Resources Archives

April 15, 2008

Job hunting?

Looking for a job in music, dance, or theatre? Start by visiting the College of Fine and Applied Arts Career Services office. They've got job listings, resume guidance, workshops, and more.

The School of Music also maintains a career opportunity list.

If you are a musician looking for a festival to attend this summer, Career Services also has a festival list.

Look for more information on our website in the near future!

April 28, 2008

DVDs can be checked out

Did you know that the Music Library has hundreds of DVDs in various genres (not just opera!) that you can check out? All you have to do is take the call number to the circulation desk and ask for the item. Here is just a small sample:

DVD M5 C538 2002 Claudio Arrau: Schumann Piano Concerto, Schumann Carnaval, Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 32

DVD M1060 K378 2005 Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic: Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

DVD M1630.18 S736 2002 Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette: Standards

DVD M1741.18 L439 2003 Led Zeppelin: Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1970

DVD M1812 K63 R4 Kodo (drummers) Live at the Acropolis

DVD PN1992.8 D6 J646 2002 John and Yoko's Year of Peace

To find these and more DVDs in the library catalog, set limits to "Film/Video" and do an author, title, or keyword search for what you want.

April 29, 2008

Happy Birthday iTunes

iTunes turns five

May 6, 2008

World Dance and Music DVDs

The Music Library has many resources in many formats. The JVC Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance is an indispensable resource for those study music, dance, and cultures of America and other nations. The series is divided into three parts and each set of DVDs has accompanying guide books.

Music and Dance of Africa

Music and Dance of the Americas
Music and Dance of Europe

May 16, 2008

Theatre Festivals (and more)

Summer Stages (From NY Times)
Published: May 11, 2008
Plays by Shakespeare, John Guare, Michael John LaChiusa and more, in festivals from Alabama to Washington.

July 1, 2008

YouTube and Research

It comes as no surprise that students use YouTube for fun and for research, because it's easy to use and has a lot of content. Respected music writer Norman Lebrecht writes about how he too has been pulled into YouTube.

While he's writing about music specifically, there is also a lot of dance content. Looking for a demonstration of how a dance move goes (especially popular dance)? Try searching YouTube. Theatre researchers can also use YouTube to their benefit. Of course, as with any tool, you have to evaluate what you find here critically. But, YouTube can be very useful.

How YouTube shrank the classical world
By Norman Lebrecht / June 25, 2008
the Lebrecht Weekly in LaScena Musicale

August 13, 2008

31 Days to Better Practicing

31 Days to Better Practicing

31 articles about how to practice more efficiently on any instrument

31 Days to Better Practicing: A Readers Guide

Suggestions for how to get the most out of "31 Days"

Both from the Collaborative Piano Blog

August 29, 2008

the end is in cite

Perhaps you haven't started writing those term papers yet, or perhaps you are knee-deep in your thesis or dissertation. In either case, if you need a quick reminder about how to cite things in your paper, see the online version of the Chicago Manual of Style.

More help is available under the "How do I manage my research" section of the new Research Guides page of the MPAL website.

Savvy Researcher workshops

Take advantage of these great workshops offered by the Main Library:

September 10, 2008

New digital content from the Music and Performing Arts Library

Civil War Sheet Music Collection
In anticipation of the 2009 bicentennial celebration of Abraham Lincoln's
birth, we recently digitized a small collection of Civil War era sheet
music from the University of Illinois Music Library.
(From the Digitized Book of the Week Update)

October 10, 2008

DRAM: new content and news

[From DRAM's offices]
Dear DRAM Members,

The summer months proved to be a productive time here at DRAM. We were able to introduce some wonderful new content from several labels and lay the foundation for the addition of more new content and functionality in the months to come. Read on for more details.

New Content
In recent weeks, we've added several hundred new albums to DRAM from many of our participating labels. Moreover, having greatly reduced a substantial backlog of material and streamlined production processes, the stage is set for more frequent additions of new recordings to DRAM's collection going forward.

Albany Records - 393 New Albums
New World Records - 95 New Albums
Cedille Records - 71 New Albums
Mutable Records - 12 New Albums
Pogus - 19 New Albums
Open Space - 8 New Albums
Mode Records - 7 New Albums

Call for Submissions - Share Your Knowledge and Favorite Recordings

As DRAM's collection continues to grow, so do our efforts to offer users entry points into DRAM and opportunities to engage and contribute. As you may have noticed, one way we're seeking to do this is with the play-lists and accompanying essays in the "Featured Content" section of DRAM's homepage each month.

If you, a library colleague, faculty member, or dedicated student at your institution is interested in contributing a play-list to our Featured Content section, please write to me at with your idea for a submission.

Selected play-lists must meet with editorial approval, and should contain approximately 10 selections and a 1000 - 2500 word essay explicating the reason for each selection and how it contributes to the list's unifying theme. Topics might include, but are not limited to, a particular composer, time-period, instrument, or compositional element. Creativity in selecting topics is encouraged, and play lists may be posted more frequently than the current once a month schedule as the number of viable contributions permits.

