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.
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.
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/.
What goes best with a cup of coffee? Another cup. ~Henry Rollins
It’s that time of year again–come to the library for your end-of-semester study needs! Bring your mug and we’ll provide the coffee…and the additional coffee to go with it.
We’ve updated the book case display with selected books on Music After 1950. Please pick them up and look at them, even check them out of the library! Titles include Contemporary Composers on Contemporary Music, Music of the Twentieth Century and more. Enjoy!
“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.
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).
Join us in the Music Library for Author’s Day on Thursday, February 18th at 2 PM.
Author’s Day is unique chance to meet and celebrate your and your colleagues’ publishing efforts. This year we have 18 people represented with a wide variety of publications.
Come celebrate the year’s School of Music publishing accomplishments with us!
Artist Ian Cage with his Composition 174 and Composition 176.
In continuing 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 artist Ian Cage.
In his artist’s statement Cage describes his interests as residing “in abstraction and the visual elements of language; exploring energy in color, form and symbol.” Cage has created 12 new 30″ x 30″ works using acrylic, graphite, and polymer on canvas, each work inspired by the four world premiere pieces by composers Reginald Bain, Jesse Jones, Christopher Stark, and Cameron Britt that will be featured in this Friday’s Southern Exposure concert.
Ian Cage’s works can be viewed in the Music Library before the concert and next to the School of Music Recital Hall during the concert on Friday, January 29 at 7:30 PM.
Jim Dukes near the beginning of his mural making process.
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 and this semester is no exception. The Spring 2016 featured artist is Jim Dukes and his mural is the second in our Music Library Trenholm Artists Guild Mural Series.
Dukes’ art is focused on the healing that its creation can bring. Faced with personal experiences with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress, Dukes “chose the path of redefining his life through art.” In addition to working on his own artistic works he is also engaged in helping others to find a path to recovery through the visual arts. In 2016 he will be the Director of Healing Arts at the Big Barn Retreat, a non-profit that “provides a variety of free services for veterans and their families…with a focus on treating and coping with post-traumatic stress disorder.”
Dukes creates his photography-based art using his Droid Maxx cell phone and free or low cost editing software. In his Artist Statement he writes, “My goal remains to inspire others in similar situations to choose any art outlet at their disposal and just start creating.”
Dukes’ mural will be on display in the Music Library through the end of Spring semester. A selection of his works are also currently being featured near the Music Library entrance. More information on Jim and his works can be found on his website at http://www.jjdphoto2art.com/.