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The University at Buffalo Music Library is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant in the amount of $11,000 by the J. Warren Perry & Charles Donald Perry Memorial Trust of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. The funds will be used to begin the process of reformatting a portion of the music library's holdings of reel-to-reel tape recordings that date back to the 1960s.

The first two collections to be reformatted will be the recordings of the fifty-three June in Buffalo concerts, 1975-80, and the eighty-five Evenings for New Music Concerts, 1964-80. These concert series were but two of several series created for the presentation of contemporary music by the Music Department of the University at Buffalo and the Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. Contents of the concerts are notable for including dozens of world and U.S. premieres, performances of works by the most prominent composers of the twentieth century, performances by composers of their own works, spoken comments by composers about their works, and performances by leading contemporary music performance specialists. The grant will enable the music library to establish a model for this sort of audio reformatting that can be applied in the future to other audio holdings in the collection, as well as similar holdings in the University Archives and Special Collections.

Reformatting the reel-to-reel audio tapes in the Music Library has become a critical matter of preservation. Many of the tapes are nearing the end of their projected fifty-year lifespan and may already have deteriorated beyond the point where it is feasible to perform this sort of technical work in-house. Thus, the music library selected a vendor with a very strong reputation in this field. The audio reformatting will be performed by George Blood's Safe Sound Archives in Philadelphia. Mr. Blood has extensive experience in this field and his clients include the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Public Library, University of Pennsylvania, the United States Marine Corps Band, and many other prestigious institutions.

The reformatting will also make it possible to provide good quality service copies of the materials for use by patrons. Increased and easier access to the materials will make it more likely that commercial release of some of the recordings could be facilitated in the future. New World Records released two recordings from the music library's holdings on its 2005 release, Julius Eastman, Unjust Malaise (80638-2, CD). Reformatting will make it easier to pursue similar collaborations in the future.

Dr. J. Warren Perry has been a generous benefactor of the music library in the past, with his donation of two collections of photographs: The J. Warren Perry Collection of Photographs, ca. 1910-71 (chiefly opera-related and other musical content), and the J. Warren Perry Collection of Ballet Photographs, ca. 1910-60. Digital versions of the more than 2,400 photographs in both collections can be viewed online at and (both accessed 21 November 2007) respectively. Dr. Perry's donations also include physical artifacts of musical interest, including coins, stamps, autograph letters, correspondence, and clippings.

The Juilliard School has received from the family of Artur Rubinstein (1887-1982) an extensive collection of the pianist's published scores and original manuscripts that had been seized by the Nazis from Rubinstein's Paris apartment and recently returned to his children by the German government. Among the seventy-one items is the manuscript of Villa Lobos's Rudepoema, which was dedicated to Rubinstein, as well as autographs of works by Carmago Guarnieri and Germaine Tailleferre. The Dutch musicologist, Willem de Vries, was instrumental in identifying these works and aiding in their return to the family. The Rubinstein Collection will be a part of Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Special Collections, and available to scholars and performers by appointment.


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The Pierpont Morgan Library & Museum has received a generous grant of $500,000 from the Kovner Foundation for a three-year project to digitize and make available on the Internet its entire collection of music manuscripts. The project will provide much-needed, Web-based access, free of charge, to high-quality images and related descriptions of every page within every music manuscript in the collection. These images and descriptions will be available via the institution's online public catalog, CORSAIR ( [accessed 21 November 2007]). The Morgan will also be working with other institutions that house significant music manuscript collections, including the Juilliard School, Harvard University, and the Library of Congress, to develop a unified portal for digitized versions of their music manuscripts.

The Morgan's collection of music manuscripts, considered one of the best in the world, is consulted by scholars, performers, conductors, and collectors. Currently, access is largely provided by appointment through the Morgan's Reading Room. The collection is also made available to the public through a wide array of public exhibitions, lectures, concerts, and other programs. Nevertheless, because of the fragility of many of the items in the collection, there are necessary limits on the amount of access that can be provided. Thanks to the generous grant from the Kovner Foundation, the digitization of the collection will solve this problem, making images available both to researchers and to the general public from any location, at any hour. Users will be able to page through a manuscript quickly or turn to a particular page instantly, perform close comparisons of images from several different manuscripts at once, and study details not readily visible to the naked eye. Equally important, the digital images will be stored and managed in a way that will ensure their survival across platforms and changes in file format.

The Morgan's music collection includes over 1,000 music manuscripts. Many of the manuscripts are in the hand of the composer; most have never been reproduced. Principal strengths are music of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries. The eighteenth century is represented by Bach, Handel, and Haydn; the Mozart collection is one of the richest in the world. Nineteenth- and twentieth-century composers who are especially well represented are Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Mahler, Mendelssohn, and Schubert. Berg, Menotti, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, and Webern are also represented with significant manuscripts.

Cornell University Library's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections is pleased to announce the acquisition of an important collection documenting the early days of hip-hop/rap music. Assembled by author and music journalist Johan Kugelberg, the collection features nearly 1,000 sound recordings (primarily LP records), hundreds of flyers by Bronx artist Buddy Esquire and others, original art work and textiles, more than 200 books, manuscript materials, and 950 photographs by Bronx photographer Joe Conzo, Jr. The collection presents a rich picture of the emergence of hip-hop/rap culture in the Bronx in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The collection is the basis for Kugelberg's book Born in the Bronx: A Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop (New York: Rizzoli, 2007), which contains a foreword by Afrika Bambaataa, contributions by Buddy Esquire and Jeff Chang, and photographs by Joe Conzo. Inquires concerning this collection may be sent to
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