Art in the Music Library: Featuring the Works of Mixed Media Artist Dr. Don Bishop

Belone, Belone by Don Bishop

Belone, Belone by Don Bishop

The Music Library is excited to be hosting an exhibit of works from Trenholm Artsts Guild member Dr. Don Bishop. Dr. Bishop was educated at North Greenville University, Furman University, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and has retired after forty years as a Senior Pastor.

He studied and taught stained glass for years before beginning his journey into abstract painting. In his Artist’s Statement Dr. Bishop writes, “I seek to capture a small glimpse of the beauty of nature that has been given as a gift to mankind through our Creator. Art is all around us to be enjoyed and admired. What a joy to become a partner with our wonderful world.” He has further evolved into an “environment abstract painter,” seeking to “transpose environmental images and themes” using the natural world around him as inspiration.

Dr. Bishop’s works have won awards in the Seven Oaks shows and in the Fine Arts Division of the SC Fair as well as having been exhibited in galleries in Cayce and Aiken, SC.

Free, Unlimited Access to Over 51,000 In-Copyright Music Scores through the Music Library Website!

Piece of sheet musicDid you know that University of South Carolina students and faculty have access to over 51,000 in-copyright music scores?

You do! Alexander Street Press’s Classical Scores Library can be found through the Music Library website (under Audio, Video & Scores Online).

This resource contains over 1.3 million printable pages of music composed in time periods ranging from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century. More than 4,600 composers are included: from Machaut, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky to contemporary artists such as Kaija Saariaho, Peter Maxwell-Davies, and John Taverner. All of this is available 24-7 and is just a click away.

Massenet First Edition Opera Scores Collection Now Available Online

Illustration from Esclarmonde.

Illustration from Esclarmonde.

Our Massenet First Edition Opera Scores Collection is now available for online viewing. Jules Massenet (1842-1912) was a prolific French composer credited with completing 40 operas and numerous other stage works, most notably ballets and oratorios.

This collection showcases eight of Massenet’s works (Cendrillion, Esclarmonde, Herodiade, La Navarraise, La Vierge, Le Mage, Sapho, and Thaïs) and most include stunning illustrations as well as being inscribed by Massenet himself.

These works were purchased through a generous donation from Dr. John K. Adams and represent first  editions of some of Massenet’s more famous operas such as Thaïs, which was based on a novel by Anatole France, as well as more obscure, out of print works like Sapho.

Music Library Publishes Online Southern African American Music Exhibit

Lithograph from the cover of “Southern Jollification,” sheet music from the CSAM Collection. CSAM 17.

Lithograph from the cover of “Southern Jollification.”

Our new online Southern African American Music exhibit is now available for viewing. This exhibit features the Southern African American Music Collection, which is associated with the Center for Southern African-American Music (CSAM) and is housed in the University of South Carolina Music Library.

The topics chosen for this exhibit represent subjects that are prominent within our collection: Gullah Music, Spirituals and Gospel, American Minstrelsy, Sheet Music, and the Jenkins Orphanage Band. The materials available represent a wide range of formats such as artifacts, CDs, LPs, cassettes, visual materials, books, periodicals, and sheet music. A large portion of the sheet music in this collection can be viewed online in the Sheet Music Catalog. We also welcome visitors who would like to conduct research using this collection to contact us to make an appointment.

Resources used to research these topics came from a variety of other sources as well, including the Music Library’s and Thomas Cooper Library’s circulating collections and online resources, the South Caroliniana Library’s collection, and the Internet. The custom-edited video examples used in the “Gullah Music” and “Jenkins Orphanage Band” pages were provided by the Moving Image Research Collections and the audio example and its analysis on the “Spirituals and Gospel” page were provided by Dr. Carl Wells and the University of South Carolina Gospel Choir.

Check out our Chalkboard! Introducing Michael Dantzler from the Trenholm Artists Guild

Michael Dantzler with his finished work "Transcend"

Michael Dantzler with his finished work “Transcend”

At the beginning of each semester we are honored to have an artist from the Trenholm Artists Guild create a unique work for our chalkboard. The Fall 2016 featured artist is Michael Dantzler and his mural is the third in our Music Library Trenholm Artists Guild Mural Series.

Dantzler, Owner/Photographer of Michael Dantzler Photography, specializes in portrait, documentary, and fine art photography and describes himself as “a photographer, community visionary and musician.”

Dantzler describes his chalkboard mural entitled “Transcend” as “an imaginative cartography exploration between the interconnectedness of sound waves, rhythms, spirituality, and urban cores.” Incorporating the staircase into his vision, Dantzler, writes of his work: “The base starts at the ocean climbing up the Jacob’s ladder onto transcendence, free of all limitations. The urban cores are intentionally drawn with increased connectivity to align with trending urban planning practices including many public/green spaces for the optimal health of the inhabitants and environment. The many movement lines were drawn with the various sounds of afrobeat, jazz, classical, and hip hop in my headset. The many spirit signatures in the form of words and arrows were drawn intuitively channeling basic elements in various directions. The stair climb ends at a diagram displaying the clearing of the seven major energy centers in the human body.”

Dantzler’s mural will be on display in the Music Library through the end of Fall semester. More information on Michael and his works can be found on his website at http://dantzlerphoto.zenfolio.com/.

Art in the Music Library: Featuring the works of Katia Lee

"Fluid Chaos" by Katia Lee

“Fluid Chaos” by Katia Lee

In partnership with the Trenholm Artists guild and the School of Music’s (SOM) Southern Exposure New Music Series, the Music Library is excited to be hosting an exhibit of the works of photographer Katia Lee. All of the works currently on display were inspired by this Friday’s Southern Exposure concert “Transforming the Concert Experience with Karel Dohnal, clarinet, and Earsight Duo” which will feature works by Karlheinz Stockhausen and Steve Snowden.

This concert includes a substantial visual component with video as well as costume, dance and pantomime being an integral part of the performances. When experiencing Snowden’s pieces as the source of her inspiration, Lee began by listening to the music twice before viewing the videos provided, once blindfolded and then while taking notes. The music evoked thoughts about wiretapping which inspired the works “Ode to the N.S.A. or Words on the Line,” and “Static on Main.” The “clicks, hums, and swirls of Snowden’s pieces” also inspired the works “Light Pulse Blues” and “Sonic Meditation.”

Stockhausen’s “Harlekin” was a different experience for Lee, with the music leading her to research the history of the Harlequin and commedia dell’arte, as well as Stockhausen himself, which led to the work “Harlequin Dance.” “Contemplating the frequencies, tones and vibrations of the dance” led to the creation of “Oscillations of Spring,” “Fluid Chaos,” and “Stone Cadence.”

Lee’s works are currently exhibited in the library and will be on display during the concert. They will remain on display in the Music Library for two weeks after the Southern Exposure concert in the SOM Recital Hall this Friday, April 1 at 7:30 PM.

Hey, What’s up with that round book case?

Faculty Picks Bookcase

You may have noticed this new bookcase in the library. It’s the home for our new Faculty Picks selections. Each semester we’ll have selections from your School of Music Faculty on display. Unlike an ordinary display we encourage you to look at these selected items and check them out! The display will change several times per semester. Our current selection was picked by Prof. Mike Harley (Bassoon) and Sara Ernst (Piano Pedagogy).