100 years at the Music Library: 2011-2020

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In 1921, the University of Toronto took over ownership and operation of the Toronto Conservatory and its library collection became the basis for the present-day Music Library. In celebration of our 100-year anniversary, we are in the process of featuring 100 items from our library on Instagram and Facebook. All items were selected by current and past library staff. If you missed them on social media, here they are again. To see all items selected thus far, check out the blog series "100 years at the Music Library". To learn more about the past, present, and future of the U of T Music Library, see the series articles written for Open Shelf, the Ontario Library Association (OLA) magazine: "Becoming University of Toronto Music Library."

The following items were selected and curated by Jay Lambie, Library Technician.

2011: Tania Gill

CD cover of Tania Gill's debut albumFormer University of Toronto Faculty of Music student and acclaimed composer and pianist Tania Gill is a key figure in the Toronto scenes of jazz and creative music. Her debut album Bolger Station was released on Barnyard Records in 2011. Borrow her CD at the Music library (CD 66043).

2012-2013: Larysa Kuzmenko

Excerpt from Doctor Faustus scoreLarysa Kuzmenko is a Juno Awards-nominated Canadian composer and pianist based in Toronto, Ontario. She currently teaches on the music faculties of The Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto. In 2012/13, her dramatic song for mezzo-soprano and piano Doctor Faustus was published by Plangere Editions. Borrow it from the Music Library (M1621 .K89 D63 2013), or access the score online via the library.

2013: Department of Jazz Studies


Reverse side of CD cover for ReflectionsOn Thursday, October 24, 2013, the Department of Jazz Studies at U of T’s Faculty of Music released their debut CD through their new recording label University of Toronto Friends of Jazz. Entitled Reflections, it featured Mike Murley and the University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra. Borrow the CD from the Music Library (CD 70719).

2014: John Beckwith

First page of Tanu manuscriptAvondale Press published John Beckwith’s Tanu for soprano, flute and cello in 2014. The music was inspired by carved poles of the east coast of Tanu Island. John Beckwith, 1927-, is a Canadian composer, lecturer and former dean at U of T’s Faculty of Music. His archives are held at the U of T Music Library.

Borrow Tanu from the library.

Browse his archives, including the manuscript score and sketches for Tanu.

2015: Brian McDonagh


Excerpt from Spanish SkiesBrian McDonagh’s edition of Spanish Skies was released by Plangere Publishing in 2015. These five songs on texts by Marianne Bindig were set by Harry Freedman. McDonagh teaches piano at the Faculty of Music and Bindig is a mezzo-soprano, poet and former student of the Faculty. From 1989-1991 Freedman taught classes in composition and orchestration at the Faculty.

Borrow Spanish Skies from the library. Access the score online, via the library.

2016: This Troubled Land

CD cover of This Troubled LandThis Troubled Land is the fourth album by the modern jazz group Circles. An exploration of Toronto’s identity, each track on the album takes inspiration from a different moment of the city’s history. Alex Samaras, a former jazz student and current faculty member at UofT’s Faculty of Music is a member of Circles.

Borrow the CD from the library (CD 0396).

2017: John Greer

Excerpt from The House of TomorrowExcerpt from A Sarah Binks Songbook

In 2017 two song cycles by John Greer were published by Plangere Editions: The House of Tomorrow and A Sarah Binks Songbook. John Greer, composer, accompanist, vocal coach and conductor was a faculty member at UofT’s Faculty of Music in the 1980s.

Borrow the scores from the Music Library:

Access the scores online, via the library:

2018: Serenade to Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams

CD cover from recording of Serenade to Music2018 saw the release of Ralph Vaughan William’s Serenade to Music on the Chandos label. The performers in this work include UofT Music alumnae Carla Huhtanen, Emily d’Angelo and Lawrence Wiliford.

Borrow the CD at the Music Library (CD 25084).


Cover of Music and modernity among First Peoples of North AmericaEdited by Victoria Lindsay Levine, professor of music at Colorado College, and Dylan Robinson (Stó:lō),  the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts at Queen's University, the book "Music and Modernity among First Peoples of North America" (2019) is a recent addition to our library shelves.

From the back: "ReVisioning Indigenous Musicology: Indigenous and settler scholars from both Canada and the United States explore topics that range from powwow, Native Classical, and hip-hop to television soundtracks and experimental music. Working from the premise that multiple modernities exist for Indigenous peoples, the authors seek to understand contemporary musical expression from Native perspectives and to decolonize the study of Native American/First Nations music."

Borrow it from the Music Library or read the eBook online.


Cover of Put your hands on your hips and act like a woman: Black history and poetics in performance by Gale P. JacksonIn 2020, the Music Library (re-)started a blog as one of our efforts to stay connected with our community during the pandemic and to keep our users up to date with goings-on at the library. One of the regular series on the blog is our "Recent Acquisitions" lists, a virtual new arrivals shelf, started in October 2020 and still going today.