DRAM Radio - Partnership with Art of the States
DRAM Radio has made substantial progress towards its debut, and we're aiming to launch our first radio programs in mid-November. So far, more than three quarters of the remaining original 100 New World LPs have been re-mastered and digitized for the first time, enabling the inclusion of these classic recordings in DRAM's Radio programming.

Even more exciting, we're very pleased to officially announce a partnership between DRAM and Art of the States towards the joint production of original broadcast programming featuring the composers, performers and music in DRAM.

Art of the States, like DRAM, is a non-profit organization committed to sharing new and important American music with the world. For over 15 years Art of the States has been expanding the audience for US-based composers through its international distribution network, with its programming carried by 75 terrestrial radio broadcasters in 50 countries. The Art of the States website, launched in 2002, attracts a geographically diverse and highly devoted listenership with broadcast content which, as a visit will show, offers a terrific compliment to DRAM's. Our hopes for this partnership are high, and we look forward to presenting our debut productions in November.

January 6, 2009

So who writes Wikipedia?

Who The Hell Writes Wikipedia, Anyway?
Henry Blodget | January 3, 2009 8:39 AM

An interesting look at how many individuals are making the majority of changes to Wikipedia. There are differing opinions on the best methodology for measuring this, but either way, the numbers may surprise you.

January 14, 2009

Research workshops for graduate students

The Savvy Researcher

Drop-in workshops geared to graduate students in all disciplines!

small class size * hands-on * quick paced * one-hour sessions

The information experts are here to help you with everything from informational organization strategies to questions about copyright law basics to locating data sets to citation management to finding grant funding.

For registration information, please visit:
Co-sponsored by the Graduate College

March 9, 2009

Jazz on the Screen

Jazz on the Screen:
A Jazz and Blues Filmography by David Meeker

This searchable filmography documents the work of some 1,000 major jazz and blues figures in over 14,000 cinema, television and video productions.

April 27, 2009

Twitter is here

OK, while many of you seem shy about commenting on the blog, you have told me that you'd be interested in a Twitter stream from the Music and Performing Arts Library--so here it is: Click on "Follow" under the MPAL Illinois logo so you don't miss any of our Tweets.

April 29, 2009

Jazz Music Library here!

The Jazz Music Library is now available to UIUC community members on a trial basis. Try it out and let us know what you think.

May 20, 2009

Classical Music Library recordings now findable through library catalog

You may know that we subscribe to the Classical Music Library streaming audio tool. Now when you search our online catalog, if a recording is available in CML, it will have it's own entry.

Here's a Boolean search for Reger and serenades, limited to "music recordings."


If you click on the title, you get more information about the recording.


You can then click on the link that says "Online Access" to go to the CML tool, where you can click on tracks to play them.


May 26, 2009

Theater in Video

The Library now has a subscription to Alexander Street Press's Theater in Video

"Theatre in Video contains more than 250 definitive performances of the world's leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, online in streaming video - more than 500 hours in all. This release contains 242 titles, representing hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors. Included are landmark performances such as The Iceman Cometh, King Lear, Awake and Sing, Dom Juan, Bérénice, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Playboy of the Western World, Krapp's Last Tape and Othello, among many others. Notable actors include Claire Bloom, Laurence Olivier, Colleen Dewhurst, Richard Dreyfuss, Walter Matthau, Meryl Streep, Eli Wallach, Zoe Caldwell, Sam Waterston and more. For the first time, students, instructors and researchers can bookmark specific scenes, monologues and staging."

June 8, 2009

New Monetery Jazz Festival Collection web site

The longest running jazz festival in the world!

Each fall since 1958, the seaside city of Monterey, California, has been the site of performances by the world's finest jazz and blues performers. The festival's archive - preserved by the Stanford University Archive of Recorded Sound - contains recordings of live festival performances throughout the history of this enduring American cultural institution

Search nearly 9,000 performances and other segments representing 1,000 hours of audio and video content are described in the database

June 12, 2009

Orchestra Musicians' CDROM Library and CDSheetMusic content now available online via Library Music Source

Have you been using our great collection of sheet music on CDROM? Well, now it's available to the University of Illinois Community via Library Music Source.

CD Sheet Music
Includes masterworks for piano, organ, classical guitar, strings, winds, voice, chorus and study scores. It includes:

* 35,000 pages of piano music
* 30,000 pages of vocal music (arias and art songs)
* 17,000 pages of opera vocal scores
* 21,000 pages of choral vocal scores
* 15,000 pages of violin music

Orchestra Musicians' CD Rom Library

Including all the parts to over 600 orchestra masterworks, this is a 10-Volume set of original orchestra parts and scores for violin, viola, cello, bass, flute (piccolo), oboe, clarinets, bassoon, horn, trumpet, low brass, timpani/percussion and harp/keyboard/ miscellaneous. Note: Printing all the separate parts enables performance.

