February is Black History Month, which is a time to honour the lives of Black people. In the Music Library, we are highlighting the achievements of Black musicians, composers, and movements in our display this month. We encourage you to come in and… read more
You may have noticed that we have a new display up in the Music Library. We are so excited to feature some of the queer stories we have in our collection – including queer musicians, queer composers, and queer movements.
Queer is a term used… read more
The 2023 Winter/Summer exhibit at the University of Toronto Music Library celebrates the esteemed Canadian composer, writer, educator, pianist, broadcaster, and administrator John Beckwith (1927-2022). To view the exhibit in its entirety, start with… read more
Large, beautiful mountains cradle the city of Kermanshah, Iran. The weather is moderate: warm days and cool nights make for pleasant weather year-round. Frequently sunny, occasionally rainy, and rarely snowy. In the countryside, you might hear… read more
To quote Dean Ellie Hisama, “music theory as a field is often regarded as neutral […] and exempt from discussions of issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, nationality, citizenship, economics, politics, and so forth” (Hisama 2018, 253). Hisama… read more
As you make your way back to the Music Library you may have noticed that things look a little bit different in the Music Library. We are currently shifting items around as part of an ongoing process to make our collections more physically accessible.… read more
In “Moving in the Circle: Indigenous Solidarity for Canadian Libraries” (2017), Julie Blair and Desmond Wong state that “Indigenous histories have been largely omitted and separated from library collections. Their article is one of many calls for post-… read more
Music is power. It has the ability to carefully craft and transmit a subtle nonverbal message subversively such as Giuseppe Verdi’s nostalgic invocation of nation through “va pensiero” in Nabucco. Other times, the message is loud and in your… read more
Ukraine and Canada have a long history together that has impacted the Canadian art music scene. Today we are going to take a look at some of that history.
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