Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
- Train for service at the Reference Desk
- Assist with preparation of local reference tools
- Develop your knowledge of library resources and music bibliography
Please fill out a Library Job Application, available in the entrance to the Conservatory Library. Leave the application in the box marked “Completed Applications.”
- Financial Aid Eligibility Preferred
- Ability to work with people, to function effectively under pressure, and to work cooperatively as part of a team
- Willingness to continue learning and growing with the job and to accept increasing responsibility
Reliability, punctuality, and a solid music background
Application Deadline: December 6, 2009
Paid training (two-hours per week) to begin February, and the pay rate is $7.30 per hour. Beginning fall semester, the position will be five hours per week. Contact Person: Kathy Abromeit, Public Services Librarian
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Covering over 1500 singers from the birth of opera to the present day, this marvelous volume will be an essential resource for all serious opera lovers and a companion to the successful Grove Book of Operas. The most comprehensive guide to opera singers ever produced, this volume offers an alphabetically arranged collection of authoritative biographies that range from Marion Anderson to Benedict Zak.
Conservatory Reference ML102.O6 G76 2008
The first Oberlin Conservatory of Music bassoon quartet was formed in 1994 and was called "Firewood". As interest in playing bassoon quartets grew at Oberlin more groups formed. In 2002 another quartet from Oberlin called "The Black Sheep" did a short tour of China and that solidified the trend of playing bassoon quartets at Oberlin. Since 2004 there has always been a group called The Oberlin Bassoon Quartet with rotating personnel. Since 2004 the OBQ has done extensive tours of China and Italy, and has played performances in other music schools around the country.
The members of the current OBQ are 4 sophomore bassoon majors at Oberlin from different parts of the US and abroad:
- Liz Bennett, Colorado
- Shelly Li, China
- Jake Purcell, Washington
- Brittney Walker, Illinois
Monday, October 26, 2009
A Dictionary for the Modern Flutist (Con Ref ML 102.F58 M33 2009) by Susan J. Maclagan presents clear and concise definitions of more than 1,500 common flute-related terms that a player of the Boehm-system flute may encounter. Fully illustrated with more than 100 images, the entries contain descriptions of words related to all aspects of the flute: flute types, flute parts, flute repair, playing techniques, acoustics, articulations, intonation, common ornaments, flutemaking, flute history, flute music books, and more.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Reclaiming the Right to Rock: Black Experiences in Rock Music will bring together Black rock musicians from different generations and regions with music critics and scholars to discuss the socio-political history, musical developments, and the future of Black rock. The main component of the conference will be three panels, each exploring one of the following topics:
- The conceptualization and origins of Black rock;
- The politics of Black rock;
- The face of Black rock in the 21st century.
Monday, October 19, 2009
By ROB WALKER
Published: October 18, 2009 (NYTimes)
On first listen, some things grab you for their off-kilter novelty. Like the story of a company that has hired a bunch of “musicologists,” who sit at computers and listen to songs, one at a time, rating them element by element, separating out what sometimes comes to hundreds of data points for a three-minute tune. The company, an Internet radio service called Pandora, is convinced that by pouring this information through a computer into an algorithm, it can guide you, the listener, to music that you like. The premise is that your favorite songs can be stripped to parts and reverse-engineered. read more
Friday, October 16, 2009
Due to electrical work involving the Litoff building, the Oberlin Conservatory Library will be closed Friday, October 23, 2009.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
The Roderic C. Knight Instrument Collection One of Emeritus Professor of Ethnomusicology, Rod Knight's research interests is organology, or the scientific study of musical instruments. He began collecting instruments already as a high school student and continued throughout his career, regarding instruments as the "trophies" of ethnomusicology, typically returning from field work with his hands full. Stop in the Conservatory Library and see a sampling of his collection. The entire collection, however, may be viewed and searched online.
IN Harmony: Sheet Music from Indiana is now available through OBIS. IN Harmony is a search and discovery system for accessing sheet music from the Indiana University Lilly Library, the Indiana State Library, the Indiana State Museum, and the Indiana Historical Society. Funded through a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), IN Harmony features Indiana-related sheet music - sheet music by Indiana composers, arrangers, lyricists or publishers as well as sheet music about the state.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Franz Liszt : a research and information guide by Michael Saffle Con Ref ML134.L7 S2 2009
Vincenzo Bellini : a research and information guide by Stephen A. Willier Con Ref ML134.B439 W54 2009
Alban Berg : a research and information guide by Bryan R. Simms
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
The American Viola Society (AVS) is an association for the promotion of viola performance and research. Check it out!
As a member of AVS, you can also take part in local activities through membership in the AVS local chapters located across the country.To see if there is a local chapter in your area, check out the Community pages.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Mary Travers, whose ringing, earnest vocals with the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary made songs like “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “If I Had a Hammer” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” enduring anthems of the 1960s protest movement, died on Wednesday at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut. She was 72 and lived in Redding, Conn. more
Thursday, September 10, 2009
They're here to help you at the Conservatory Library Circulation Desk. Stop in!