June 25, 2009

Additional full text options in IIMP and IIPA

There are now more full text link options for the International Index to Music Periodicals (IIMP) and the International Index to the Performing Arts (IIPA) databases. If the full text of an article is available directly from one of those sources you'll still see "Full text" or "Full text-PDF" links. If the article is potentially available from another online source you'll see the blue "Discover UIUC Full Text Linking" button. If you click on it you will be given other options to locate the item online or request it via InterLibrary Loan.

If you have any questions about this, just stop by the MPAL and let us know!

July 7, 2009

Early Childhood Music Project

Did you know that we have a large collection of early childhood music resources? You can find them in the library online catalog by doing a phrase search for "early childhood music project.


July 14, 2009

Visual image resource (ARTstor)

Need visual images to support your research? Use ARTstor (U of I community only, library subscription resource).

ARTstor Resources in Music History

ARTstor Resources in Theatre and Dance

What is ARTstor you ask?

"ARTstor is a digital library of nearly one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes."

Have fun!

November 11, 2009

Looking for Smithsonian Folkways recordings?

The Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label includes important releases by Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Lead Belly, and many more. There are recordings covering the folk music of many countries, political themes such as wars and protests, as well as genres such as railroad, cowboy, and childrens' songs.

We have many Smithsonian Folkways CDs and LPs in the Library, but we also have access to hundreds more through our online subscription to Smithsonian Global Sound.

You can search for this content by label, artist, or song or album title.

If you already know the name of the album, choose Browse > Album from the column on the left.

If you want to browse all of the recordings on the Smithsonian Folkways label, choose Browse > Label from the column on the left:


Then, chose Smithsonian Folkways Recordings from the list:


Next, you can get a list of the albums by title by looking at, "Narrow your search further by selecting" at the top and clicking on "Album > more..." in the pop-up window:


Then you will see an alphabetic list of all albums on that label:


Of course you can do this with all of the other labels represented in Smithsonian Global Sound as well.

January 12, 2010

New Grove Dictionary of American Music…revised edition going online

100 new articles from the forthcoming 2nd edition of the New Grove Dictionary of American Music have been added to Grove Music Online in Oxford Music Online. This new edition, edited by Charles Hiroshi Garrett, will become a part of Oxford Music Online when it is completed. For more details, see the link What’s New at Oxford Music Online."

(Thanks to the Robinson Music Library at CIM for this news)

February 8, 2010

CRI (Composers Recordings, Inc.) LPs Now Available on DRAM

Posted on DRAM News Wednesday, January 20, 2010 [off-campus access]

DRAM is delighted to announce the availability of twenty newly digitized LPs from the CRI label, the initial batch of approximately 400 CRI LPs that we will be making available over the coming months. Never before issued in any digital format, these titles have been functionally unavailable for more than two decades. Each album includes the original liner notes, and all are also available as premium-quality on-demand CD-Rs from New World Records. The first group of twenty albums includes music by Charles Amirkhanian, Jack Beeson, Easley Blackwood, Julian Carrillo, Theodore Chanler, Mario Davidovsky, Robert Erickson, Ben Johnston, Kenneth Gaburo, John Melby, Quincy Porter, Vladimir Ussachevsky, and Robert Ward. We will add approximately 15-20 LPs each month, and intend to have all titles available by the middle of next year. (After the first two groups of releases, the remainder of the titles will be issued in numerical sequence.)

CRI (Composers Recordings, Inc.) was founded in 1954 by Otto Luening, Douglas Moore and Oliver Daniel. Moore was a well-established American composer, Luening was just beginning his work with Vladimir Ussachevsky, with whom he would help found the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center in 1958, and Daniel was a promoter for such American musical luminaries as Henry Cowell and Lou Harrison. Dedicated to the promotion of new music by American composers, CRI released over 600 recordings on LP, cassette and CD over its 49 year history, including works by Earle Brown, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Harry Partch, Ned Rorem, Roger Sessions and Charles Wuorinen, to name just a few. Ownership of the CRI catalogue was assumed by New World Records in 2006, since which time New World has worked to maintain the availability of many CRI titles that had gone out of print or, with the current project, had never before been digitized.

June 28, 2010

Improvements to Music Online

MPAL subscribes to Classical Music Library, Jazz Music Library, and Smithsonian Global Sounds from Alexander Street Press. They have made improvements to Music Online, the cross-search platform ( (and also to the native interfaces of each individual music collection).

Highlights of the improvements include:

* PLAY, DOWNLOAD, and ADD TO PLAYLIST icons are now filled-in blue by default. This change came from customer feedback that the gray icons were confusing and difficult to see.

* SEARCH RESULT RELEVANCY has been re-worked and improved, and relevancy is now back as the default search sort.

* SEARCH RESULTS return at the parent (album) level, with relevant child (track) results underneath.

