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Meet the Problem Solvers: Lingwei Qiu, Library Assistant for Print Music

What does a Library Assistant for Print Music do?

I am a library assistant and work on special material: music scores at the Loeb Music Library. I am managed by ITS (this is Harvard Library’s centralized Information and Technical Services department), but in general, I work with this library directly for print music acquisitions and cataloging. Most of the cataloging work is copy cataloging, but I also work on the original cataloging for some Asian language materials. Besides these, I add music journals to the collection on a daily basis.

How long have you been in this position?

I have been in this position for 15 years.

Have you always done this job at the Music Library or did you start in a different position?

This is the only job I have worked at the Music Library.

What’s your favorite thing about the Music Library?

My favorite thing about the Music Library is the challenge and opportunity. The challenge helps you to understand your current limits and how far you can expand them. The opportunity allows you to create a path towards expanding said limits. The most memorable moment for me was when I was asked to take notes at one of my first staff meetings. I had only been on the job for a few months, I was not able to speak fluent English and did not understand most of workflows in the library. However, I made it with the help of a friendly colleague. I was very appreciative of this and it made me believe that I could do more for the library in the future.

What project are you most proud of that you’ve worked on in the Music Library?

The project I am most proud of that I have worked on in the Music Library is not directly connected with my job, but it was only possible because I worked at the Music Library. 2015 was the centennial anniversary of Chinese piano music, and I curated an exhibition on this topic. I used my experience in working with music materials and the foundation of my Chinese cultural background (especially Chinese piano music) to introduce a unique cultural and musical world to the Harvard community. It was very successful. The Harvard Gazette reported on the exhibition. In March 2016, pianists George Li and Alex Beyer played some works from the exhibition, transferring and transforming its contents from paper to sound.

Do you have any non-work projects completed or ongoing that you are proud of and would like to share?

I recently wrote a biography of the Chinese-American composer Lei Liang, a Rome Prize winner and 2021 Grawemeyer Award recipient. In the tumultuous year that was 2020, it was finally published as a significant part of the book Confluence of a Hundred Streams (written in Chinese), published by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music Press.

Where do you find comfort and strength in a scary and unknown time?

As a music lover and a pianist, music has always been my comfort and peace amongst the chaos. To me, it brings happiness and hope.

What do you love most about your work?

Working with all kinds of music and constantly being able to learn more.

 

Lingwei Qiu is wearing a black and white top. She is holding a red score by Lei Liang entitled A Thousand Mountains, A Million Streams.

Lingwei Qiu in the Technical Services workroom following a 2019 class presentation on the music of Lei Liang.

Thank you to Joe Kinzer, Senior Curatorial Assistant in the Archive of World Music, for contributing this post.

Newly Digitized: Works by Johann Sebastian and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

In this update, we take a short break from 19th-century opera to share works by members of the Bach family: Johann Sebastian Bach’s organ Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 538 (“Dorian”), the 15 Inventions BWV 772-786 for keyboard, teaching pieces first set down in the Clavier-Büchlein vor Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, and the Sonatas for violin and harpsichord, BWV 1014-1019. Rounding out the list is Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s Psalmen mit Melodien, Wq 196, a collection of 42 psalms with texts translated by Johann Andreas Cramer, published by the composer and printed by Breitkopf in 1774.1

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, "Der Erste Psalm," Psalmen mit Melodien. Merritt Room Mus 627.2.584

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, “Der Erste Psalm,” Psalmen mit Melodien. Merritt Room Mus 627.2.584 (click to enlarge)

Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750

  • [Toccata und Fuge, organ, BWV 538, D minor]
    Toccata et fugue pour l’orgue ou le piano-forte. No. II / composée par J.S. Bach. First ed. Leipzig : Au bureau de musique de C.F. Peters, [ca. 1829]. Merritt Room Mus 627.1.456.5
  • [Inventions, harpsichord, BWV 772-786]
    XV inventions pour le clavecin / composées par Mr. J.S. Bach. Nouvelle edition. À Leipsic : Au Bureau de Musique. de C.F. Peters., [ca. 1820?]. Merritt Room Mus 627.1.435.31
    Plates of the original [1801] Hoffmeister ed. were used for this revised edition.
  • [Sonatas, violin, harpsichord, BWV 1014-1019]
    Clavier Sonaten mit obligater Violine / von Johann Sebastian Bach. Zürich : Bëy Hans Gëorg Nägeli., [1804?]. Merritt Room Mus 627.1.283.4. RISM A/I, B 454

Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel, 1714-1788

  • [Psalmen mit Melodien]
    Herrn Doctor Cramers übersetzte Psalmen mit Melodien : zum singen bey dem Claviere / von Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Leipzig : Im Verlage des Autors, 1774. Merritt Room Mus 627.2.584. RISM A/I, B 0131

Find these and nearly 100 other works by members of the Bach family – including a set of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach copyists’ manuscripts – online in our collection of Digital Scores and Libretti.

-Kerry Masteller


1. For more about this collection, see Anja Morgenstern, introduction to Cramer and Sturm Songs, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, The Complete Works VI/2 (Los Altos, Calif: Packard Humanities Institute, 2009), http://www.cpebach.org/toc/toc-VI-2.html.

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