty years after WWII, Deryck Cooke (1919-76) was a leading advocate for the music of Bruckner and Mahler – and, in spite of his premature death, lived long enough to see both composers accorded a prominent place in Britain’s musical life. During those same years, however, Cooke was also an energetic supporter of at least one composer whose work has remained more of a ‘minority interest’ among the concert-going public. This composer is Frederick Delius (1862-1934) – the 80th anniversary of whose death falls on 10 June 2014. Continue reading

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