Tag Archives: C20 composers

Cambridge Composers : Jeremy Thurlow

This is another instalment in the series Cambridge Composers. Posts focus on composers who have or had a connection to Cambridge, or the University of Cambridge. Some of them were students here, whilst others are or were teaching composition in … Continue reading

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Cambridge Composers : Alexander Goehr

This is another post in the series called Cambridge Composers. These posts focus on composers who have or had a connection to Cambridge, or the University of Cambridge. Some of them were students here, whilst others are and were teaching composition … Continue reading

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Britten and Purcell: the arc of universal harmony

Those of you who follow this blog will have seen our earlier post celebrating the centenary of Benjamin Britten. This follow-up is to mark Britten’s birthday, which falls today, 22nd November, and to accompany the exhibition exploring Britten and Purcell … Continue reading

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Hans Keller, Piotr Zak and the BBC

It was Staff Club quiz time here at the UL recently (bear with me) and each team was asked to provide a name for themselves. We are blessed in the Music Department with a team member who has an unfailing ability to come … Continue reading

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Tracking down Mary, and others

A musicologist friend of mine has asked me how to find printed music of an obscure composer; let’s call her Mary Lucas, because that’s the composer’s name. The following might be useful for you too, if you wonder how to … Continue reading

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Cambridge Composers : John Hopkins

This is the first post in a new series called Cambridge Composers. Posts will focus on living and dead composers who have or have had a connection to Cambridge, or the University of Cambridge. Some of them were students here, … Continue reading

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If it’s ever Spring again

My desk by the window at the Pendlebury enables me to enjoy an abundance of natural daylight.  It also exposes me to the chilly force of the endless Cambridge winter, so I have spent the last few months swaddled in … Continue reading

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A slightly different procedure to last year

Last December I wrote “The same procedure as every year…”; this is not its follow-up – rather it’s a slightly different angle. Whereas last year I was looking ahead at which composer’s music would be out of copyright from 1st … Continue reading

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Most exquisitely performed: A. J. Ellis, Mendelssohn and the 1837 Birmingham Triennial Festival

Sitting quietly on the shelves in our reserve stacks is a little volume of programmes for the 1837 Birmingham Triennial Festival. What’s so special about that, do I hear you ask? Read on to discover more… First, a little background … Continue reading

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Bliss

The University Library holds a selection of composer and music related archives and actively seeks to extend these collections. One of our main criteria in the selection of music archives is establishing whether there is a “Cambridge link”, but it … Continue reading

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