CUL NEWSLETTER

NOVEMBER 2005

CENTRAL UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES, SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY

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NEW SECTION: CLASSIFIEDS 

 

CALENDAR

LIBRARY HOURS:

   Fondren Library Center (FLC)

  • Monday-Thursday:    8:00 am - 2:00 am

  • Friday:    8:00 am - 12 midnight

  • Saturday: 9:00am-12 midnight

  • Sunday:    1:00 pm - 2:00 am

CMIT

  • Monday-Thursday:   8:30 am- 10:00 pm

  • Friday:       8:30 am-5:00pm

  • Saturday:  CLOSED

  • Sunday:     2:00 p.m.-8:00 pm

DeGolyer Library

  • Monday-Friday:   8:30 am - 5:00 pm

  • Saturday-Sunday: CLOSED

Hamon Library

  • Monday-Thursday:    8:00 am - 12 midnight

  • Friday:    8:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm

  • Sunday:    1:00pm- 12 midnight

ISEM

  • Monday-Wednesday:  8:30 am - 9:00 pm

  • Thursday-Friday:  8:30am-5:00 pm

  • Saturday:   CLOSED

  • Sunday:     1:00 pm-5:00 pm

For other library hours see web page at www.smu.edu/libraries/hours  

THANKSGIVING BREAK
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
  8:00am-5:00pm ** Thanksgiving Holiday 2005 ** Fondren Library Center
Thursday, November 24, 2005
  CLOSED ** Thanksgiving Day 2005 ** Fondren Library Center
Friday, November 25, 2005
  9:00am-5:00pm ** Thanksgiving Holiday 2005 ** Fondren Library Center
Saturday, November 26, 2005
  9:00am-5:00pm ** Thanksgiving Holiday 2005 ** Fondren Library Center

OPPORTUNITIES

LEAD EVENT

Come hear Gillian speak about her conference in Oslo at noon on November 17th in the CIP Conference Room.  Bring your lunch, and LEAD will provide lemonade and cookies.

DEAN'S TEA

Please plan to join Dean McCombs at the CUL Dean’s Tea as she welcomes guest speaker Alessandro Comini, University Distinguished Professor of Art History.   Dr. Comini will speak briefly about her exhibit which opens in the Fondren Library Center on Oct. 25.

Date:  November 2, 2005

Time:  3:00 p.m.

Location: Reading Room, DeGolyer Library

SMUSA TALENT SHOW

November 10th, 2005

11:30-1:00 PM

Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom*

 

*Meals are limited so reserve you seat today by going to:

http://www.smu.edu/staff_association/Programs.asp

Additional seating will be available for those interested in only watching the show

Theresa Meyers and Janet Allmon will be performing once again!

DEGOLYER/FRIENDS EVENT

Southern Methodist University’s

William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies,

DeGolyer Library and the Friends of the SMU Libraries

 invite you to a celebratory event, lecture and reception on

Thursday, November 3 in honor of

 David J. Weber

Robert and Nancy Dedman Professor of History &

Director of the William P. Clements Center for Southwestern Studies

 and his new book

Barbaros:  Spaniards and Their Savages in the Age of Enlightenment 

6:00 pm            Reception and DeGolyer Library’s exhibition opening

       “Colonial Encounters:  Europeans and Native Americans”

6:45 pm            Award Presentation

7:00 pm            Lecture

 Book signing to follow.

 If attending, please RSVP to 8-3684 or online at http://smu.edu/swcenter/Barbaros.htm

DEGOLYER EVENTS

Nov. 1

Mary Troy and Debra Monroe, “Fiction Reading”

Short story writers to read from and discuss their work, followed by book signing.

Marcus Reading Room, DeGolyer Library; 3:30pm

 

Nov. 10

Jefferson Morgenthaler

“The River Has Never Divided Us: A Border History of La Junta de los Rios”

The William P. Clements Prize for the best non-fiction book on Southwestern America published in 2004

Reception, 6:00pm; award ceremony, 6:45pm; lecture 7:00pm

CONCERT
  Title: Meadows Concert Choir & Choral Union
  Date: 2005 Nov 6
  Time: 7:30 PM
  More Info: 214.768.1951
  Where: Caruth Auditorium
  Cost $: FREE

Come and hear CUL's own Theresa Meyers and Heather Barrett as they perform with the Meadows Choral Union.

DIVISION NEWS

ISEM SALE A SUCCESS!