* SEARCH TERMS ARE HIGHLIGHTED and relevant metadata is returned with search results to help understand your result.

* REFINE YOUR SEARCH USING FACETS on the right hand side of the page (as opposed to the top of the page).

* SEARCH STRING is displayed at the top of the search results page with the option to remove any field (trashcan icon) to broaden your original search.


July 2, 2010

"Send to mobile" functionality in Classical Music Library and other ASP products

From ASP:

We now have "Send-to-Mobile" functionality in Music Online, including all of the individual streaming music collections and some items in Opera in Video. This functionality will follow in all of our streaming video collections later this year.

What this means is that you can now send an audio track, video track, album, or playlist from our streaming collections to your mobile device to listen to later. The item that you send stays on your device for 48 hours.

Go to any of our streaming music databases and look for a cell phone icon ("Send-to-Mobile") next to each track, album, or playlist. Wherever you see that icon you can click it and obtain a “shortlink” to send and enable playback on your mobile device.


We provide several methods to send this link:

* We can send a text message to your mobile.
* We can email the link to your email address, which you can pick up on your mobile.
* You can enter the link URL manually into your mobile's web browser.
* On supported devices you can scan a QR-Code directly from your computer screen. You will need to download a QR-Code reader application to do so.

At this time, this functionality is supported on:
* Apple iPhone on 3G network or better
* Mobile Device with Android OS

Shortlinks cannot be accessed outside of your institution network after 48 hours but will still be usable within it.

For more information please visit the Help page at

July 7, 2010

New Library Catalog Interface

You might have noticed that the library's online catalog has a new look.

You can now search both the U of I Library Catalog and the IShare Catalog with a user interface called VuFind. You can still search the local U of I Catalog through either the VuFind interface or the Classic interface. However, the IShare Catalog has been completely replaced with VuFind.

Here are a few things you should know to make VuFind easier to use.

1. In the basic search screen, "AND" is assumed, so if you want to combine multiple concepts, just type them all in the field. If you want to use NOT or OR, you have to use the Advanced Search screen and use the dropdowns.


If you have a phrase you want to keep together, use quotation marks, e.g., "folk singing".

2. If you want to search for various forms of a word, use * as the truncation symbol, e.g., symphon* will find symphony and symphonies.

3. To limit by item format, you must use the advanced search feature.


You can still use the word "digital" in your search to help limit to CDs or DVDs, although this is not perfect.

4. On the results screen you will have more options to limit your search. Use the "topics" like you would use LC Subject Headings to determine what an item is about.


5. To see the full contents of an item, you must look at either the "More details" tab, or if there is one, the "Table of Contents" tab.


5. In order to place a request for an item through IShare, you must create a user account in VuFind. Click on the "Login" link at the top right of the screen and then click on "Create a new account."

Placing a request through must repeat your search for the item and select "All IShare Libraries" from the drop-down next to the search box. Once you find the item you want, click on the "Request this item" link at the bottom of the location information for a particular library.

6. Features currently unavailable in VuFind:

* Course reserves searching
* Call number searching
* Ability to limit items by library
* Direct export of records to Refworks

**Note: If you are in the old catalog and you click the link to "Find copies in other iShare libraries" it will take you to the LOCAL catalog in VUFind. You then need to select "All iShare Libraries" from the dropdown and repeat the search.

December 17, 2010

Illinois dissertations and theses in IDEALS

Did you know that you can find dissertations and theses created here at the U of I by using IDEALS? Students can now deposit electronic copies of their dissertations and theses, which means you can find full-text versions here.

You can search or browse for publications. If you know you want a dissertation from the School of Music, for example, click on "Communities" on the left, select "College of Fine and Applied Arts", then "School of Music," and then "Dissertations and Theses-Music".


You can also enter the Dissertation and Theses community and then search or browse.


If you are a graduate student depositing your thesis or dissertation, please do this through the Graduate College at If you deposit electronically, once your degree is conferred, your dissertation or thesis will appear in this collection.

If you have authored a dissertation or thesis in the past at the University of Illinois and would like to see it appear here, please contact for more information.

Illinois dissertations and theses in IDEALS

Did you know that you can find dissertations and theses created here at the U of I by using IDEALS? Students can now deposit electronic copies of their dissertations and theses, which means you can find full-text versions here.

You can search or browse for publications. If you know you want a dissertation from the School of Music, for example, click on "Communities" on the left, select "College of Fine and Applied Arts", then "School of Music," and then "Dissertations and Theses-Music".


You can also enter the Dissertation and Theses community and then search or browse.


If you are a graduate student depositing your thesis or dissertation, please do this through the Graduate College at If you deposit electronically, once your degree is conferred, your dissertation or thesis will appear in this collection.

If you have authored a dissertation or thesis in the past at the University of Illinois and would like to see it appear here, please contact for more information.

