We are a few weeks into Michaelmas term now, and we’ve been keeping busy at MusiCB3 with plenty of library tours and user education sessions for new students. As freshers’ week becomes a distant memory and lectures, seminars, and rehearsals begin in earnest, there will be a lot to keep everyone occupied. Don’t forget to come and ask library staff if you have any questions about using the music collections either at the Pendlebury or the UL! And if you have a moment in between everything else, remember that there are plenty of things in the library besides your reading list books to explore. For example, here are some of the newest CDs and DVDs at the Pendlebury Library…
St Martin in the Fields c.1900
We were all very saddened at MusiCB3 to learn of the death of Sir Neville Marriner on 2nd October. He has been an integral and vibrant part of musical life not just in the UK, but globally for well over fifty years and will be much missed. Continue reading
We’ve reached the end of the first week of term, and welcomed to the Pendlebury Library old faces and new. Our new intake of undergraduate students studying the Music Tripos have already had a week of induction and freshers events in college and at the Faculty of Music and are ready to get down to lectures and supervisions in earnest. Continue reading
New to Cambridge this autumn – iDiscover.
So, you’ve been away for the summer, you come back to university, and what do you find? Your friendly catalogue of choice, LibrarySearch, has vanished and there’s a brand new catalogue iDiscover instead. iDiscover has been introduced across the UL, to affiliate and faculty libraries, and to college libraries. It’s replacing LibrarySearch, though our old friend, Newton, will still be available until August 2017.
With the nights drawing in, and Michaelmas term just around the corner, the summer holiday season is definitely coming to an end. However, today on MusiCB3 is a last hurrah for the vacation – I have just returned from an adventure to Moscow, so this week’s post, dear readers, will be a ‘what I did on my holidays’ post…
Saint Basil’s Cathedral
Programme for the Black Bear concert 28 April 1789.
© Cambridge University Library
It’s nearly a year since we spent an evening with our friends at the Black Bear Inn here in Cambridge: high time to drop in on them once again. Let’s see what they were up to back in April 1789. A year which they would remember no doubt as only two months later across the Channel, the storming of the Bastille in Paris would take place, marking the start of the Revolution which would change the face of France for ever. Here, William Wilberforce was beginning to raise awareness of the horror of the slave trade. So, time to set all those concerns aside for a while and enjoy some music-making.
The Last Trump for music blogs?
Detail from a mediaeval Doom wall-painting in St. Andrew’s, Chesterton, Cambridge
Laurence Boyce at the English language Wikipedia [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0 ]
via Wikimedia Commons
The other day I came across a classical music blog that was musing on the death of
….classical music blogs. The online world has been prophesying the death of blogs for some time, I remember Twitter being hailed as sounding the last trump for blogs. Yet still they manage to survive, partly, I guess, because music blogs are there for different reasons. If some bloggers are perhaps no longer as independent as they once were, there are still plenty of music blogs catering to a diverse range of tastes and needs.
Fan blogs tend to centre more around popular music, and act as a link between bands and their followers. Paul McCartney’s website, for example, has a series of blogs on everything from charities he supports to his latest tour. There’s even a glimpse into life as a publicist on a world tour. Band blogs keep fans up to date on the lives of their favourite artists, and may give them the opportunity to buy tickets or compete in competitions.
More importantly, and perhaps unexpectedly, for some genres, blogging may be, at least initially, the main instrument of musical analysis.