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Unearthed In A Library, ‘Voodoo’ Opera Rises Again

“About eight years ago, as a grad student, Annie Holt was working in Columbia University’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Library when she was assigned to catalogue the work of Harry Lawrence Freeman, a largely forgotten Harlem-based composer from the early 20th century. “It was fabulous!” she says. “I had the honor of going through all the cardboard boxes that came right from his family’s house and unearthing everything, and I, for myself, discovered how amazing his story was and how amazing his music is.” (via NPR)

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Denver Public Library launches local music service Volume

“Like books, CDs have gone the way of vinyl and cassette. This generation’s musicians are emerging in a digital landscape. Albums are sold as MP3s, branding is done through social media, and many times the instruments themselves are nothing more than laptops and hard drives. Music, along with technology, moves quickly, and it’s up to traditionalists to catch up. In the year of its 125th birthday, the Denver Public Library is hitting play on a digital means to disseminate local music to the community.” (via The Denver Post)

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US library launches ‘Songs of America’ online

“The Library of Congress is opening a new digital collection of the “Songs of America” to help teach the nation’s history through music. The library’s new free online resource launched this week. It includes 80,000 digitized items, including recordings, videos, sheet music, essays, biographies, maps and curator talks.” (via AP)

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Adding musical scores to Wikimedia

“Sound and musical content have long trailed behind other subjects on Wikipedia, but that is beginning to change with a new musical scores extension for MediaWiki, the software running Wikipedia and thousands of other wikis. The Score extension was added to a MediaWiki deployment earlier this year and allows users to render musical scores as PNG images and transform them into audio and MIDI files.” (via Wikimedia blog)

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EBSCO Introduces RIPM e-Library of Music Periodicals™ — Offering Rare Collection of Full-Text Music Journals

“RIPM e-Library of Music Periodicals™is now available from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO). RIPM e-Library of Music Periodicals is a collection of rare primary source documents offering music researchers access to a special selection of full text music journals unavailable elsewhere. The first installment of this collection includes 150,000 pages from 25 music journals dealing with musical life in world capitals: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bilbao, Brussels, Budapest, Lisbon, Madrid, Milan, New York, Prague, Paris, St. Petersburg and Warsaw. The collection also contains several monumental journals including Musical America until 1922, Le Guide musical (Brussels, 1855-1919), the Neue Berliner Musikzeitung (Berlin 1847-1896) and several early musicology periodicals. Future titles will include those focusing on instruments, genres, musicology’s early periodicals, music education and jazz, with others combining both musical and non musical content, such as theatrical and general arts journals. New titles will be added on a regular basis.” (via EBSCO)

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THEATER HUNTS FOR LOST MUSICALS AND PUTS THEM ON

“Don’t be fooled by how mild-mannered Ben West seems. He’s the musical theater world’s Sherlock Holmes and Victor Frankenstein rolled into one. As artistic director of the nonprofit UnsungMusicalsCo. Inc., West scours libraries, newspaper archives and databases for overlooked and undervalued musicals. Then he breathes life into them.” (via The Associated Press)

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Lewis Music Library launches Music at MIT Oral History Collection website

“A new library resource, the Music at MIT Oral History Collection, brings the history of music at MIT to life through in-depth video and audio interviews with MIT music faculty, staff, and former students. It shares the stories of performers, conductors, composers, music theorists, historians, acousticians, librarians, scientists and engineers, revealing their contributions to the musical life of the Institute and the world at large, as well as the effect music at MIT had in their own lives and careers.” (via MIT Libraries News)

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Library offers musical downloads

“A little more than a year ago, the Iowa City Public Library launched an ambitious project: collecting music from a wide variety of local bands and make the songs available online, free to download for library users. “We at the library are constantly watching formats … and people want a downloadable product,” said Jason Paulios, a senior librarian in adult services at the library. Paulios took over the position of senior librarian from John Hiett last year. Hiett started the program, called the Local Music Project, in June 2012 with the goal of offering local music to library patrons in a digital, downloadable setting.” (via The Daily Iowan)

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Library of Congress adds 25 recordings to registry

“From Jimmie Davis’ You Are My Sunshine to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, the newest inductees into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, announced Wednesday, span 62 years of recorded sound and represent an impressive diversity.” (via USA Today)

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Philharmonic Pours More of Its Archives Onto the Web

“Sheet music on music stands provide the road map for an orchestra’s performance, but scribbled annotations by the players impose a conductor’s ideas and serve as simple reminders to make an entrance or count correctly. Now, with more than half-million new digitized pages poured into the New York Philharmonic’s electronic archives, that world is open to inspection. It may prove interesting to concertgoers, and fascinating to musicians who may have to play those parts themselves. The Philharmonic on Thursday said it had completed the first phase of an effort to put its vast archive on the Internet. Lasting three years so far, the project has made available public programs, scores and internal documents from 1943, when Leonard Bernstein made his debut with the orchestra, to 1970, the year after he left as music director.

via NYTimes

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