Tag Archives: Victorian sheet music

Ribbons and waistcoats and birds on hats : fashion at MusiCB3

The sheet music boxes at the UL are a mine of information about all sorts of things other than music. Many of the illustrated title pages depict the singers who performed the songs,  wearing the fashions of the time. I … Continue reading

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Orpheus in the London-world : Happy Birthday Offenbach

Yesterday saw the 200th anniversary of the birth of Jacques Offenbach. As regular readers will know, MusiCB3 has been celebrating Offenbach’s anniversary month with an exhibition in the Anderson Room, and with Susi’s blog post earlier this month. For this … Continue reading

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Offenbach 200: the Can-Can comes of age

As you may have noticed, this year marks the bi-centenary of Offenbach‘s birth and to mark the occasion we have put together a little, rather eclectic, display in the Anderson Room here at the UL. Never mind the Can-Can, how … Continue reading

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The song of Tiny Tim

What do you usually buy for Christmas? High on my list of presents for friends is the gift that I most like to receive myself – books. The Christmas period is one of the busiest times of the year for … Continue reading

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Polka-ing round the Christmas tree

Thought it was all comic songs and sentimental ballads in the UL’s Victorian sheet music collection? Think again! These nineteenth century composers and their illustrators also favoured us with dances galore – perfect for dancing around one’s drawing room to … Continue reading

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Autumn at MusiCB3

Cambridge has turned a bit autumnal lately. After the ridiculously hot summer, I’m finding chilly cycle rides a bit of a shock to the system! However, Autumn in Cambridge is an exciting time as it means that the beginning of … Continue reading

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Winter sports

My colleagues in the Japanese Department recently put up an exhibition in and around the Anderson Room / AOI Pavilion, celebrating this year’s Winter Olympics. Of course this prompted me to think about music and winter sports – surely among our … Continue reading

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