Notes From the Music Library

Welcome to Notes from the Music Library, our new blog. We will be using this platform to communicate with the public, particularly during the present COVID-19 crisis, when normal library activities have been suspended. Please bookmark this page and check back for bi-weekly posts!

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Author: Trevor Deck, Music & Film Collections Librarian
Posted 17 Sep, 2020

With a new school year upon us, and one where digital access to library resources is more important than ever, this blog provides an overview of University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) licensed e-resources that offer electronic access to audio and video… read more

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Author: Janneka Guise, Director, Music Library
Posted 4 Sep, 2020

I am delighted to welcome you back to the Music Library this September! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, library services look a little different this Fall. Since the Edward Johnson Building is now locked with FOB access, only those with FOBs will be able… read more

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Author: Rebecca Shaw, Music Archivist
Posted 27 Aug, 2020

In the spirit of the back-to-school season, this week’s blog features three historical pedagogical sources to pique your interest. Selected at random from our digital collection of rare books, these instructional manuals will teach you how to sing,… read more

Robarts Library
Author: Trevor Deck, Music & Film Collections Management Librarian
Posted 14 Aug, 2020

I am happy to share that the Robarts curbside pickup pilot will be expanded to include materials in the Music Library as of this Monday, August 17!

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Author: Rebecca Shaw, Music Archivist
Posted 30 Jul, 2020

Hidden in the Rare Book Vault at the Music Library is a collection of early-seventeenth-century madrigals for five voices. While access to the physical copy of this treasure is not possible right now, it is fully digitized and available online. The… read more

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Author: Trevor Deck, Music & Film Collections Management Librarian
Posted 16 Jul, 2020

As we approach the beginning of the Fall 2020 term, we at the Music Library are busy investigating various strategies for accessing music library materials, while maintaining safety protocols to protect library users from exposure to COVID-19. Despite… read more

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Author: Rebecca Shaw, Music Archivist
Posted 25 Jun, 2020

Although there were some efforts in the early 1800s to publish sheet music in Canada, the sheet music publishing industry did not take off until the 1840s. Early Canadian music publishers, including A. & S. Nordheimer (established in Kingston in… read more

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Author: Tegan Ridge, BA student, University of Toronto
Posted 11 Jun, 2020

Today's blog post is brought to you by Tegan Ridge, a Bachelor of Arts student at the University of Toronto. The work presented here would have been part of this year's Faculty of Music… read more

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Author: Trevor Deck, Music & Film Collections Management Librarian
Posted 28 May, 2020

In my last post, I shared some open-access resources for digital music scores. As a follow up, I thought it would be helpful to share some strategies for accessing ebooks while our libraries remain closed. Thanks to several wonderful initiatives from… read more

Manuscript score for Gluck's Alceste
Author: Rebecca Shaw, Music Archivist
Posted 14 May, 2020

The Music Library holds over 1,000 volumes in its Rare Book Room that were published or copied during the Classical period, including manuscripts, published scores and parts, sheet music rebound into binder’s albums, music histories, instrument manuals… read more

Sample score from Internet Archive
Author: Trevor Deck, Music & Film Collections Management Librarian
Posted 30 Apr, 2020

One of the Music Library’s most immediate challenges since the campus-wide closures due to COVID19 has been the matter of how to go about providing access to scores in a strictly online environment. While there is no direct substitute for the two… read more

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Author: Rebecca Shaw, Music Archivist
Posted 13 Apr, 2020

The mission of the Internet Archive is to provide “universal access to all knowledge.” While such an ambitious goal has yet to be achieved, the archive remains a rich source of material. In their… read more

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Author: Trevor Deck, Music & Film Collections Management Librarian
Posted 13 Apr, 2020

Last week, the Music Library initiated trial access for the Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale’s (RILM) Music Encyclopedias database. This platform provides… read more

View from the back door of the Edward Johnson Building, looking out over the Philosopher's Walk at sunset.
Posted 13 Apr, 2020

Welcome to Notes from the Music Library, our new blog. We will be using this platform to communicate with the public, particularly during the present COVID-19 crisis, when normal library activities have been suspended. Today, we provide an… read more