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About jamesluff

Senior library assistant at the Pendlebury Library of Music, University of Cambridge

Kaija Saariaho at 70

This month marks the 70th birthday of the acclaimed Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho. Her work takes in the whole range from opera and works for large orchestra, to pieces for solo instruments and electronics, and although her style has undergone … Continue reading

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Pendlebury Item Spotlight – New Scores by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Despite having worked in music libraries for quite a few years, it still seems that rarely a week goes by in which I don’t come across a composer I’ve never heard of before. Recently, that composer was Joseph Bologne, Chevalier … Continue reading

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Pendlebury Item Spotlight: Manuscrit Milleran

Today I’d like to highlight possibly the smallest item in the Pendlebury Library – a beautiful pocket-sized facsimile of a manuscript collection of lute music from the 17th century (F-Pn Rés.823; facs., Geneva, 1976) – Manuscrit Milleran, Tablature de Luth … Continue reading

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Xenakis’ Centenary

b. 29 May 1922 – d. 4 February 2001 As you may be aware, this week marks an important anniversary worthy of widespread celebration –that’s right, it’s been 100 years since the birth of Iannis Xenakis! – Greek-French avant-garde composer, … Continue reading

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Library Luthiery (Part 2)

A few months ago, I wrote on this blog about my first foray into instrument making, starting to build a 7-course renaissance lute. It’s been a long process but, six months and about 100-150 hours later, I have finally finished. … Continue reading

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Pendlebury Item Spotlight: Luys Milán- El Maestro

From the many things that pass across my desk for cataloguing each week, there are always a few that seem to me to stand out as especially exciting or interesting. This is usually because I already have some vague awareness … Continue reading

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‘Grab and Run’ Boxes This Week at the Pendlebury

(Free Books and Music!) As the new term gets underway, we thought it was a good time to welcome students back into the library with several boxes of free books and scores available for anyone to come and take. The … Continue reading

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Library Luthiery (Part 1)

So, what do music librarians do in their spare time? You may be surprised… @theULSpecColl @PendleburyLib @IAML_UK_IRL Continue reading

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Errollyn Wallen’s Music at the Pendlebury Library

Earlier this year, I wrote highlighting a whole range of recent acquisitions for the Pendlebury Library’s collection. But here, I’d like to go into a little more detail about the works we hold by Errollyn Wallen CBE, composer and alumna of … Continue reading

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Pendlebury Item Spotlight: A Collection of Glees, Canons, and Catches by John Wall Callcott

As I continue to catalogue rare books in the Pendlebury Library, I’ve recently been working through a batch of catches, canons and glees, all published around the beginning of the 19th century. There have been rather a lot of these … Continue reading

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