Youth and Music Exhibit

From November through the end of December 2011, the Music Library is featuring special collections items in an exhibit titled “Youth and Music.” Throughout the history of classical music, composers have written works to be performed by children, for young audiences’ enjoyment, or inspired by memories of youth. Furthermore, much of music history has been distilled for young audiences into educational books about famous composers’ lives.
“Youth and Music” features composers Debussy, Bartók, and Handel, child prodigy violinist Camilla Urso, and instructional books about music history and performing in church choirs. The exhibit is located in the upstairs exhibit case in the Music Library, which is located on the second and third floors of the University of South Carolina School of Music.

[Photographs by Kathy Dowell]

Upcoming digital collection!

Introducing our newest digital collection: L’art Decoratif de Leon Bakst.

“Léon Bakst (1866-1924) was a Russian portraitist and designer who spent much of his career in Paris. This book reflects his extraordinary collaborative work with Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes as well as the dancers Ida Rubinstein and Vaslav Nijinsky. The costumes and set designs in the book demonstrate his modern yet exotic aesthetic as well as a consistently brilliant and detailed use of color. ” (Description by Patricia Sasser of University of South Carolina University Libraries’ Digital Collections.)

This digital collection includes the entire publication, which consists of an extensive introduction, ballet synopses, and beautifully illustrated plates. Included here is the famous dancer Vaslav Najinsky in Afternoon of a Faun (Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune). Interestingly, an internet search returned what appears to be Najinsky in the actual costume based off the plate we’ve included here.

For a truly multimedia experience, USC patrons can listen to the Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun (Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune)on Naxos Music Library here.

We’ll update you once again when this collection is published online, so stay tuned!