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Some of the most important and interesting material the library collects to support musical scholarship or performance can be found in manuscripts of musical works, all from the Kulas Music Library collection of facsimiles of primary source materials.
History can come to life with some of these materials that contain sketches, are drafts or final versions, or are early editions. Imagine being a performance major and using a 19th century edition of J.S. Bach's first book of his Well-Tempered Clavier, annotated in part by Frederic Chopin, for one of his pupils. The pupil was Pauline Chazaren who later taught Cosima Liszt, Franz Liszt's daughter. Facsimilies of early prints are free of the articulation markings of a modern editor, and become some of the foundations of an academic music library. In this case, the Bach score gives us insight into Bach's place in the 19th century, the 19th century performance practice of earlier music, Chopin's playing of the work, and also illuminates the link between Bach, Chopin, and Lizt.
A satellite library of KSL, Kulas Music Library has staff and collections to support music scholarship. Music databases include a rich variety of resources and include streaming music databases like Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM), Classical Music Library, Naxos, and Smithsonian Global Sound. Listen to them, and learn more about composers, music, and more, in Grove Music Online, and visit one of the campus treasures, the Kulas Music Library!
Posted by Karen Oye on May 26, 2011 12:01 PM