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Cads, bounders and unbecoming women in opera and song: episode one

Our latest exhibition at the UL Music Department, launched this week, explores the darker side of opera and song. We begin our mini-series of exhibition-related posts with a look at some of opera’s less-than-delightful characters. Villains abound – think of … Continue reading

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Cambridge Professors of Music, 1684 – 1821

This week, we are launching an exhibition covering the first five Professors of Music here in Cambridge, so a little background seemed in order. The first Bachelor of Music degree in Cambridge was awarded to Henry Abyngdon in 1463, but … Continue reading

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Curious music objects

On the occasion of Cambridge University Library’s 600th anniversary exhibition on curious objects, I would like to introduce you to some of the music objects in our collections. As objects they may perhaps be not quite as unusual as some of … 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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Music and Science

Exploring the relationship between music and science is a vast area of research which has evolved significantly over the past centuries. The obvious place to start is in Ancient Greece in the 6th century BC with Pythagoras, who has been … Continue reading

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William Sterndale Bennett : A family tale

William Sterndale Bennett was born 13th April 1816 in Sheffield and orphaned three years later. He went to live with his paternal grandfather in Cambridge.  He joined King’s College Chapel choir when he was seven. He was Professor of Music at … Continue reading

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Encoding music

Cambridge University Library Music Department is taking part in the Cambridge Science Festival on March 12. Encoding music is an exciting drop-in event for all ages.  You can explore the evolution of music notation through the ages, following a trail through the library … Continue reading

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