Author Archives: mj263

About mj263

Music Collections Supervisor at Cambridge University Library. Wide musical interests. Often to be found stuck in a composer's archive, or enthusing about antiquarian music.

From MusiCB3 with love

Next Thursday is the Feast of St. Valentine. In the Anderson Room we have a pop-up exhibition celebrating St. Valentine’s Day, with some lovely examples of Victorian Valentine’s music, and an unusual “naval” Valentine celebrating an all-too-real battle (more on … Continue reading

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50 years ago today revisited

You may remember that a while ago, Kate celebrated the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper with a blog-post. It gave us a great chance to show off our copy of the LP, an American imprint, that is, perhaps surprisingly, part … Continue reading

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For children

A surprising number of composers have composed works aimed at a juvenile audience. In some cases this has complemented their work as a music teacher, in others they have wanted to introduce their music to younger members of the family. … Continue reading

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2018: That was the year that was…

A very Happy New Year to all MusiCB3 readers. Over the course of 2018 the MusiCB3 team has written 49 posts on items musical ranging from Roald Dahl inspirations to changing attitudes towards female composers. Victorian music continued to entertain, … Continue reading

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The song of Tiny Tim

What do you usually buy for Christmas? High on my list of presents for friends is the gift that I most like to receive myself – books. The Christmas period is one of the busiest times of the year for … Continue reading

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Sing, bright Cecilia

The week of November 22nd is always a special one for musicians. It’s the week in which music’s own patron saint is celebrated – St. Cecilia. She has long been an inspiration to composers, her feast day also happens to … Continue reading

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Brothers in arms

As I mentioned in last week’s MusiCB3 post this week we’re going to be looking at a very personal experience of war; that experienced by Sir Arthur Bliss and his family. Bliss was just about to have his 23rd birthday when … Continue reading

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