Tag Archives: Victorian songs

The spitting image

Why do people use music collections? The reasons may be a lot more varied than you might imagine. Most want to use them for the standard reasons – musical research or performance; but increasingly they’re also used across other subject … Continue reading

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A very spooky Christmas

As well as the usual delights of the festive season—feasting , games, music and dancing—telling stories has long been a feature, especially spooky stories, which became increasingly popular in Victorian times, reaching their height in the early twentieth century when M.R. … Continue reading

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A bicycle made for….

With the Tour de France about to sweep through Cambridge I’ve been musing about bicycles in the music collections here at the UL. One item that always appears whenever there’s a tour of the department is Charley the bicycle pet. … Continue reading

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Adolf Jensen: Is Bigger Better?

I was recently looking into some minutiae of British musical life around 1880, and I encountered several references to a composer whose name was quite new to me: Adolf Jensen (1837–1879). At first it seemed an odd stroke of chance … Continue reading

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It’s not just about the music : The warlike Victorian – heroes and heroines

In the last post on Victorian songs I wrote about the attractive cover artwork found on many of the songs. Sometimes the artwork can be the only way in which you can date a piece of music. Music is notorious for … Continue reading

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It’s not just about the music : The (un)-healthy Victorian

Who uses music resources? Conversations among music librarians reveal that increasing numbers of libraries are getting rid of their music stock citing, among other things, under-use. As early as 2003 a IAML report Access to music highlighted some of the problems … Continue reading

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