Friday, November 19, 2010

Electronic Dictionary of Musical Themes

By special arrangement with Crown Publishers, The Multimedia Library provides music lovers, music students, and musicologists with a unique new resource — the Dictionary of Musical Themes by Barlow and Morgenstern, now available as Standard MIDI files for computer-based enjoyment, study and analysis. 

This collection of 9,825 musical themes (the works of over 150 composers) from the Barlow-Morgenstern original compilation can be played in any browser using Quicktime. You can search by composer, by category of music or by note (solfeggio) in key-independent fashion.

(Example: eeecdddb will find Beethoven's Fifth.)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Musical America Names 2011 Honorees

NEW YORK -- Musical America has announced its annual award winners, in conjunction with the upcoming publication of the Musical America International Directory of the Performing Arts, 2011 edition. The winners will be honored in a ceremony at Carnegie Hall on December 13.

Heading the group of five distinguished artists is violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, who this season celebrates her 35th anniversary as a performer, more

Oberlin Song Index

Need help finding the music for a song in the Conservatory Library? Take a look at the Oberlin Song Index. The Oberlin Song Index is an index of 48,000+ songs in anthologies held by the Oberlin Conservatory Library.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Schedule a Reference Appointment!

Reference appointments offer you in-depth, one-on-one assistance with identifying locating, and using resources in the Oberlin Conservatory Library.
Kathy Abromeit, Music Reference Librarian
 or 440/775-5131

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Gustav Mahler at 150: Tenth Symphony in Facsimile - On Display!

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.

In May 1911, when Gustav Mahler was on his deathbed, he told his wife Alma that he wanted her to burn the manuscript of the Tenth Symphony. Alma did not destroy the manuscript, but instead kept the sketches under lock and key until 1924. At that point, apparently in financial trouble, she agreed to publish the manuscript in facsimile. The work has since been completed by a variety of composers, including Ernst Krenek, Alma's son-in-law, who created a performance edition of the first and third movements. The mystery, confusion, and controversy around the Tenth Symphony remain.