ISEM LIBRARY had a "Book Thing" on Monday, October 24, 2005 and we had students, faculty, and staff stop by an pick-up over 350 books for which they give the library a donation.

The books not claimed went back into storage for a future sale.

  STAFF NEWS

NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5-Nov Eatmon, Joel FLC Collection Development
10-Nov Rubenstein, Nancy DeGolyer
12-Nov Armour, Geailya CIP
14-Nov Lattimore, Clare CIP
15-Nov Jenkins, Bill FLC Ref
26-Nov   Cernosek, Eva CIP

STAFF PERFORMANCES

On Saturday, 12 November, Dennis Moser will be performing as a part of the regular monthly series of new music and performance called "Improvised Silence," held at the Firehouse Art Studio and Gallery, in Fort Worth. He will be premiering an as-yet untitled composition for guitar and prepared sounds. This is his third appearance at the Gallery, performing under the name "usr/sbin."

His 2 recent CDs can be heard, via streaming audio, at http://www.stillstream.com .

The Firehouse Art Studio and Gallery
4147 Meadowbrook
Fort Worth, TX 776103

The performances will begin at 6:00 pm and include appearances by Scanning for Satellites, T.E.F, Habeeb, and Malise. Donations at the door.

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

This is a new section in which a CUL staff member will be featured each month.  The purpose is to get to know each other a little better.  Please feel free to send me the profiles of your newest staff members (tvangoet@mail.smu.edu) so that we can introduce them to the rest of CUL. If you have a staff member in your area that you would like to nominate (new or old) please contact me.  (You can even volunteer yourself :) )

 
 

EXHIBITS & PROGRAMS

FONDREN EXHIBITS

Spring 2005
Periodicals: An SMU Treasure - Old and New
Scholars of Science: Claude Albritton and Harold Jeskey
Faculty Recognition Exhibit

DEGOLYER EXHIBITS

Colonial Encounters: Europeans and Native Americans, Nov. 3-Feb. 24.

HAMON EXHIBIT

Shaped by Water: Landscape Photographs  by Carol and David Farmer

September 30 through November 17, 2005

Mildred Hawn Gallery, Hamon Arts Library Meadows School of the Arts

This exhibition of large format black & white landscape photographs ranges from grand views in the American West to quiet, intimate scenes along streams in the Texas Hill Country. All depict landscapes carved and scoured by water. They remind us how water, our most critical natural resource, has profoundly shaped the environment of the West for millions of years.

Monday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sunday, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

http://www.smu.edu/swcenter/Farmers.htm

LIGHTER SIDE

WHAT HAPPENED THIS MONTH IN HISTORY: NOVEMBER
2 Peter the Great becomes Emperor of Russia (1721)

3 First Opium War between China and Britain begins. (1839)

3 Clarence Birdseye marketed frozen peas (1952)

4. Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd (1842)

6 Abraham Lincoln elected President of the United States (1860)

7 Cartoonist Thomas Nast depicts Republican party as an elephant in a cartoon in Harper's Weekly. (1874)

8 Montana became the 41st State (1889)

8 President Franklin D. Roosevelt forms the Civil Works Administration to help create jobs for millions of workers unemployed during the Great Depression. (1933)

9 Giant Pandas are discovered in China (1927)

10 Direct dial telephone service is first available coast to coast. (1951)

10 Sesame Street premiered on PBS television (1969)

10 The Edmund Fitzgerald and it's entire crew is lost during a storm on Lake Superior. (1975)

11 Forty one Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower sign a compact calling for a "body Politick" just off the Massachusetts coast. (1620)

12 The space shuttle Columbia was launched for the 2and time. This was the first time a space vehicle was used more than once. (1981)

13 The Holland Tunnel under the Hudson River opens to the public, connecting New York City and New Jersey. (1927)

13 The minimum draft age was lowered from 21 to 18 (1942)

14 The first streetcar went into operation (1832)

14 Yale University goes Co-ed. (1968)

15 The Continental Congress approves the Articles of Confederation. (1777)

19 Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. (1863)

20 Ford quit making the unpopular Edsel (1959)

22 President John F. Kennedy, the youngest person to become a U.S. president, is assassinated in Dallas ,Texas as his motorcade traveled through the city. (1963)

