Entries Tagged as 'Theatre'

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Climbing that career ladder

Ah, patronage.  That special arrangement, in which a composer or author contacts someone in High Places, and asks them to lend their name (and/or their money) to a publication. No less a luminary then Blackadder has struggled with its complexities. Scholars today are particularly interested in those little dedications often found at the head of […]

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Washington the Great, Chief of the Columbians

Alfred the Great drove the invading Danes out of England and coins from his reign dub him “King of the English” in tribute to this victory. In the centuries following his death, he gained a reputation as the monarch who did much to create not only the new nation of England, but also the mythology […]

Friday, January 6th, 2017

John Adams on Shakespeare, or As You Dislike It

Another year of Shakespeare has drawn to a close. This week on Broadway the curtain came down on the hit show Something Rotten! whose song “I Hate Shakespeare” offered the closest thing to a respite from the past year’s tempest of fulsome tributes. Those weary of the much ado can take heart: the next anniversary […]

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

LIGHTS, [camera], action!

Sometimes, working with the vast resources of the Ward Collection brings up more questions than it answers. Recently while scanning some libretto volumes for “key content,” I ran across some intriguing illustrations in Le theatre italien de Gherardi, a collection of 55 comedies and scenarios performed in Paris by the Comédie-Italienne (one of the precursors […]

Monday, November 7th, 2016

But wait, there’s more: Many faces of Hawaiian Butterfly

Our recent Hidden Collections sheet music project has continued to produce treasures from the Historical Sheet Music Collections of Houghton and the Harvard Theatre Collection. (Yes, as Susan Sarandon would say in Bull Durham, we need a nickname.) We have now identified 29 different issues of Hawaiian Butterfly. Even as familiar with the vagaries of […]

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

New on OASIS in November

Finding aids for six collections have been significantly updated or newly added to the OASIS database this month:   Processed by: Michael Austin Daniel Aaron papers, circa 1774-2015 (MS Am 2951) Processed by: Adrien Hilton Franz Liszt letters, 1848-1886 (MS Ger 323) Theodore Roosevelt Senior letterpress copybooks, 1869-1878 (MS Am 3067) Additions to the John Updike […]

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Lost Maiden found

It’s official: I adore the Illustrated London News [this is a Harvard resource I fear, and password-protected]. Once again, it has come to my rescue when I’ve needed solid visual clarification about a historical event. This time (regular readers will remember my earlier Crimean adventure) as a part of the clean-up after our Historical Sheet […]

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

New on OASIS in October

Finding aids for two collections have been added to the OASIS database this month: Minimally Processed by: Melanie Wisner Opera Boston records, circa 2003-2013 (MS Thr 1536) Minimally Processed by: Dana Gee with assistance from Andrea Cawelti and Adrien Hilton Edward C. Vose collection of sheet music, 1870-1950 (MS Thr 1546)

Monday, September 26th, 2016

A picture is worth a thousand words

We have all heard it. If you think of googling it, by the way, don’t—nobody really knows who said it first. We have all said it. Ironically, even writers are fond of it. “The drawing shows me at one glance what might be spread over ten pages in a book,” says Evgenii Bazarov, the revolutionary-inclined […]

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Olé!

Dance notation is one of those tricky subjects which has been discussed for centuries: no matter how you write it down, you’re sure to miss something important. I’ve discussed some examples here in in the blog, particularly regarding Feuillet notation (which was a particular interest of Professor Ward’s). But sometimes folks just take things into […]