Tag Archives: Composers’ archives

To celebrate, to commemorate: Stanley Sadie (1930 – 2005)

This year marks what would have been the 90th birthday of the much-missed musician, critic, author and editor Stanley Sadie so we here at MusiCB3 thought we would devote a little post to reflect on his immeasurable contribution to musical … Continue reading

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A gift from Lehigh. Part II.

Last week I explained how Sir Arthur Bliss came to compose a fanfare for an American college football team, Lehigh University, who were desperate to defeat their old rivals, Lafayette. Jonathan Elkus, then director of Lehigh’s Concert Band discovered that the … Continue reading

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A gift from Lehigh. Part I.

Kate mentioned at the end of her tribute to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, last week, that we had a copy of the album – a gift from Lehigh University Concert Band. The record (an American edition on a Capitol label) … Continue reading

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In a child’s mind

The BBC over the last few years has tried to get children to become more involved in classical music. November 2014 saw the introduction of Ten Pieces, an initiative aimed initially at children of primary school age. There was a “Ten Pieces” prom … Continue reading

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Arthur Bliss 125

August 2nd 2016 is the 125th anniversary of the birth of Sir Arthur Bliss. At the University Library, we are celebrating this with a music corridor exhibition (opening first week of August 2016) focusing on three major strands: Bliss as a … Continue reading

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Ballets and bagpipes and audible birth?

What do lost ballets, trans-medial machines, sonic aspects of childbirth and an Argyll piper have in common? Answer:  They all feature in current PhD research topics at the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge.

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The joy of mistakes

A few weeks ago I attended a music librarians’ conference. Among the many interesting talks was a panel discussion on issues around music digitisation. One of the items raised made me think about digitisation in a completely new light. A panellist … Continue reading

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A talent for light music

The UL recently acquired two slightly unusual items: a copy of the song “You were there” from Noel Coward‘s musical Tonight at 8.30, signed by Coward and his leading lady, Gertrude Lawrence; and music for the ballet that enlivened the … Continue reading

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Cambridge’s musical records

The title of this Friends event sums up quite nicely what I would like to put in the limelight this week: archival records with a “musical theme” that are held at the Music and the Manuscripts Department of Cambridge University … Continue reading

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To celebrate, to commemorate: Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976)

It cannot have escaped your notice that this year we celebrate the centenary of the birth of one of Britain’s greatest composers: Benjamin Britten.  Best known for works such as Peter Grimes, the Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and the … Continue reading

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