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.

Why “Not worth a mention”?

You may have wondered why our latest exhibition, in and around the Anderson Room, celebrating the work of female composers has the odd title of “Not worth a mention“. The idea for the exhibition came about through a chance conversation … Continue reading

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A (insert collective noun here) of music librarians

I spent part of the Easter holidays in beautiful Edinburgh attending the annual IAML (pronounced Yam-ull, rhymes with camel) Annual Study Weekend. The UK and Ireland branch of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (Archives and … Continue reading

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Preparing for Easter

Passion music has a long history. As far back as the 4th century, readings of the Passion were commented on by pilgrims visiting Jerusalem. By the 10th century the Passion was no longer just read, it was sung as well. … Continue reading

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To celebrate, to commemorate: Stephen Hawking, 1942-2018

In common with the university community across Cambridge, we were saddened this week to hear of the death of Professor Stephen Hawking. I wondered what place music played in his life, and was delighted to discover that it was important … Continue reading

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The week in music

March has truly come in like a lion, with snow either already here or threatening, and Storm Emma about to blow in. Curl up with MusiCB3, and take a look at musical anniversaries over this coming week. From semaphore to … Continue reading

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Winter sports

My colleagues in the Japanese Department recently put up an exhibition in and around the Anderson Room / AOI Pavilion,¬†celebrating this year’s Winter Olympics. Of course this prompted me to think about music and winter sports – surely among our … Continue reading

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Hello, G’Day, Shalom

Sometimes you don’t always end up writing what you intended…This started out as a post for Australia Day 2018; but ended up as a rather different story. So how did MusiCB3 manage to travel from Poland to Sydney, via Canterbury … Continue reading

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