Digital Beethoven

The Beethoven-House in Bonn has recently added to its Digital Archives the sketchbooks of Ludwig van Beethoven. The Archives include digitized first-edition scores, manuscripts, letters, and now sketchbooks. The sketchbooks are particularly important for scholars to understand Beethoven’s creative process. Beethoven had two types of sketchbooks. At his home, he jotted down ideas in large hardbound volumes. But, when he was not at home, he carried smaller, soft-bound books to capture ideas as he was on his way. After his death, many of the sketchbooks were taken apart and pages sold separately. Now, cooperation between many libraries has made possible and accessible a nearly complete collection of all of Beethoven’s extant sketchbooks, not only those kept at the Beethoven-House. Detailed explanations in English of each page of the pieces involved, watermarks, and history of the particular sketchbook enhance this already rich and interesting resource.

At the Beethoven-House Digital Archive, one can search for a specific piece of music and find a digitized first edition, perhaps a manuscript, as well as relevent letters and sketches. Letters are linked with sound files of audio versions. Some sound files of musical examples are also included.

Exploring the Digital Archive of the Beethoven-House is truly exciting, made even moreso by the addition of Beethoven’s sketchbooks.

Bravo Beethoven-House!

Beethoven Resources at Temple Libraries

Paley Library has a strong collection of books about Beethoven as well as scoresby him. To listen to music by Beethoven, go to Classical Music Library, a streaming audio service, access provided by Temple University Libraries.

–Anne Harlow

Digital Mozart

The Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum in Salzburg together with the Packard Humanities Institute, in celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the birth ofWolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), have made the entire Neue Mozart Ausgabe, both scores and Kritische Berichte freely available on the web. Now, students, scholars, and the public have access to scholarly digitized scores of Mozart’s entire oeuvre for personal study or educational use. The printed version of these scholarly scores has been an ongoing effort of Bärenreiter Verlag since 1955. The works of Mozart arguably constitute some of the most beautiful, profound, and moving utterances of mankind. Would our world be more peaceful if more people listened to Mozart? I believe so! Enjoy!

Further Mozartiana

Temple University Libraries has quite a number of books about Mozart, and well over 1,000 music scores of his works.
To listen to sound recordings of Mozart’s music go to, online access provided by Temple University Libraries.

–Anne Harlow

Gian Carlo Menotti, 1911-2007.

Gian Carlo Menotti, renowned and beloved opera composer, died Thursday, February 1st, 2007, at the age of 95. Although born in Italy, Menotti is considered an American composer and studied with Rosario Scalera at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia where he graduated with honors in 1933. Some of his most well-known works are The MediumThe Old Maid and the ThiefAmahl and the Night VisitorsThe TelephoneThe Saint of Bleeker Street, and The Consul, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1955. In 1958 Menotti founded the prestigious summer opera festival, Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of Two Worlds), in Spoleto, Italy, and opened its American counterpart in Charleston, South Carolina in 1977. (See theSpoleto Festival USA.) For more information see articles in the London Daily TelegraphThe Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.

Music by Gian Carlo Menotti can be heard via streaming audio from Classical Music Library, and

Click here for a listing of works by Menotti held by Temple University Libraries.

Books about Menotti and his music in Temple University’s Paley Library include:

Ardoin, John. The Stages of Menotti. Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1985. Paley Stacks ML410.M52A85 1985

Grieb, Lyndal. The Operas of Gian Carlo Menotti, 1937-1972; a selective bibliography. Paley Stacks ML134.M533G7

Gruen, John. Menotti : a biography. New York : Macmillan, c1978. Paley Stacks ML410.M52G8

Hixon, Donald L. Gian Carlo Menotti : a bio-bibliography. Westport, CT : Greenwood Press, 2000. Paley Stacks ML134.M533 H59 2000

Tricoire, Robert. Gian Carlo Menotti, l’homme et son Oeuvre: Catalogue des oeuvres, discographie, illustrations. Paris, Seghers, 1966. Paley Stacks ML410.M52T7

Wlaschin, Ken. Gian Carlo Menotti on Screen : opera, dance, and choral works on film, television, and video. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Company, c1999. Paley Stacks ML410.M52 W6 1999

-Anne Harlow

Music Everywhere and Anywhere! is offering its music downloads free (and legal) to students! Previously a subscription-only service, Ruckus changed its business model to advertising revenue. In addition to over 2.1 million tracks of music, Ruckus provides social software that enables students to create and share playlists, browse playlists of friends and classmates, read comments on message boards, and recommend music. In addition to popular music, Ruckus includes significant collections of jazz and classical music. An email address with “.edu” is necessary to access the free service. For more information see:

“Big Labels Offer Free Music to College Students” from the New York Times

“Ruckus Network Offers Free Campus Access to Downloads” from the Washington Post
“Ruckus Joins Internet2 to Distribute Files for Academic Use” from the Chronicle of Higher Education

In addition to Ruckus, the Temple University music-loving community has access to exciting free streaming audio services!

African American Song – Documents the history of African American Music, including blues, early jazz, gospel, ragtime, and more!

Classical Music Library – Look for your favorite composer here! Or, browse by playlists that include music for particular artistic movements, instruments, moods, and occasions, even a “Lover’s Guide!”