Back Row: Tom, Jesse, Kyle
Middle Row: Megan, Charlotte, Jane, Sam, Jonathan, Megan, Cathy, Glenna, Ryan, Francisco, Graham, Austin
Front Row: Sarah, Avery, Charlotte, Will, John
A Cellist's Companion: A Comprehensive Catalogue of Cello Literature by Michael Feves & Henk Lambooij
Over 35 years of compilation has resulted in the very first comprehensive catalogue of cello music, including approximately 45,000 titles by 15,000 composers. Listed alphabetically by composer are works for cello solo, cello and piano, cello and orchestra, duos, cello ensemble music, solo cello with chamber ensemble, two or more soloists and orchestra, cello and voice, methods and studies. An index by instrumentation is also included. This unique project to compile all music ever written for cello solo - published or unpublished, in print or out of print - is a reference work that will immediately become every cellist's companion.
Conservatory Reference ML128.V5 L3 2007
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
The Reference Desk in the Conservatory Library is staffed by a group of eight well-trained reference assistants. The reference desk staff are: Anna, InSoo, Joseph, Brandon, Charlotte, Drew, Lauren, and John (in front). Stop by and ask a question. They're happy to help you!
Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, Sept. 6* PAY RATE: $7.30/hr.
*Deadline may be extended if necessary.
• Assign call numbers and maintain files for new recordings.
• Special projects as needed.
• Ability to handle meticulous and detailed work independently and with accuracy. A short proofreading test will be given at time of interview.
• Good keyboarding skills (accuracy is more important than speed).
• Reliability and punctuality.
• Background in music highly desirable.
• Reading knowledge of foreign language desirable.
Submit application to the Conservatory Library Circulation Desk,
Attn. Phyllis Jones
PLEASE NOTE: Applications must include Conservatory Library Supplement to Application for Student Employment in order to be considered. Forms are available from the Conservatory Library Circulation Desk.
Oberlin College Library actively seeks a diverse student staff. Oberlin College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.
Monday, August 24, 2009
The Guitar in American Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar Periodicals 1882-1933
Between 1880 and the mid-1930s, a unique musical movement grew and flourished in this country. Focused on the promotion of so-called “plectral instruments,” this movement promoted the banjo, the mandolin, and the guitar as cultivated instruments on a par with the classical violin or piano. The Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar (BMG) community consisted of instrument manufacturers, music publishers, professional teachers and composers, and amateur students. While some professional soloists achieved national recognition, the performing focus of the movement was ensemble work, with bands of banjos, mandolins and guitars ranging from quartets and quintets (modeled on the violin-family string ensembles) to festival orchestras of up to 400 players (mimicking the late romantic symphony orchestra).
The bibliography consists of two large sections. The first contains a chronological list of articles, news items, advertisements, illustrations, and photographs as well as a list of musical works for guitar published in the BMG magazines. The second section of the bibliography is a series of indices which link names and subjects to the lists. With nearly 5500 entries and over 100 pages of indices, this bibliography offers researchers access to a musical world that has been locked away on library shelves for the past century.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The composer developed severe swelling and back pain that was consistent with a strep infection which led to kidney inflammation known as glomerulonephritis. Researcher Richard Zegers said witnesses may have thought it was possible Mozart may have had scarlet fever, but since his rash came at the end of his illness this was ruled out. With scarlet fever, a rash appears early on.
Previous reports of how Mozart died were thought to be less than reliable. On his death certificate is was officially stated that cause of death was Hitziges Friselfieber, also known as "heated miliary fever", a rash that looked like millet seeds. Is is also thought intentional poisoning, rheumatic fever or trichinosis (eating undercooked pork) were to blame.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Music in Words: A Guide to Researching & Writing about Music. Trevor Herbert addresses all the issues that anyone, from students to professional musicians, may be confronted with when undertaking a writing task, whether it be a programme note or thesis. This clearly thought-out book is a guide and reference manual in one: the first part is a 'how to' section, including an introduction to the strategic use of the Internet; the second, a compendium of information for quick reference. Its straightforward approach will make it a much-needed support for those who have little or no experience of writing about music, while being equally useful as a reference tool for more experienced users.
Monday, June 22, 2009
By Ben Sheffner
LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - The recording industry secured a resounding victory last week when a Minneapolis jury awarded the four major labels $1.92 million in damages after unanimously finding that a 32-year-old mother had willfully infringed on their copyrights by downloading and sharing 24 songs on the Kazaa peer-to-peer network. more
Monday, April 27, 2009
Choral Repertoire is a comprehensive one-volume presentation of the canon of the Western choral tradition. Designed for practicing conductors and directors, students and teachers of choral music, amateur and professional singers, scholars, and interested vocal enthusiasts, it is an account of the complete choral output of the most significant composers of this genre throughout history. Organized by era (Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern), this book will be an essential guide to programming, a reference tool for program notes and other research, and, most importantly, a key resource for conductors, instructors, scholars, and students of choral music.
