Music in the Gorno Library Fri. April 20, 2018

Gorno programJoin us Fri. April 20 at 1:30 PM in the Gorno Library for a concert of songs by Henri Duparc performed by members of the Collaborative Piano Seminar in conjunction with the Special Topics Voice students.  View program (pdf). The event is free and open to all.

About the concert:

Henri Duparc  (1848 – 1933) is a unique composer in that his entire international reputation rests upon the sixteen songs for one voice and piano as well as the solitary duet for two voices and piano.  These songs were composed between 1868 and 1884. He chose to orchestrate some of them for symphonic concert performances in the following decade but failed to compose anything new for the remainder of his life.  This phenomenon was caused by a neurasthenic condition that struck in the mid 1880’s and consistently worsened as the decades went by.

He was very strongly influenced by  César Franck’s teaching in his productive decades and it was Franck who encouraged him to make  pilgrimages to Munich and Bayreuth in order to hear the Wagner operas not being presented in Paris.  The unstable  chromatic harmonies of Franck and Wagner are clearly audible in some of the more mature songs. From at least two of the songs, it would appear Duparc was also familiar with the darker influences of Edgar Allan Poe’s world of the macabre.

 When taken as a whole, this limited output contains a surprisingly broad variety of songs  and at least two of which (to poems of Baudelaire) count among the greatest merging of poet and composer in the history of French song.

Oxford Music Online interface has changed

No. You are not suffering from sleep deprivation or over-study. As of Dec. 7, the Oxford Music Online interface has changed. First observation: works lists are integrated into the main article (no more “works” tab). To navigate to a works list, use the outline in the left column. It is going to take time for all of us to adjust. If there is something you are sure must be there, but you simply cannot find now, please contact one of the music librarians, and we will do our best to assist: Jenny Doctor: jenny.doctor@uc.edu or Paul Cauthen: paul.cauthen@uc.edu.

Finding Music Materials in the Music Library

By its very nature music can be a challenge to find in any organized space, not just the music library.  The Library has two guides that we hope will help make your searches for music in our library easier and more often successful. In the menu of our Library Guides they are Finding Music Materials and How to Use Online Catalog.

And as always, feel free to ask our library staff for assistance whenever you have a question or for help finding anything you need or are looking for in our Library.

 

Beethoven’s “Life Mask” now in the Gorno Memorial Music Library

The Gorno Memorial Music Library is delighted that a woodcut, dating from 18 December 1920, of Beethoven’s “Life Mask” by August Becker (1878–1942), German artist and Holzschneider, now hangs in the north end of the Reading Room. This work was presumably prepared in celebration of Beethoven’s 150th birthday celebrations, which had occurred two days before its creation.

As Professor Emeritus Edward Nowacki observes: “The image is Beethoven’s life mask surrounded with laurel leaves painted in gold with the motto of the Fifth Symphony across the bottom and Becker’s monogram, AB, at the top. The story of the mask is well known in the Beethoven literature. In 1812 Beethoven’s friend Andreas Streicher, a manufacturer of pianos whose showroom was decorated with portraits of composers, commissioned the sculptor Franz Klein to create a bust of the composer.  As a preliminary step, Klein asked Beethoven to sit for a plaster casting of his face. Midway through the sitting Beethoven panicked and tore off the cast before it had set. The sculptor then persuaded him to permit a second attempt, which was successful. The bronze bust made from this cast is now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. It is considered the most accurate likeness of the adult Beethoven, and several artists have made their own images based on it.”

The woodcut is part of the University of Cincinnati’s Fine Arts Collection. It hung in the offices of the College-Conservatory of Music since 1989, but will now reside in the Gorno Memorial Music Library.

Music encyclopedia MGG is now online – trial begins Feb. 1

The outstanding German music encyclopedia Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart is now online! MGG Online  includes the content of the 1994–2008 print edition of MGG as well as future updates, revisions, and additions. MGG Online is published in conjunction with RILM, which contributes its expertise to the design of the online database and the creation of a user-friendly platform. Read more. Please explore and get to know this outstanding resource – our trial lasts until March 2, 2017.