Smithsonian Global Sound – Travel the world with music! Every continent is represented as well as music from Oceania and the Caribbean. Escape the winter cold with a Calypso from Trinidad or a sizzling hot Tango!

Let music fill your mind and heart this winter, and always.

-Anne Harlow

Happy Birthday John Coltrane!

To celebrate John Coltrane’s 80th birthday, a jazz-fest will be held on Saturday, September 23rd from 1:00 – 8:30 PM at the Awbury Arboretum in Germantown.

From the Tranestop press release:

“This free outdoor concert is part of the John Coltrane Jazz Festival – “Giant Steps Over Philly”, ! ; and is hosted by State Representative John Myers and State Senator LeAnna Washington.

This concert was rescheduled from September 2nd … which provided the TraneStop the opportunity to merge this festival with its annual celebration of Coltrane’s birthday. The event will still have two stages with international recording artist Billy Paul headlining the John Myers Blues Stage and internationally recognized jazz legend Archie Shepp headlining the John Coltrane Jazz Stage.”

Go to the Tranestop website for more information and additional artists that will be featured.

“The Awbury Arboretum is easily accessible by train and bus both within and from outside the city. SEPTA’s R-7 Chestnut Hill-East/Trenton rail line stops at Washington Lane Station within feet of the jazz stage and a block from the blues stage. The R-7 connects at Trenton with New Jersey transit lines from New York and has stops at all three Philadelphia center city stations. Travelers from Washington, DC or the south or travelers who come into the city by bus, can pick up the R-7 at Suburban Station, 30th Street Station or Market East Station. The Saturday R-7 morning trains no. 1714, 1716 and 1718 will get you to the concert site by 11:59am, 12:59am and 1:59am, respectively and trains continue to run hourly thereafter. Departing R-7 evening trains no. 1731 and 1733 depart the concert site back to center city and Trenton at 8:41pm and 9:41 pm, respectively. The SEPTA bus route XH (connects at Broad and Erie) and route 23 also place riders right at the concert site on Washington Lane and Chew. TraneStop encourages participants to make good use of available public transportation to help make this an enjoyable and non-stres! sful experience for all involved. Call SEPTA at 215-580-7800 or visit the websites and for further information.”

Selected Library Resources for John Coltrane


Biography and description of works from Grove Music Online.

Articles from International Index to Music Periodicals

From American National Biography.

Full-Text Articles from JSTOR


Citations to articles from Music Index.

Full-text articles from the New York Times. through ProQuest historical newspapers.

Articles from RILM (Repertoire International de Litterature de Musicale).

Internet Resources

John Coltrane website

PBS – Jazz, a documentary by Ken Burns, artist biography: Coltrane These videos are available at Temple University Library’s circulation desk (ML3506 .J399x 2000) and can be checked out.

John Coltrane, Avant Garde Jazz, and the Evolution of “My Favorite Things” by Scott Peterson

Hear and see John Coltrane, live, 1965, playing “Naimba”

The Tranestop

BBC Music Profiles – John Coltrane

Streaming audio of Coltrane music is available from CDigix. 
Requires Internet Explorer.
-Anne Harlow

2006 is Bertolt Brecht Year!

Bertolt Brecht Manuscripts Discovered in Switzerland

Previously unknown manuscripts of Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), influential 20th century poet and playwright, have been recently discovered in Switzerland and delivered to the Brecht Archive at the Academy of Arts in Berlin. The playwright with arguably the most influence in shaping modern theater in the twentieth century, Brecht is a controversial social critic while at the same time his works entertain. The year 2006 is “Brecht year”, with many venues commemorating 50 years since his death. An article about the discovery of the manuscripts is available from Deutsche Welle , as well as other articles on his life and works.

Some resources at Temple University Libraries on Bertolt Brecht include:

Works by Bertolt Brecht at Temple University Libraries

Works about Bertolt Brecht

Books at Temple University Paley Library 
Both analyses and biographies.

*From “Contemporary Authors”
Nice works list, brief biography.

*From Grove Music Online
Brief biography emphasizing works put to music.
Criticism and Analysis

*International Index to the Performing Arts
A variety of sources including scholarly and popular press. Articles are full-text and full-image.

Full-text articles from the Performing Arts, Language and Linguistics, and Music Collections.

*Literature Online (LION) – Bertolt Brecht, short biographies, links to articles with analysis, some full-text works.

*MLA International Bibliography – full-text articles on criticism and analysis. For more articles on Brecht, search the database MLA lists over 3,000 citations about Brecht.

*RILM – Criticism and Analysis about Brecht-Weill works in a database that is international in scope.
Internet Resources

International Brecht Society

Bertolt Brecht and the Epic Theater

“Bertolt Brecht: The Man Who Never Was”
 provides insight into the complexity of Brecht as a writer and a person.
To access resources preceded by an asterisk off-campus, enter your AccessNet username and password.

-Anne Harlow

New, Fun, and Exciting Blog Section

Welcome to the new Performing Arts Section to Temple University Libraries’ blog! Here you will find all the latest news about resources in Music, Dance, and Theater available to the Temple University community, including new electronic databases, DVD’s, audio resources, as well as books and reference sources. Don’t know what to do for the weekend? Check back for links to performances and arts activities in the Philadelphia area! Feel free to comment on posts and to inform us of important resources and events. Enjoy! -Anne Harlow