Tag Archives: music at the UL

Egyptomania

There are quite a few historical moments to which I would like to have been a witness, not least the premiere of the Rite of Spring in 1913 (was it really as dramatic as is popularly believed?). The other cultural … Continue reading

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Ester

An early celebration for Early Music Day as MusiCB3 uncovers the story of the library detective work that resulted in the finding of “Ester” – the world’s first Hebrew oratorio, unsung and believed lost for 200 years. @theULSpecColl @theUL @BBCRadio3@HGOpera Continue reading

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To celebrate, to commemorate : George Crumb

The death was announced on February 6th of the influential American composer, George Crumb. Crumb is one of those composers that I have heard of, and I’ve catalogued plenty of his music, but not listened to his work in any … Continue reading

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Books on the move

You may have noticed if you’ve been in the UL recently that a lot of space has appeared on the open shelves in the corridor that leads towards the Anderson Room. Even more alarming has been the disappearance of swathes … Continue reading

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Songs of the Liberation for VE Day

The Chadwyck-Healey Liberation Collection (1944-46) consists mainly of books, but also contains a number of French and English songs and music scores, some with striking illustrations. They appear either as individual leaflets or as part of larger compilations, including the lyrics and in some cases notated … Continue reading

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Open all hours

It’s been a strange month for everyone. For the Music Collections teams at the UL and the Pendlebury, in common with librarians across Cambridge, we’ve had to get used to new ways of working. Most of us have been working … Continue reading

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Missing in action

It’s not unusual in a library to get questions about “missing” books. Some, sadly, are genuinely missing – in the time I’ve been working here, I have come across such tragedies as books left on trains, stolen book bags (the … Continue reading

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A Valentine for the Navy

Readers of MusiCB3 may remember that a few weeks ago in Sarah’s Valentine’s Day post, she mentioned an unusual “Naval Valentine” – proof, yet again, that you can find the most extraordinary items in the UL’s music collections, whilst in … Continue reading

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From MusiCB3 with love

Next Thursday is the Feast of St. Valentine. In the Anderson Room we have a pop-up exhibition celebrating St. Valentine’s Day, with some lovely examples of Victorian Valentine’s music, and an unusual “naval” Valentine celebrating an all-too-real battle (more on … Continue reading

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Holidays

It’s been sticky work here at the UL over the last few weeks, especially in the non-air conditioned Anderson Room office, where even with a fan working like crazy, and most of the doors and windows open, the MusiCB3 staff … Continue reading

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