New CDs at the Pendlebury

This week on MusiCB3, we have a glimpse of a few of the new CDs available to borrow at the Pendlebury Library. Since the CDs at the Pendlebury are not browsable, as most of the books and scores are, it seems only fair to give them their five minutes of fame on here!

Here are a few of the most recent arrivals:

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Golf and flying opera singers: some distractions

The trouble with working in a library, I find, is that my ‘to read’ list grows too fast to ever get to the end of. Especially since at the moment I am studying (very slowly) for an MA, and so any books I read that are not to do with that naturally fill me with guilt (though not really) and the knowledge that I should be studying (I normally manage to overcome this feeling). At least if I write down the titles that sound interesting I can find these distractions again when I want them, I reason to myself…

With so many books passing under my nose on their way to the shelves, it becomes a very varied list, and includes things I would never have looked for otherwise. Books with bizarre titles or interesting covers (I am a very shallow person) often make it onto the list for no other reason. And so the list gets longer… Below are a few of the things that I hope to get around to reading one of these days:

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A musical year book

The Year's Music 1899 L409.d.24.

The Year’s Music 1899 L409.d.24.

I’ve always had a bit of a fondness for almanacs, yearbooks and old travel guides. What would probably have seemed at the time fairly uninteresting becomes something quite different when you’re viewing it over a hundred years later. Yearbooks and trade gazettes are great examples of time capsules displaying the interests and preoccupations of the period of which they were a reflection.

Recently some music literature in need of a new home arrived at the Pendlebury, one of the goodies included The year’s music 1899 (a partial run of the annual journal (1896-1898) could already be found at the UL, classmark L409.d.24). So, what was happening in 1899? Who were the famous names? What should you buy for the musician who has everything? You may be surprised…

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Child’s Play

Attending a librarians’ training event at the University of Cambridge, I was interested to see a Special Collections LibGuide – one on Children’s Literature in Cambridge libraries. It made me wonder what  might be in the Pendlebury Library of Music aimed at children.  Granted,  the foremost purpose  of the library is to support the Undergraduate teaching of the Music Tripos at the University, I nevertheless managed to find a few items…
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The Stanley Sadie Archive

Stanley Sadie with Charles Cudworth

Stanley Sadie with Charles Cudworth

The archive of the musicologist and music critic, Stanley John Sadie (1930-2005) was donated to Cambridge University Library in 2013 by Sadie’s widow and is an important addition to the Library’s existing music collections which include several archives of eminent British composers, musicians and musicologists.  A project to catalogue the collection is now underway and it is anticipated that the Stanley Sadie Archive will be made accessible to researchers by the summer of 2017. Continue reading

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To celebrate, to commemorate: 2017 anniversaries from ballet to jazz via a rocket.

Portrait of Monteverdi by Bernardo Strozzi

Portrait of Claudio Monteverdi (1567 – 1643) by Bernardo Strozzi

But first, may I on behalf of us all here at MusiCB3 wish all our readers a safe, happy and fulfilling 2017.  We will be here each week as always with a few words to delight and divert, exploring the extraordinary riches we have tucked away in unexpected corners of this magnificent building. Now then, to business: I know you cannot wait to see who/what I have chosen from the many, many musical anniversaries which fall this year. Continue reading

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To celebrate, to commemorate: 2016

Here we are with our annual recap to commemorate a selection of relevant musicians who passed away in 2016, and some listening suggestions to remember them by.

2016 has been a sad year, marked by the loss of important figures of the contemporary music scene, not only linked to the classical or jazz world. Among them for example – just in the UK – how can we not remember David Bowie (died at 69 on 10th January), Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, members of the band Emerson, Lake & Palmer (died on 10th March and 7th December respectively) and George Michael, who sadly died on Christmas Day? All the items mentioned below can be found at the Pendlebury Library of Music. Continue reading

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