On Wednesday evening, August 28, 2012, we'll inaugurate our annual San Francisco Opera Preview lectures with Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto. UC Santa Barbara musicologist Derek Katz will discuss the historic and musical background as well as present excerpts of the work.
This event, presented in conjunction with the San Francisco Opera Guild, will be presented at 12:00 noon at the Koret Auditorium in the Lower Level of the Main Library. All Library programs are free.
Musicians perform together in every imaginable combination. A library like ours tries to purchase, catalog and organize scores and parts to allow chamber musicians to gather, play and perform together.
Chamber music presents an interesting challenge for the music cataloger because of the variety of possible combinations of instrumentalists.
The San Francisco Public Library uses the 785.7 as a suffix for most chamber music with parts. The following decimal places indicates the number of players. Thus 785.72 is the basic call number for instrumental duets, 785.73 for trios, up to 785.79 for nonets and beyond.
Taking the call number out an additional decimal places fine tunes the instrumentation even furthers, according to the instrumental families that the performing instruments belong to - strings, winds, plucked strings, keyboard and percussion. We have created a webpage that provides an outline of these numbers.
The call number 785.725 corresponds to duets for a bowed string instrument and a plucked string instrument. Bowed instruments include the instruments of the string section of the orchestra - violin, viola, cello and double bass. Plucked string instruments include the guitar, harp, lute, mandolin and zither.
Many of these compositions also work for flute and guitar. Our collection includes the following works.
Acht leichte Duos für Flöte oder Violine und Gitarre [Eight Easy Duos for Flute or Violin and Guitar] (Zimmermann, 1980) - includes arrangements of Adagio by Leonhard von Call, Menuett by Francois Hünten, Allegretto and Serenade by Fernando Carulli, Siciliano and Walzer by Gottlieb Heinrich Köhler, Menuett by Charles Doisy, and Allegro by Kaspar Fürstenau. 785.726 XAc Dances in the Madhouse: For Violin (or Flute/Piccolo) and Guitarby David Leisner.
Publication Info. Bryn Mawr, Pa. : Merion Music : T. Presser, sole representative, c1987. 785.725 Le Nocturne op. 38 für Flöte (Violine) und Gitarre [Nocture op. 38 for Flute (Violin) and Guitar] by Francesco Molino (Breitkopf & Härtel, 1976). 785.726 XMo
Musique d'ambiance [Cocktail music], arranged by David Jacques for violin (or other melody instrument) and guitar (Productions d'Oz, c2007). Volume 1 contains Artist's life waltz and Tales from the Vienna Woods by Johann Strauss II, Barcarolle by Jacques Offenbach, Habanera by Georges Bizet, Merry Widow Waltz by Franz Lehar, Liebestraum by Franz Liszt, Plaisir d'amour by Martini, Menuet by Luigi Boccherini, La paloma by Yradier, Skater's Waltz by Emil Waldteufel, O sole mio! by di Capua, Santa Lucia, Tango by Isaac Albéniz, Valse, opus 69, no. 2 by Frederik Chopin, Valse lente by Leo Delibes, Valse des fleurs by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky, and Wedding day by Edvard Grieg. Volume 2 contains Aura Lee, Hungarian Dances nos. 4 and 5 and Valse by Johannes Brahms, Slavic Dance no. 10 by Anton Dvořák, Two Guitars, Black Eyes, La donna è mobile and Libiamo by Giuseppe Verdi, Schön Rosmarin by Fritz Kreisler, Solveig's song by Edvard Grieg, Tesoro mio by Becucci, Emperor Waltz and You and You by Johann Strauss II, and Vienna, My City of Dreams by Rudolph Sieczynski. 785.725 M97431
Musique de cérémonie [Ceremonial music] arranged David Jacques for violin (or other melody instrument) and guitar (Productions d'Oz, c2007). Volume 1 contains Adagio by Albinoni, Air on a G string and Arioso by J.S. Bach, "Air" (from Water music), Canticorum jubilo, Largo, Lascia ch'io pianga by Handel, Ave Maria by Bach / Gounod, Ave Maria by Schubert, Ave verum corpus and Laudate Dominum by Mozart, Canon by Pachelbel, "Winter" and "Spring" from The Seasons by Vivaldi, Wedding March by Mendelssohn, Bridal Chorus by Wagner, Meditation from Thais by Massenet, O mio babbino caro by Puccini, and Panis angelicus by Franck. 785.725 M97432
Jazz in Print is not, as its title might suggest, a bibliography of writings about jazz. It is instead a collection of full text articles from newspapers and magazines (both popular and scholarly) that demonstrate the reception and understanding of African-American vernacular music in American society through the year 1929.
Jazz is a genre that came of age during the early years of sound recording. The history we best know is the history we can hear. Jazz in Print helps to document the prehistory of jazz by reprinting writings about the work and recreation music of American slaves, and about musical forms like minstrelsy, blues, and spirituals.
Beginning with ragtime at the turn of the 20th century ragtime and later jazz becomes a subject of dispute among musicians and critics. While the writings here demonstrate a "culture war" between classical music and jazz, the majority of the articles show a strong appreciation for jazz in American musical life.
Some entries are sensational ("Musician is driven to suicide by jazz" (177) or "Shady dance steps barred by police" (214)). Several were written by noted composers or critics like Leopold Godowsky (194), Darius Milhaud (234; 358), Virgil Thomson (342), Serge Koussevitzky (365). In a 1924 symposium among a number of America's musical leaders asks "Where is Jazz leading America?," the The Étude reminds us that their magazine "does not endorse jazz, by discussing it." There is also a exchange of viewpoints in Forum magazine between George Antheil ("Jazz is Music" July 1928) and Sigmund Spaeth ("Jazz is Not Music" August 1928).
Jazz in Print provides an illuminating timeline that shows both the evolving influence of African-American music upon American popular culture and reaction of the cultural mainstream to this influence.
The book concludes with an index of the names mentioned in the text.