Friday, March 28, 2008

Oberlin Featured in Downbeat - April 2008

This month's Downbeat magazine is featuring the donation of the private jazz collection of James Neumann (class of '58) to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Neumann's collection, currently in Chicago, includes 76,ooo LPs, 15,000 78s, and uncounted CDs and jazz memorabilia.
The collection will be housed in the new Phyllis Litoff jazz facility at Oberlin, which will be under construction until the fall of 2009. Cataloging, preservation and digitizing of this major undertaking will be led by our new curator, Molly Johnson.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Happy first day of Spring!

Welcome to the first day of Spring as reflected in the Conservatory Library window on Professor Street!

Another place where spring meets the Conservatory Library is in Equinox by Elliot Schwartz. This digital recording is part of the DRAM collection. DRAM is brought to you via a subscription from the Oberlin Conservatory Libraries. DRAM is a not-for-profit resource providing CD quality audio, complete and original liner notes and essays from New World Records, Composers Recordings, Inc. (CRI) and other important labels.

Bibliorarities Display - Mahler seventh symphony

According to Donald Mitchell (in the commentary accompanying this facsimile edition), Gustav Mahler described his seventh symphony after its completion in 1908 as his “best work” and “preponderantly cheerful.”

Stop in the Conservatory Library and take a look at this lovely facsimile edition!

The Conservatory Library's Special Collections are the focus of the year-long series of exhibits, Bibliorarities. The exhibits are on view in the cases adjacent to the Conservatory Library's Circulation Area during all opening hours.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Hilary Hahn's online journal

Many musicians are now creating online journals that document their life as a nomadic musician – a modern troubadour. Here's one such example. Take a look at Hilary Hahn's journal.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Chinese language journals

OhioLINK has worked out an agreement with Wanfang for a three year rental license for 357 Chinese language titles. These will be available to all OhioLINK members on the Wanfang web site. Music titles include:

  • Journal of Wuhan Conservatory of Music China
  • JIAOXIANG-Journal of Xi'an Conservatory of Music
  • The Academic Periodical of Shenyang Conservatory of Music
  • Musical Instrument
  • Explorations in Music
  • The World of Music
  • Art of Music
  • Chinese Music
  • China Music Education
  • Musicology in China
  • Northern Music
  • Music Research

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Happy π Day!

March 14 (3/14 in U.S. date format) marks
Pi Day
which is celebrated by many lovers of π.

Did you know ...

Yulia Tsenova (b. 1948) graduated from the State Academy of Music in Sofia in composition as a student of Pancho Vladigerov and piano with Bogomil Starshenov. She enjoys an international career as a jazz soloist and her works have been widely performed throughout Europe. At present she is professor of jazz piano at the State Academy.

Her music comprises a unique synthesis of styles: jazz, folk and modern aesthetics, and according to New Grove, she wrote a piece in 1998 titled π = 3.14 (scored for 1v, chbr orch).

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Making Sense of American Popular Song

“Making Sense of American Popular Song” This website is especially helpful as it models some interpretive approaches that would be helpful for those who don't have musical backgrounds.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Conversation Between Elliott Carter and Phil Lesh

An EXCLUSIVE conversation between Elliott Carter and Phil Lesh will mark the 20th anniversary of The American Music Center's Counterstream Radio (, a station dedicated to showcasing new music by U.S. composers. Listen to this conversation on March 14th at 3 p.m. ET.