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  • January 2, 2008
    Christmas/New Years always seems to be tough on musicians (James Brown last year, Dizzy Gillespie in 1993, Leonard Meyer, Dan Fogelberg, and Oscar Peterson this year). The NY Times obit for Leonard Meyer is available here.  Oscar Peterson, jazz pianist, has many online and newspaper obituaries; the NY Times obit can be found here and the CNN obituary is available here; CNN also has another Peterson article, "Remembering Peterson." Dan Fogelberg, famed folk-rocker and later acoustic and bluegrass music enthusiast, died  Dec. 16; his NY Times obit can be found here; there is also a rather...
  • December 10, 2007
    All in all, Dec. 5 was a difficult day for modern music. Two major composers passed from the scene on Dec. 5: Karlheinz Stockhausen and Andrew Imbrie. The distinguished musicologist H. Wiley Hitchcock also died at the age of 84. Here is Imbrie's NYT obituary (may not work for non-Cornell users) and one from the San Francisco Chronicle. Stockhausen's numerous obituary notices include one from the Times Online and the New York Times. A representative list of Stockhausen obituaries from newspapers and music blogs can be found here. H. Wiley Hitchcock, past president of the American...
  • December 6, 2007
    From now to Feb. 5, 2008, the Music Library is making Alexander Street's World Pop Music database available to all Cornell registered users on a trial basis. Please check it out at and let any of the Music Library staff know what you think. Here's a description from Alexander Street's press release: Contemporary World Music will contain 50,000 tracks that deliver the sounds of all regions from every continent. The database will contain important genres such as reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing...
  • December 4, 2007
    Two library staff members, Ken Fung and Dorian Bandy, will be performing with the Petits Violons de Cornell under the direction of Neal Zaslaw in a noontime concert today at 12:30 (!!) in B20 Lincoln Hall. The program will include works by Handel and Telemann.
  • December 3, 2007
    The CU Library System has expanded the laptop loan program, and we have three laptops (Dells) available for use in the Music Library. They have wireless access and the same standard productivity software as our desktop workstations. They must remain in the music library; the loan period is for 3 hours (renewable); they are available on a first-come/first-served basis, as the library has no reservation system. The full policy is posted at the circulation desk. Please contact Lenora Schneller or call 5-4011 for more information.
  • November 29, 2007
    The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, long a staple of basic research and bibliography for all aspects of world music, is now available online through the Music Library. It can be accessed from the links page of the music library web site or directly, for enrolled Cornell students, faculty, and staff at Note that the interface is both pretty basic and a little confusing, so if you have any heavy research to do, the handy nine-volume set is always available at the Music...
  • November 16, 2007
    Music Library staffers Beth Kelly (recorder, baroque flute) and Ken Fung (baroque violin) will be performing with members of NYS Baroque and the New York Baroque Dance Company in "Harlequin's Capers," a performance of French baroque dance inspired by commedia dell'arte at 3:00 pm Sunday, Nov. 18 in Bailey Hall.  Beth also performed in the lunchtime lecture/performance with members of the dance company on Thursday. Kudos to Ken and Beth for helping to make these exciting performances happen.
  • November 13, 2007
    In addition to Prof. Will's wide-ranging and thought provoking talk, which I will not try to encapsulate here (except to note that he makes an interesting preliminary stab at problematizing Taruskin's construction of "modernism" in 20th century performance practice), David Yearsley gave a generous introduction explaining the reasoning behind the Lenore Coral Memorial Lectures. He said that each lecture will feature a distinguished Cornell alumnus, and the lectures were named for Lenore because of her unstinting support for graduate music education at Cornell. She served as an adviser, as...
  • November 12, 2007
    Thus far, we're getting Music Library staff started on the whole blogging idea. We're working on ideas for content, including CD reviews, discussions of new audio and video formats, news in the music library, staff news, and musical staff participation in outside musical events. Also, I've got some learning to do in order to make the whole "moderation" process easier for myself; I have no interest in having to OK every post multiple times before it's added to the list. Other music library developments in no particular order: The inaugural Lenore Coral Memorial Lecture will be given today by...
  • November 7, 2007
    This is a great idea, and I hope it works!