|Music Library Association||No.186||Jul-Aug 2016|
|Institutions & Collections|
MINUETTA KESSLER COLLECTION AT BOSTON PUBLIC
The Boston Public Library recently created a finding aid for the Minuetta Kessler Collection through the fantastic work of Simmons student and intern Catherine Hammer, supervised by music curator Liz Berndt-Morris. Minuetta Kessler was a pianist, composer, and music educator who lived and worked in the Boston area from the 1950s until her death in 2002; her collection is held by the Boston Public Library. She was an advocate for female composers and was involved with the New England Pianoforte Teachers' Association, the American Women Composers of Massachusetts, while cofounding Concerts in the Home.
The collection at the Boston Public library contains personal correspondence, performance programs as well as articles and reviews about her performances, manuscripts, published copies, and print masters that she retained after she self-published many of the works from her home. The collection can be searched on the BPL's website.
PHONOGRAM MAGAZINE NOW ONLINE
SOUSA ENCORE BOOKS AVAILABLE ONLINE
Excerpt from table of contents,
Sousa Encore Books (Bassoon I)
The Sousa Band Encore Books are now available online for research.
It was tradition for John Philip Sousa's civilian band (1893-1932) to play two or more encores after each program selection, meaning that a program with 10 pieces on it could expand into 25. The encores contrasted with the preceding piece and could be popular songs or short classics, but most often they were Sousa's marches, pasted into ledger-sized books. These 44 encore books were donated to the Marine Band by Charles Walker Hyde in 1967, and they include occasional notes from Sousa Band members and many marches in their earliest known editions. The books have helped us understand Sousa's performance practice and instrumentation choices, which have proven invaluable as we continue to work on The Complete Marches of John Philip Sousa recording project. Read more about the collection here.