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Meet… James Luff

What has your road to librarianship been? After finishing a music degree at Goldsmiths, my initial route into library work was by shelving my way around the libraries at UCL and Senate House in central London, where I also did … Continue reading

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Aesthetic and poetic : Patience 140

Gilbert and Sullivan’s sixth comic opera, Patience, opened on 23rd April 1881 at London’s Opera Comique. Later the same year, on the 10th October, it was the first production to be shown at the newly opened Savoy Theatre.

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Slow moments with SW: Elgar (…..)

Only one slow moment this time dear readers – and I think you will agree that it is more than enough for the soul: the slow movement of Elgar’s violin concerto. What, you may reasonably ask, has prompted this little … Continue reading

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Preserving electronic music

Can you name ten famous Belgians? When first moving to the UK this joke quite often  came up. Finding an answer to the question was easy enough and no, Hercule Poirot is fictional and not on the list. Although several … Continue reading

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Slow moments with SW: Bartók

The contrast between the musical language of Rachmaninov and that of his contemporary Bartók is striking. The one firmly in the full “romantic” sonata-form-based mode, the other pushing those formal boundaries forward and absorbing the influences of the folk music … Continue reading

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Hair-raising times : what to wear to the opera

What links Marie Antoinette, vaccinations, Gluck, a famous naval battle, and Parisian opera houses? A man named Léonard Autié. 

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My favourite music

Last summer, staff at the Pendlebury library and the UL Music Department were asked to do a sort of Desert Island Discs (one disc not eight, luxury item and book of course allowed). I was about to pick Ennio Morricone’s … Continue reading

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What’s been happening at the Pendlebury Library?

Searching, finding, organising, checking, explaining, informing, scanning, uploading, buying,…. just a few of the things we’ve been doing at the Pendlebury Library.  Working at the Pendlebury Library since Christmas has been a very different experience. Due to the 3rd lockdown … Continue reading

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Don’t read the reviews

March 6th is the anniversary of the premiere of Verdi’s La Traviata. The most popular of all his operas, Traviata had an unfortunate beginning. Based on the popular novel, La dame aux camelias, by Alexandre Dumas, fils, Verdi had attended … Continue reading

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Cristofori 290

Last month saw 290 years since the death of Bartolomeo Cristofori (4th May 1655 – 27th January 1731), the instrument maker who developed the gravicembalo col piano e forte, or “harpsichord with soft and loud” generally thought of as being … Continue reading

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