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: Rebecca Shaw, Music Archivist
Posted 3 Dec, 2020

A blanket of snow covers the ground and suddenly winter is upon us. Today, we bring you a small selection of winter-themed music from our collection to contribute to your seasonal soundtrack. Included are items from our physical collection (available… read more

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Author: Jay Lambie, Library Technician
Posted 26 Nov, 2020

The Music Library is still open for curbside pickup. Check out our FAQ page for up-to-date information on library services and policies. If you need a reminder on how to… read more

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Author: Rebecca Shaw, Music Archivist
Posted 19 Nov, 2020

I am happy to announce three new collections in the Music Library archives, containing, respectively, the personal and professional papers of Elizabeth Benson Guy, Emmy Heim, and Greta Kraus. All significant performers and educators, their respective… read more

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Author: Jay Lambie, Library Technician
Posted 5 Nov, 2020

Welcome to the second installment of our Virtual New Arrivals Shelf. As with the first installment, all items may be requested through our library catalogue. Click each call number to view the items in our catalogue and then select “… read more

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Author: Tegan Niziol, Graduate Student Library Assistant (GSLA)
Posted 22 Oct, 2020

Did you miss all the great costumes at last year’s Halloween “Frankenstein!!” concert or Barbara Hannigan’s master class with the Contemporary Music Ensemble? Are you a former student reminiscing about your performances at the Faculty of Music in the… read more

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Author: Jay Lambie, Library Technician
Posted 8 Oct, 2020

Do you miss browsing the new arrivals at the Music Library? Today, we bring you the first installment of our Virtual New Arrivals Shelf. All items may be requested through our library catalogue. Click each… read more

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Author: Trevor Deck, Music & Film Collections Librarian
Posted 6 Oct, 2020

I am very pleased to announce University of Toronto Libraries now offers institutional access to a new digital music score platform called nKoda. This platform offers access to tens of thousands of scores from over 100 publishers, including the likes… read more

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Author: Trevor Deck, Music & Film Collections Librarian
Posted 5 Oct, 2020

The past six month have left me dearly missing the typically endless supply of live music in Toronto in any given week. To help fill the live music void in my life, I have found myself increasingly turning towards online concerts.

I am,… read more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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