February 2, 2011

A full-text resource for scores and books: Hathi Trust

The HathiTrust is a digital library that pulls together digitized publications from its partner institutions, Google Books, and the Internet Archive.

All materials in the Hathi Trust Digital Library are fully searchable but you can only view full text of items in the public domain.


The collections feature allows you to browse within collections created by other users.


Once you've selected a collection to browse, it will look like this:


The HathiTrust Digital Library has tens of thousands of items related to music, theatre and dance, so go check out their newly redesigned website and see what you can find for your next big project or just for fun!


February 14, 2011

Music Treasures Consortium Web Site Launched

The Music Treasures Consortium proudly announces a new Web site giving access to some of the world's most valued music manuscript and print materials, available at
The site is the creation of several renowned music libraries and archives in the United States and the United Kingdom. The consortium members include the British Library, the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library at Harvard University, the Juilliard School Lila Acheson Wallace Library, the Library of Congress, the Morgan Library and Museum, and the New York Public Library. The site is hosted by the Library of Congress on its Performing Arts Encyclopedia ( The aim of the site is to further music scholarship and research by providing access in one place to digital images of primary sources for performance and study of music.

The items digitized include manuscript scores and first and early editions of a work. Seminal composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Richard Wagner, Claude Debussy, Georges Bizet, Arnold Schoenberg, and Igor Stravinsky, among others, are represented on the site through their original handwritten manuscripts and first editions. The online items range from the 16th century to the 20th century in this initial launch. Researchers can search or browse materials, access bibliographic information about each item, and view digital images of the treasure via each custodial archive's Web site. The site will continue to grow as consortium members add more items.

Initial planning for the consortium was funded by Bruce Kovner. The MTC Advisory Board includes Christoph Wolff, Jeffrey Kallberg, Philip Gossett, and Laurent Pugin.

Music Treasures Consortium Members:

The British Library

Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University

The Juilliard School Lila Acheson Wallace Library

The Library of Congress (host)

The Morgan Library and Museum

The New York Public Library

From a posting by Karen Lund to MLA-L

June 27, 2011

Featured Resource: Dance Heritage Coalition

The Dance Heritage Coalition was established to address problems identified by a field-wide study of the current state of preservation and documentation of American dance.The DHC has identified, developed, and implemented projects to improve the ability of the dance community to retain and utilize materials documenting the art form.

...Featured Resource archive

July 5, 2011

Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive

Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive is a new online video collection of Festival artists from 1937 to today.

"Dance Interactive lets you dive in to video clips of iconic Jacob's Pillow performances by Kyle Abraham, Nina Ananiashvili, Savion Glover, Cynthia Gregory, Rennie Harris, Judith Jamison, Bill T. Jones, and many others. Insightful information about the artists complements each video and there's even a game in which you can test your dance knowledge! Even better, the collection includes visually stunning high definition (HD) clips of recent performances and will continue to grow as more videos are added.

These videos, once available only to people who could travel to the Jacob's Pillow Archives in Becket, Massachusetts, are now accessible to the nearly two billion people with internet access worldwide."

You can browse for videos by artist, genre, or era. Genres include ballet, modern, contemporary, tap, cultural, and more.

More about Jacob's Pillow.

September 28, 2011

New online video resources for dance and opera

MPAL has two new video resources available: Dance in Video and Opera in Video.

Dance in Video

Performances and documentaries, searchable and browseable by artist, genre, and material type.


Opera in Video

Performances, interviews, and documentaries searchable and browseable


These new resources join Theatre in Video in our list of research resources available to U of I patrons.

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music now available online

MPAL now has an online subscription to the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music.

The text and the audio for this resource are now available in one place. You can search or browse.


The advanced search gives you more options, including the ability to look at a list of terms that might appear in a particular search field.


October 21, 2011

Two new online resource trials

For the next month you can test out the online versions of

Richard Taruskin's The Oxford History of Western Music

You can do a keyword search or browse by volume

> Music from the Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century
> Music in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
> Music in the Nineteenth Century
> Music in the Early Twentieth Century
> Music in the Late Twentieth Century

and the

Online Music Anthology from A-R Editions

"A-R Editions’ Online Music Anthology is extensive collection of examples designed expressly for music history courses." It contains over 425 pieces from "antiquity through the romantic era, with extensive contents for the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque"with content drawn from A-R's Recent Researches series.

If you have comments or feedback about these resources, let us know

November 28, 2011

Partifi: make parts from a score is a "free and automated tool for creating parts from music scores." This tool was created by those who seek to support and encourage the study and performance of early music who found that instrumental parts were often not readily available. Not only can you upload your own score PDF, you can import public domain scores from IMSLP or browse the "publicly accessible library of user-contributed parts".

If you upload scores and create parts from your own PDFs, please be aware that you should only do this for works for which you hold the copyright. If it is possible to purchase the parts you need, do not use Partifi to create new ones. Also, don't forget to check the Library to see if we have parts you can check out either in print or to download from Library Music Source.

