Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Pope to purge the Vatican of modern music

The Pope is considering a dramatic overhaul of the Vatican in order to force a return to traditional sacred music. After reintroducing the Latin Tridentine Mass, the Pope wants to widen the use of Gregorian chant and baroque sacred music.

In an address to the bishops and priests of St Peter's Basilica, he said that there needed to be "continuity with tradition" in their prayers and music. He referred pointedly to "the time of St Gregory the Great", the pope who gave his name to Gregorian chant. more

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Join the Student Friends of the Library!

For only $2, you can join the Student Friends of the Library. When you join the Student Friends, you'll get access to the Library book sales before the rest of the student body, exclusive receptions with Student Friends Guest Lecturers, and reading period study breaks held in Azariah's Cafe. More importantly, you'll be supporting your library!

For upcoming events and lectures, visit, So Many Books, So Little Time..., the Student Friends' blog (

Contact David Matchim if you're interested in joining!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Citing Sources

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Movie Review: Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037

Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037 follows the painstaking yearlong process of building and fine-tuning a handmade nine-foot concert grand piano in the Steinway company’s factory in Astoria, Queens. A paean to the rewards of old-fashioned craftsmanship in an age of mechanization, the film, directed by Ben Niles, amounts to a de facto infomercial for Steinway & Sons, the 150-year-old company that is the biggest name in the high-end piano business. Steinway produces about 2,000 pianos a year, compared with the approximately 100 a day by other companies, none of whose names are mentioned. more

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

NPR Music Page

NPR just launched a new "music" component to their webpage. Listen to Nina Totenberg talk about lessons from her father. You can also check out Yo-Yo Ma's five favorite recordings as well as hear clips from Animal Collective's new CD. It's a unique, experimental and crazed collection of adventurous rock!

Monday, November 5, 2007

New title in Periodicals

Jazz Perspectives (Abingdon, England) is now available in Periodicals.

On Display in the Conservatory Library

Is it art or an LP?? Enjoy this beautiful reproduction of a 10 in. picture disc (78 rpm) sold at Lotte Lenya’s Berlin premiere of Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny Check out the flip side as well! This display is brought to you as part of Bibliorarities, the Conservatory Library's year-long series of exhibits featuring items from our Special Collections.