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 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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E-resources

First page of a manuscript copy of Glucke'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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E-resources, Rare books

First page of Beethoven's Sonata, op. 49, no. 2
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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E-resources

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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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E-resources, New titles

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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