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The place to see what's new at the Sarah Lawrence College William Schuman Music Library. Updated by Music Librarian Charlotte E. Price.
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Meredith Monk, Sarah Lawrence Girl

Did you know that Meredith Monk appears in nearly every genre of CD the SLC Music Library has

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Need an article by a specific author? I have a shortcut! For example, type au:“Benjamin Franklin” in the basic search box to search for articles by him.
Me, doling out search tips. (via jstor)


Martha Graham at Sarah Lawrence College

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Hello, Sarah Lawrence Class of 2018, and welcome to campus! I am looking seeing you all grace the doors of the Music Library (although not at once; there are more of you than there is space in here).

For those interested in visiting the Music Library during the opening weeks (I know many of you will need to pick up sheet music for auditions), here are the hours:

  • Friday 8/29-Sunday 8/31: Closed
  • Monday 9/1-Friday 9/5: Open 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday 9/6: Open 9am to 3pm
  • Sunday 9/7: Open 11am to 5pm
  • Monday 9/8-Thursday 9/11: Open 9am to 9pm
  • Friday 9/12: Open 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday 9/13-Sunday 9/14: Open 1pm to 5pm

And a reminder to all of you coming back that all music books are now located in the Main Library in the fancy new compact shelving. Scores and theory/teaching books remain here.

We’ve been on a break this summer (not from work, just from Tumblr). Here’s a peek at what’s been going on in the Main Library at Sarah Lawrence.

Don’t worry, the books are already back on the shelves. And the Music Library books (no scores or theory books) have moved to the Main Library, too, to make space for more sheet music in the Music Library.


Happy birthday Igor Stravinsky, born on this date in 1882.

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do read:

Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, American Guitarist

You can find Steve Lowenthal’s book on John Fahey at the Library and Archives.

And you will soon be able to find it at the SLC Library, too!


Female Composers of the Romantic Era:
The Male Composers stole the spotlight but the females were just as talented

When you hear about composers from the Romantic era or earlier, many people automatically assume that they are learning about a male, because they dominated the industry in an era where a woman’s place was not in the spotlight. Contrary to what many people believe, there are some extraordinarily talented female composers that called the Romantic era home, and it is high time that these exceedingly gifted composers take their rightful place in the spotlight. Here is a look at the lives and achievements of three brilliant female composers of the Romantic era.

Josephine Lang

One of the most famous female composers of the Romantic era was Josephine Lang. Born in 1815, Lang was born into a most musical family. Her mother was a soprano, her grandmother a coloratura soprano, her father a music director, and several aunts who each possessed musical ability. She was educated in Munich and composed many brilliant pieces of music. Some of her best works include “Erinnerung,” “Der Winter,” and “Herbst Gefuhl.”

Clara Wieck Schumann

Another exception female composer of the Romantic era is Clara Wieck Schumann. Born in 1819 to Friedrich Wieck, a piano company owner, and Marianne Tromlitz, a soprano vocalist, Clara Wieck Schumann had music flowing in her veins from birth. At a very young age, she was recognized by other famous composers as a tremendously gifted child prodigy. Some of her admirers include Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Nicolo Paganini and others. Some of her best works include “Nocturno, Op. 6, No. 2,” “Tre Romances, Op. 11,” and “Souvenir de Vienne, Op. 9.”

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel has not received even a sliver of the praise she deserves as a composer of the Romantic era. Born in 1805, she is the sister of Felix Mendelssohn and showed outstanding musical skill and talent as a child prodigy. History lends the story that at the age of 13, Fanny played all 24 pieces from Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier” by memory alone. Fanny would grow into a tremendous composer of the age whose compositions resounded with passion and intensity. Some of her best works include “Trio in D Minor,” “Melodie, Op. 4 No. 2,” and “Aus Meinen Tranen.” [x]

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Today we learned that the Charleston is really tough to dance in wooden clogs. Follow through the link for a video of Baker dancing and charming the Dutch.


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Run — do not walk — over to Medium for this fascinating article on how libraries decide to weed out their collections.  And then go check out an old favorite book, even if you’ve got no intention of reading it!

Since every system of elimination is based, no matter what they say, on circulation counts, the number of years that have elapsed since a book was last checked out, or the number of times it has been checked out overall, if you feel strongly about a book, you should go to every library you have access to and check out the volume you care about. Take it home awhile. Read it or don’t. Keep it beside you as you read the same book on a Kindle, Nook, or iPad. Let it breathe the air of your home, and then take it back to the library, knowing you have fought the guerrilla war for physical books. 

— Petra

Want to know a little more about how libraries (like the SLC libraries) take care of their collections? This is a fantastic article about the process


Williams’s arrangements were not limited to Andy Kirk’s band. Her compositions were featured by jazz greats including, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Earl Hines, and Jimmie Lunceford. The New York Philharmonic performed Williams’s Zodiac Suite at Carnegie Hall in 1946. The Suite was composed of twelve arrangements, each labeled for a sign of the zodiac and all inspired by different jazz musicians.

Celebrating the life and legacy of the jazz legend Mary Lou Williams.

Image: Mary Lou Williams by William Gottlieb, William, c. 1946. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.


Vinyl and needle magnified X1000 

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It’s like music, you have the sheet music but then you play it and there’s different rhythms to it — there’s different things you hear — there’s things you hear for the first time," he says. "The mistakes are the best part, sometimes.
Denzel Washington on performing A Raisin in the Sun every night  (via nprfreshair)