75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz

OzSmallThe Wizard of Oz premiered August 25, 1939. Based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, the film follows Dorothy Gale from her home in Kansas to the Technicolor Land of Oz. With her faithful dog, Toto, Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion “follow the yellow brick road” to the Emerald City and beyond.

Noted for its mastery of set design, effects, music, and narrative, The Wizard of Oz has become a cherished classic in the American film canon.

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of this treasured film classic, the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library is pleased to present a selection of materials from the University of Miami Libraries. These include books, scores, vinyl records, CDs, DVDs, and promotional materials. Come take a trip “over the rainbow” to the Land of Oz!



Liber Magistri: 12th century “encyclopedia of Western Europe”

The Liber magistri “has been described as one of the first encyclopedias of Western Europe in the 12th century.” Aside from a complete repertory of Gregorian chant—including the entire repertory of chants for the celebration of the mass and the divine office—the codex contains writings about the history and theory of music, theater, miniature production, medicine, agriculture, and other sciences.

The facsimile edition is reproduced in full color and bound in leather with brass closures. Presented to Professor Frank Cooper on the occasion of his retirement by University Librarian Bill Walker, this codex is a marvelous addition to the Frank Cooper Music Facsimile Collection.

 



Celebrating Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring!

On May 29, 1913, Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring premiered in Paris. It debuted to a riot between audience members thrilled by the innovative work and those who jeered at the bizarre choreography and discordant music. Despite its less-than-auspicious beginnings, the Rite is now considered one of the most important works of the 20th century.

The Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library is pleased to present an exhibit aboutThe Rite of Spring, which celebrated its centennial just last year. A facsimile edition of the autograph manuscript and images of an original costume design worn by one of the dancers are joined by quotes from modern day scholars and contemporary witnesses to the premiere of the ballet.

This exhibit will run through the Spring semester.







Citation and Writing for Music Research

Need to know how to tell a scholarly source from one that’s not so scholarly? Looking for some guidance on how to write about music? Want help with citation sources? Visit the Guide to Citation and Writing for Music Research. This source includes a link to examples of Turabian citation style for various types of resources, including music scores, recordings, and live performances.



Richard Wagner Bicentennial

Richard WagnerRichard Wagner (1813-1883) is among the elite group of composers who changed the course of music history. His operas—including the Ring cycle, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Tristan und Isolde—demonstrate that the richness of artistic expression can be freed from the limits of musical tradition: a philosophy that was fully realized in the experimentation of the 20thcentury. The Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library is pleased to present a selection of materials to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of this remarkable composer. This exhibit will be displayed in the lobby of the music library through the end of the semester.



Variations

Variations is a software system for streaming audio course reserves. This system allows students to have 24/7 access to their assigned listening, and provides instructors with easy access to recordings for use in the classroom. Any instructor who wishes to include music in the classroom or as an assignment may use Variations. For more information about using Variations in the classroom, visit our Variations LibGuide. If you would like to use Variations in your classroom, you may contact the Variations team at variations@umail.miami.edu.



Learn Music Software at Lynda.com!

Classes are over and summer will soon be here! This is a great time to brush up on your music technology skills. Become a master of Sibelius or Finale. Perfect your knowledge of Pro Tools. Learn about Studio One, Ableton Live, Auria, and Audacity. You can do all of this and more through Lynda.com.

Lynda.com provides high-quality online courses to teach a variety of “software, technology, creative, and business skills.” Through UM’s subscription to this resource, you have free access to courses teaching software for music composition, music editing, music notation, and music production, as well as countless other topics in related fields. Following the completion of a Lynda.com course, you may elect to receive a Certificate of Completion, so that you can share your accomplishment with friends, employers, clients, or colleagues.

For more information, visit Lynda.com.



Music for the Eyes: Highlights from the Frank Cooper Music Facsimile Collection

In honor of Professor Frank Cooper’s upcoming retirement from the University of Miami, and in celebration of his impressive contributions to music scholarship and to the dissemination of the arts to South Florida, the United States, and the world, the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library is proud to present a selection of music facsimiles from the Frank Cooper Music Facsimile Collection. Thanks to the generosity of Professor Frank Cooper’s family and friends the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library was able to purchase these beautiful reproductions of major music manuscripts.