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.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Monday, August 24, 2009

New in Con Ref: The Guitar in American Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar Periodicals 1882-1933

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

New Findings on the Death of Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart may have died at 35 from complications of strep throat in 1791. According to a Dutch study by researchers of the University of Amsterdam, Mozart may of been one of several citizens of Vienna who contracted a deadly kidney complication that stemmed from a strep throat infection during the winter of 1791.

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.