A University Libraries Exhibition
To commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month, the University of Miami Libraries is displaying an exhibit celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the Hispanic community in the United States. Hispanic Heritage Month is a time for sharing and honoring the histories, cultures, and contributions of those who have come to the States from, or whose ancestors came from, Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Discover books, movies, and music that may be borrowed and enjoyed at home, and peruse rare photographs, one-of-a-kind artists’ books, musical scores, and literary manuscripts.
On view are selections from the Libraries’ many distinctive areas, including materials from Special Collections, the Cuban Heritage Collection, the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library, and the University Archives, all celebrating Hispanic and Latino/a history, art, and culture. Learn more about the exhibition »
Richard 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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One of the foremost pioneers of avant-garde music in the mid-20th century, John Cage is most well-known for his aleatory or “chance” compositions, over which he had little or no influence organization, performance, or, in some cases, even the compositional process itself. Cage’s most significant aleatory composition is his signature work 4’33”, which was composed for any instrument or combination of instruments and consists of three movements in which the performer or performers produces not a single note of music; instead, the “music” is the ambient sound of the performing space. His compositions, lectures, writings, and collaborations with choreographer Merce Cunningham and artists such as Robert Rauschenberg made him internationally famous, and led him to be one of the most influential music personalities of the last century.
In celebration of the centennial of this truly remarkable icon of modern music, The Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library is pleased to present an exhibit of scores, recordings, and other materials by and about John Cage. This exhibit will be on display beginning September 2012. For more information, visit http://libguides.miami.edu/JohnCage.
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Created under the direction of Alfonso X “El Sabio” (“The Wise”), King of Castile during the latter half of the 13th century, the Cantigas de Santa Maria was composed as an ode to the Virgin Mary and comprises four manuscripts containing over 400 monophonic songs called “cantigas.” The collection consists chiefly of narratives of the miracles of the Virgin Mary, interspersed by songs of praise. The miracle narratives are illustrated by illuminated miniatures, arranged in panels much like the comic books and graphic novels of today.
The Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library is pleased to have a full-color facsimile of one of these four manuscripts: the richly ornamented códice rico held at the Real Biblioteca de San Lorenzo de El Escorial. This impressive, leather-bound facsimile was produced in 1979 by the Madrid firm Edilán-Ars Libris. One of a limited edition of 2,000 copies, this facsimile is a highly-valued part of our collection and a testament to one of the greatest artistic achievements of the 13th century.
The Cantigas de Santa Maria will be on display in the lobby at Weeks Music Library through the end of August 2012.
Billing itself as “The World’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band,” the Rolling Stones—which formed in London, in April 1962—has influenced countless rock groups that have followed in its wake, and continues to produce chart-topping albums and sell out concerts.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Rolling Stones, the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library is pleased to present a selection of materials from our collection related to this talented and influential group.
The Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (RIPM) is an international database that indexes the contents of music periodicals dating from 1800 to 1950. RIPM indexes articles, reviews, illustrations, music examples, ads, and press releases. In addition, through its Online Archive, users can access the full-text of 105 music periodicals, including English-language translations of foreign-language articles. Give RIPM a try!