How it works

You can search Partifi to see if the parts you need are already there.


If it's not, you can upload your own PDF or one from IMSLP.


Once you've done that, "Partifi attempts to automatically identify the position of each line. For optimal results, you may need to add, delete, or reposition the generated segments."

The next step is to "Preview the parts for accuracy. At this stage, you can combine two or more parts into a single one (e.g., “violin I” and “violin II”), and add additional page breaks to avoid awkward page turns."

The final step is sharing. "To distribute the partified score, simply share its download link. Be sure to respect the copyright laws of your country. To later edit the parts, add the score to your “favorites” or bookmark the score's admin page. If we determine a score to be in the public domain, we may add the score parts to the Partifi library as a service to the music community."

January 17, 2012

New collections at NYPL Music Division

Leon Kirchner Papers

The Leon Kirchner papers document the career of the composer, conductor and pianist from the 1950s to the early 2000s. They include scores and sketches, correspondence with important musical figures, writings, programs, clippings, photographs and posters.

Thomas E. Barker Papers

The papers of Thomas E. Barker (1954-1988), an American composer, contain his scores, composition catalogs, correspondence, biographical and performance listing files, and files documenting Zaccho, Inc., his publishing company.

[text of this announcement by Matt Snyder, Archivist, Manuscripts & Archives Division, The New York Public Library]

January 20, 2012

John Cage Unbound - A Living Archive: Call for participation

A letter from
Jonathan Hiam
Curator, American Music Collection and
The Rodgers and Hammerstein
Archives of Recorded Sound
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

The John Cage Centennial is upon us. To celebrate Cage's legacy, The New York Public Library will soon launch John Cage Unbound - A Living Archive, an online multimedia resource devoted to the life and work of America's most influential composer. In partnership with the John Cage Trust and C.F. Peters, John Cage Unbound will feature select digital images of Cage's music manuscripts, correspondence, programs, photographs, and ephemera drawn from the vast holdings of NYPL's Music Division. The centerpiece of the project, however, will be a rich video archive of John Cage interpretation with a special emphasis on the preparation and performance of Cage's work.

This is where you come in. NYPL hopes that you, your colleagues, students, and peers will contribute to the archive by uploading your own videos (which can be quite informal and short) of Cage performances to the site. The videos will be integrated into the archive for public access with the intent to document the variety of interpretive practices Cage's work inspires and indeed demands.

For those of you who are leading or participating in coursework this Spring that may include John Cage, contributing to John Cage Unbound would be an ideal project. Any works by Cage are welcome and the staff of the NYPL Music Division are ready to offer you guidance if you need it, be it technical, logistical, or simply suggestions as to what works might be appropriate for you.

We do hope, however, that your videos will favor the process of creating the work over the performance. We believe such documentation will offer the public the greatest insight into the challenges and rewards that come with performing Cage's music.

As you can see in the So Percussion sample video attached, the musicians'
narration provides this insight into their interpretation. The second video--a performance of 4'33" at the US-Mexico border--demonstrates how "simple" a video recording might be.

*So Percussion*

*Anta Project*

If you are interested in participating, please contact me at

Jonathan Hiam
Curator, American Music Collection and
The Rodgers and Hammerstein
Archives of Recorded Sound
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023-7498
p (212) 870-1677
f (212) 870-1794

March 2, 2012

More new collections at NYPL Music Division

The following special collections have recently been processed for the Music Division of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and are open for research. For more information please contact the Music Division at One collection, the League of Composers/ISCM records, which was originally processed in early 2011, has been re-processed to include more historical material on Claire R. Reis and the histories of the League and the ISCM prior to their merger.

Abstracts and links to finding aids follow:

Ethel Burns papers

The Ethel Burns papers document the music, arts and children's programs Burns produced and directed at radio/television station WNYE and television station WCBS in New York City. The files include scripts, correspondence, production information, press releases, reviews and photographs.
Among other programs, the collection contains information on the series American Musical Theatre and Dial M For Music.

Composers' Forum, Inc. records

The records of the Composers' Forum document the history of the organization from 1935 to 2002. They hold correspondence, concert programs, press releases, clippings, grant applications and other development files, board meeting minutes and correspondence, photographs, membership files, concert production files, concert discussion transcripts, historical essays and scrapbooks.

Eugene Weintraub papers

The papers of the music publisher Eugene Weintraub consist of correspondence between Weintraub and his clients, and a biographical file about Weintraub, including essays by the publishers. Much of the correspondence is from the composer George Antheil.

May 23, 2012

New interface for ProQuest databases

Do you use IIMP or IIPA or ProQuest Dissertations? If so, be prepared for a new look. It simplifies searching and expands the resources available.

IIMP contains both full-text and abstracts to articles from 1874 to the present while IIPA contains results from 1998 onward. Both resources are extremely helpful tools in music, dance, and theater research. ProQuest Dissertations includes dissertations and theses from the late 19th Century to present, many available in full text.