23 A patent is issued for the horseshoe manufacturing machine. (1835)

24 Charles Darwin publishes his theory on evolution "On the Origin of the Species", sparking great controversy. (1859)

26 The first lion was exhibited in America (1716)

28 The "Grande Ole Opry "debuts on radio. (1925)

30 The United Stated and Great Britain sign a peace treaty in Paris, formally ending the Revolutionary War. (1782)

NOVEMBER IS

Aviation History Month

International Drum Month

National Epilepsy Month

Peanut Butter Lovers Month

Real Jewelry Month

National Sleep Comfort Month

1st World Vegetation Day

2nd Deviled Egg Day

7th Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

9th Chaos Never Dies Day

13th National Indian Pudding Day

14th Young Readers Day

15th Clean Your Refrigerator Day

16th Button Day

18th Great American Smokeout

19th Have a Bad Day Day

20th Absurdity Day

23rd National Cashew Day

25th National Parfait Day

28th Make Your Own Head Day

30th Stay At Home Because Your Well Day

HISTORIC DISCOVERY IN BEETHOVEN'S OWN HAND

Heather Carbo, a matter-of-fact librarian at an evangelical seminary outside Philadelphia, was cleaning out an archival cabinet one hot afternoon in July. It was a dirty and routine job. But there, on the bottom shelf, she stumbled across what may be one of the most important musicological finds in years.

The recently discovered manuscript for Beethoven's "Grosse Fuge."

It was a working manuscript score for a piano version of Beethoven's "Grosse Fuge," a monument of classical music. And it was in the composer's own hand, according to Sotheby's auction house. The 80-page manuscript in mainly brown ink - a furious scattering of notes across the page, with many changes and cross-outs, some so deep that the paper is punctured - dates from the final months of Beethoven's life.

The score had effectively disappeared from view for 115 years, apparently never examined by scholars. It goes on display today, just for the afternoon, at the school, the Palmer Theological Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa.

"It was just sitting on that shelf," Ms. Carbo said. "I was just in a state of shock."

Like Ms. Carbo, musicologists sounded stunned when read a description of the manuscript by Sotheby's, which will auction it on Dec. 1 in London. "Wow! Oh my God!" said Lewis Lockwood, a musicology professor at Harvard University and a Beethoven biographer. "This is big. This is very big."

Indeed it is.

Any manuscript showing a composer's self-editing gives invaluable insight into his working methods, and this is a particularly rich example. Such second thoughts are particularly revealing in the case of Beethoven, who, never satisfied, honed his ideas brutally - unlike, say, Mozart, who was typically able to spill out a large score in nearly finished form.

What's more, this manuscript is among Beethoven's last, from the period when he was stone deaf. It not only depicts his thought processes at their most introspective and his working methods at their most intense, but also gives a sense of his concern for his legacy. The "Grosse Fuge," originally part of a string quartet, had been badly treated by a baffled public, and he was evidently eager to see it live on in a form in which music lovers could play it on their pianos at home.

The manuscript is one of the longest and weightiest Beethoven scores offered for auction since it was last sold, in 1890, said Richard Kramer, a musicologist at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

"What this document gives us is rare insight into the imponderable process of decision making," he wrote in an e-mail message, "by which this most complex of quartet movements is made over into a work for piano four-hands."

The last major Beethoven manuscript discovery occurred in 1999, according to Sotheby's, when a previously unknown quartet movement was found in a private manuscript collection in Cornwall, England.

The newly discovered manuscript is also a rare piano transcription by Beethoven of one of his own works, and the only complete manuscript source for the piano version of the "Grosse Fuge." It will allow, finally, for a critical edition of the piece.

Above all, it may shed light on Beethoven's conception of the "Grosse Fuge," a work with almost mythical status in the music world, variously described by historians as a "leviathan," a "symphonic poem" and an achievement on the scale of the finale of his Ninth Symphony and Bach's "Art of Fugue."

The manuscript's last known mention was at that auction in 1890, in Berlin, with no reference to a buyer. The buyer is now believed to have been William Howard Doane, a Cincinnati industrialist with a penchant for composing hymns.

In 1952, Doane's daughter made a gift to the seminary, then known as the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. The gift, to establish a chapel, included music manuscripts. Among them were Mozart's Fantasia in C minor and Sonata in C minor, a major Mozart find.

Fifteen years ago, a researcher looking for historical records stumbled across the manuscripts in a safe at the seminary. Sotheby's auctioned off the Mozart and other works for $1.7 million. Since then, rumors persisted that a Beethoven work was floating around somewhere in the seminary.

The "Grosse Fuge," which will also be on display at Sotheby's in New York Nov. 16 to 19, is expected to fetch $1.7 million to $2.6 million. (The seminary's president, Wallace Charles Smith, said funds from the "Beethoven blessing" would be added into its $3 million endowment and eventually put toward scholarships, a training program in West Virginia and the repayment of debts.)