Monday, April 13, 2009
The ethnomusicologist Rolf Killius has recorded traditional Indian music for the British Library for more than a dozen years, and the Archival Sound Recordings website for the Library has samples of some of the folk, devotional, and ritual music of India that he has recorded. The website allows the visitor to listen to the music by location.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
More than a third of Bartok's compositions are folksong arrangements. This catalogue brings together all the melodies that are in these compositions, including Arab, Hungarian, Romanian, Ruthenian, Serbian and Slovak melodies. Take a look! Con Ref ML134.B18 L27 2008
Ecology - Songs and Music
Earth Day -- Songs and music
Winter -- Songs and music
Summer -- Songs and music
Spring -- Songs and music
Autumn -- Songs and music
Monday, March 16, 2009
- By Tim Smith | firstname.lastname@example.org
- 10:40 PM EDT, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
(Con Ref ML128.S3 C65 2008 ) is a reference source devoted to songs with English texts by American composers, written for solo voice and piano. The book focuses exclusively on art song since 1980, a substantial period largely ignored by scholars. This is the first study to examine this repertory in detail, and many of the songs and composers are discussed in print for the first time.
Keith E. Clifton has examined approximately 1000 songs by nearly 200 composers. Many songs employ musical idioms well beyond traditional classical styles, including references to jazz, musical theater, rap, and rock & roll, and several songs blur the boundaries between recital and stage works. Organized alphabetically by composer, entries contain complete biographical and bibliographical information, with major works and links to print resources and composer websites when available. In addition, Clifton provides detailed information on the vocal range, musical style, and appropriate voice type for individual songs. The book concludes with a full discography and bibliography, as well as indexes listing the works by poet, song cycle, title, voice type, and level of difficulty.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
- First editions of individual works published before 1881
- Non-first editions of individual works published before 1881
- Collective editions published before 1881
Monday, March 2, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
The online version of Colin Larkin's 10-volume The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 4th Edition is available through Oxford Music Online. Containing 27,000 entries and over 6,000 new entries, it features a broad musical scope covering popular music of all genres and periods from 1900 to the present day, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music. The Encyclopedia also offers thousands of additional entries covering popular music genres, trends, styles, record labels, venues, and music festivals. Key dates, biographies, and further reading are provided for artists covered, along with complete discographies that include record labels, release dates, and a 5-star album rating system. Check it out here.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
by Declan McCullagh
President Obama is continuing to fill the senior ranks of the U.S. Department of Justice with the copyright industry's favorite lawyers.
Donald Verrilli announced Wednesday that he had been named associate deputy attorney general. Verrilli is the lawyer who pulled the plug on Grokster, sued Google on behalf of Viacom, and represented the Recording Industry Association of America against a Minnesota woman named Jammie Thomas who's accused of illicit file sharing. more
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Controlled vocabulary is the words and phrases used by a subject specialist when creating subject headings for an article, document, or book for a specific index or catalog. For example, the books in Oberlin's library collection are assigned subject headings from the Library of Congress Subject Headings. Articles listed in Music Index, JSTOR and other are given subject headings by subject specialists, or indexers. These subject headings are then listed in a thesaurus designed for that database. This is meant to provide consistency and order in the chosen words and phrases. If you don't know what the proper subject heading is, try a WORD search in OBIS, select a promising bibliographic record, and then click on the subject to find other like items. Voilà!!
Monday, February 9, 2009
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Monday, January 26, 2009
Before he died in 2003, the late classical musician Eugene Istomin sat down with some of his musical compatriots to record a series of programs titled "Great Conversations in Music". These four wonderful programs are included here on this website, which is maintained by the Library of Congress. The programs were produced and directed by Peter Rosen, and visitors may wish to start their travels through the site by reading a bit about Istomin in the short essay titled "Remembering Eugene Istomin". Moving on, visitors will find the full-length programs "The Pianists", "The Composers", "Chamber Music", and "The Virtuosos". Each program contains performances and conversations with people like Emmanuel Ax, Leon Fleisher, Charles Rosen, Lynn Harrell, and Yo-Yo Ma.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
ITunes U is a part of the ITunes Store featuring free lectures, language lessons, audio books, and more, Explore over 75,000 educational audio and video files from top universities, museums and public media organizations from around the world. Click on ITunes Store and follow the links by educational institution, academic interest, or top downloads.
Topics available in music range from classical guitar recitals at the University of Utah to The Folkways Collection at Smithsonian Global Sound to lectures and performances at Yale School of Music. Check it out!!