The banner at the top of the page offers a lot of features.


Your Searches and Items

You can choose which ProQuest databases you want to search by clicking the "Database" link in the top left corner.

The Recent Searches link lists all recent searches, which you can review or even combine just by clicking. Selected Items keeps track of the items you flagged while searching. My Research allows you to create and access a free account, enabling you to organize, manage, and save articles. You can also link your RefWorks account to your IIMP or IIPA account.


You can use the "Languages" link at the top right-hand corner of the page to translate the interface to a different language. After choosing an article, you can translate the text of most articles to another language.

Searching Tips

You can limit search results by:
Document Type
Reference Work
Document Feature, and/or

Be careful when limiting by Document Type (article, book, review, etc) because this will not necessarily give you the most results. The "Reference Work" limit choices provides easy access to a glossary, brief opera synopses, music fundamental terms, and a pronunciation guide.


All search results have icons that correspond with source type (scholarly journal, trade journal, newspaper). If you are unsure of what the icon represents, you can either mouse over it or look to the right side column under Source Type. The choices in the right column also help you narrow your results to a particular type of item.


Another way to limit your results uses the graphic at the bottom of the right hand column on the results page, which allows you to choose articles within a specific date range. This bar graph also shows when most of the articles on a subject were published.


Search Subject Areas

A new feature allows you to select specific subject areas to search in. The column on the right-hand side of the search screen lists areas which link to relevant databases.


This feature is not necessarily the best way to search for articles. Many of the databases included under The Arts have little to do with music; therefore searching IIMP and/or IIPA directly will yield the best results.

But, this feature does allow you to access Dissertations & Theses, which links to both ProQuest Dissertations and CIC (Big 12 School) Dissertations databases. It also allows you to access the News and Newspapers area which gives access to titles like The New York Times (historic and current issues).

June 4, 2012

New Online Journals and Databases Tool

Recently, you may have noticed some changes in the way you can search for journals and databases on the library website.

The Online Research Resources (ORR) database (the yellow and blue pages!) has been replaced by the new Online Journals and Databases (SFX) database (


There are a number of key differences between these sites. While ORR allowed you to easily browse all music databases, the new SFX requires you know the title of the database before you search. If you are unsure of the exact title of the resource you are looking for, the search engine provides suggestions, which can be helpful.


For now, please try to avoid browsing SFX by subject. These listings are not precise and may give you search results that include links that are irrelevant to music, theater, or dance.

If you cannot find what you are looking for in SFX, you can also try searching:
• The “Databases by Subject” guide:
• The “Music Easy Search” module on our home page:
• The Library’s Online Catalog for database and journal titles and information

A user guide to Online Journals and Databases is available at

If you have questions, please contact me at (tel. 244-4072).

August 1, 2012

Finding a Journal

Are you looking for a specific article from a dance, music, or theatre journal? Do you just need any article from a specific dance, music, or theatre journal?

Here's one way to use the Music Easy Search tool on our home page to do that.

First, type the name of the journal in the search box. You can be precise and use quotation marks around it to keep those words together if you want.


Then, check the top of the results screen to see if Easy Search has suggested a match:


Once you click on the link, you'll get a list of choices. Check carefully to see which article tool has the dates you need.


The other way to approach this search is to use the new Online Journals and Databases tool linked from our site. This is recommended if you are looking for a journal that is not in dance, music, or theatre.


More information about how to do that is available at this blog post.

August 28, 2012

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Library Guides

Do you you know that if you are attending events at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (aka Krannert or KCPA) we've got guides to help you learn more about the groups and pieces being performed?

Each month we publish a guide to that month's dance, music, and theatre performances, linking to scores, audio and video recordings, and books that will prepare you for the experience or teach you more about what you've already heard.

From the main KCPA Guides page, you can select a particular month from the list.


Once you've selected a guide, you can choose a tab for the performance you are interested in.


Each tab will include details of the event, a video clip if one is available, featured items in the MPAL collection, and links to more materials in our collection about the performers and art forms.



Occasionally we will include helpful links to information outside of the Library as well.

Each monthly guide has a welcome tab that points you to logistical information about using our Library and checking things out, and also has a tab titled "Attending a Performance" that offers resources to help you increase your listening/viewing enjoyment and concert-going tips.

The goal of these Music and Performing Arts Library guides is to help you Uncover and Discover the great resources in our collections that can increase your enjoyment and understanding of the performances at KCPA.

January 16, 2013

Deposit and Share Your Scholarly Work with IDEALS

Do you know that IDEALS is more than just a place for students to deposit their theses and dissertations? "IDEALS is the digital repository for research and scholarship - including published and unpublished papers, datasets, video and audio - produced at the University of Illinois. All faculty, staff, and graduate students can deposit into IDEALS."