A look at the manuscript, made available by the auction house, shows a composer working with abandon and fixated on getting it exactly right. Groups of measures are vigorously canceled out with crosshatches. There are smudges where Beethoven appears to have wiped away ink while it was still wet. Sections have "aus," or "out," scribbled over them.

In some parts, Beethoven pays little heed to spacing out the notes in a measure, extending the five-line staves with wobbly lines in his own hand. High notes soar above the staff. The handwriting grows agitated to match the music. His clefs are ill formed. In one place, he pastes an entire half-page over a botched section with red sealing wax.

In another spot, Beethoven puts in numbers to signify the fingering. "It's so touching," said Stephen Roe, a musicologist who is head of Sotheby's manuscript department. "It means he played it."

The manuscript is written on several different types of paper with a paper-covered board binding, apparently from the 1830's. The title has the word "fugue" misspelled as "tugue." Bound at the back is a first print edition.

The "Grosse Fuge" lies at the heart of an enduring Beethoven controversy.

It was composed, and published, as the finale of his Op. 130 String Quartet, a member of the colossal series of late quartets. But it was astonishingly complex. After the premiere on March 21, 1826, a reviewer called the music "incomprehensible, like Chinese" and suggested that Beethoven's deafness was at fault. Beethoven wrote another finale, lighter and more pastoral, and agreed to have the "Grosse Fuge" published separately.

Debate has raged over the Op. 130 quartet's proper finale. One camp says that since Beethoven himself made the decision, the substitute finale should be played. The other says that he was effectively pressured into the change by his friends and publisher, and that therefore the "Grosse Fuge" should remain.

Maynard Solomon, another Beethoven biographer, cautioned against overestimating the manuscript's value, pointing out that it is a piano transcription and thus a "secondary work." But, Mr. Solomon said, it fills a gap in the history of the "Grosse Fuge," which he called "one of the most important composition histories in Beethoven's life."

The publisher commissioned a four-hand piano version from another composer, but the job of teasing out the string lines and assigning them to the keyboard was so poorly done that Beethoven insisted on making his own version, which he delivered in August 1826. He was dead less than eight months later.

Describing the period of Beethoven's life, Mr. Lockwood, the Harvard musicologist, said: "He's sick. He is old in his way. He's tired. He's really near the end of his career. But he decides it's worth it to get this piece out in four hands in his own version. It's a labor of extreme love at the end of his life."

Beethoven could not comprehend why the work was not better received. When he was told the audience at the premiere called for encores of the middle movements, he was reported to have said: "And why didn't they encore the Fugue? That alone should have been repeated! Cattle! Asses!"

THANKSGIVING FUN

Thanksgiving Trivia Game

The History of Thanksgiving
and its Celebrations Worldwide

 Throughout history mankind has celebrated the bountiful harvest with thanksgiving ceremonies.

 Before the establishment of formal religions many ancient farmers believed that their crops contained spirits which caused the crops to grow and die. Many believed that these spirits would be released when the crops were harvested and they had to be destroyed or they would take revenge on the farmers who harvested them. Some of the harvest festivals celebrated the defeat of these spirits.

 Harvest festivals and thanksgiving celebrations were held by the ancient Greeks, the Romans, the Hebrews, the Chinese, and the Egyptians.


The Greeks

 The ancient Greeks worshipped many gods and goddesses. Their goddess of corn (actually all grains) was Demeter who was honored at the festival of Thesmosphoria held each autumn.

 On the first day of the festival married women (possibility connecting childbearing and the raising of crops) would build leafy shelters and furnish them with couches made with plants. On the second day they fasted. On the third day a feast was held and offerings to the goddess Demeter were made - gifts of seed corn, cakes, fruit, and pigs. It was hoped that Demeter's gratitude would grant them a good harvest.


The Romans

 The Romans also celebrated a harvest festival called Cerelia, which honored Ceres their goddess of corn (from which the word cereal comes). The festival was held each year on October 4th and offerings of the first fruits of the harvest and pigs were offered to Ceres. Their celebration included music, parades, games and sports and a thanksgiving feast.

CLASSIFIEDS

This is a new section where staff can list things that they are selling or giving away.  Send items to ( well, not the actual item just a picture or brief description) tvangoet@mail.smu.edu 

 

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Page author: Theresa Van Goethem Meyers