Depositing your articles, chapters, presentations, research materials in IDEALS has several benefits. Here are a few:

1) A central location to find your scholarly output. RILM and Music Index are very useful, of course, but they don't include unpublished things and neither covers every scholarly publication.

2) Makes your materials more visible to scholars and others. Items in IDEALS can be found via a simple Google search.

3) IDEALS provides permanent links to your materials that you can then use in your CV or dossier.

For more information about how to get started with IDEALS, see the IDEALS Wiki.

For more information about finding and depositing theses and dissertations, see our earlier blog entry on IDEALS.

Here is more information about the related issues of author's rights and open access.

If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact Kirstin or John.

November 5, 2013

Recently-processed special collections at NYPL Music Division

Marc-Antonio Consoli collection
The Marc-Antonio Consoli collection consists of the composer's scores in the form of sketches, draft and finished manuscripts, printouts, and final published versions.

William Engvick collection of Alec Wilder scores
The William Engvick collection of Alec Wilder scores holds sketches, lead sheets, piano reductions, or full scores for musicals and individual songs by Engvick and Wilder, as well as for music Wilder wrote with other collaborators, or by himself.

Albert Stoessel papers, Additions
Albert Stoessel (1894-1943) was an American violinist, conductor, composer, and pedagogue. The Albert Stoessel papers, Additions, primarily hold lecture texts and course materials, and also contain small portions of biographical papers, photographs, and correspondence.

Robert Savage collection
Robert Savage (1951-1993) was an American composer and pianist. The Robert Savage collection (1975-1994) consists of scores, personal files, and sound and video recordings.

Jacob D. Sapir scores
Jacob D. Sapir was a composer and chazan (cantor) for Congregation Orach Chaim in New York City at the turn of the 20th century. The Jacob D. Sapir scores contain manuscripts for 16 of his compositions.

Bob Holt scores
Robert Holt (? - ca. 1990) was a music arranger active in New York City in the early 1970s, known professionally as Bob Holt. The Bob Holt scores date from 1958 to 1977 and contain arrangements of over 200 jazz and American songbook standards for piano trios and big bands.

David Chigrinsky scores
David Chigrinsky (1877-1963) was a Russian composer and teacher who immigrated to the United States in 1923. The David Chigrinsky scores primarily contain his opera The Misfortune of Being Clever, and about 15 other works.

January 22, 2014

Minrva - The New Wayfinder App for MPAL

Have you ever found an item in the catalog only to realize you don't know where the item is in the library or what those call numbers mean? Minrva can help!

Minrva is a locally developed mobile tool for libraries that helps students stay organized and find what they are looking for, all on the go! Originally designed for the Undergraduate Library at UIUC, the Minrva app has expanded to include the Music & Performing Arts Library. By selecting the Music & Performing Arts Library, students can use the Wayfinder module to locate specific items within the library on a map.

Minrva%20Icon.png Minrva also provides the following useful functions:

  • Search the entire UIUC catalog
  • Search all I-Share libraries
  • Check your account for checked out materials, requests, blocks, and fines
  • Check for course reserves
  • Search online journals for articles
  • Cite sources using the new citation module

Download Minrva for Android here:
or scan the QR Code below with your phone:

In order to use the Wayfinder tool...

1. Start at the home screen and select University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign >> Music & Perf. Arts as your location

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2. Go back to the home screen by selecting the house icon in the upper left corner
3. Select Catalog Search to look for items
4. Go back to the home screen and select Wayfinder

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5. Use Wayfinder to locate the items you have searched for on the map

Here, the location of Guide to Chamber Music is shown on the map with the red dot in the upper right. Wayfinder will also keep a list of items that you have searched for using Minrva under Book Sel.. on the bottom right. All searched for items that are listed in the Recent Search History can then be located on the map using Wayfinder.

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*** There is a Minrva app available for Apple products but it has not yet been updated with MPAL capabilities. Stay tuned! ***

February 18, 2015

Audio holdings in the British Library Endangered Archives Programme

The British Library Endangered Archives Programme "[aims] to contribute to the preservation of archival material that is in danger of destruction, neglect or physical deterioration world-wide."

A quick search of the word "audio" brings up these collections which will no doubt be of interest to world music scholars. Not all of these projects have been completed, so not all content is yet available online.

EAP736: Preservation of the music and dance archive at the Music Museum of Nepal (NFMIM)

EAP008: Folk Theatre Tales: Preserving images, sounds and voices of rural Tuscany

EAP088: The Golha radio programmes (Flowers of Persian Song and Poetry)

EAP115: Collection and digitisation of old music in pre-literate Micronesian society

EAP124: Pages of Azerbaijan sound heritage

EAP190: Digitising archival material pertaining to 'Young India' label gramophone records

EAP298: Preserving endangered ethnographic audiovisual materials of expressive culture in Peru

EAP468: To preserve Indian recordings on 'Odeon' label shellac discs

EAP592: The music of Burma on record

The EAP also offers grants to researchers


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