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Lend Me Your Ears: Shakespeare in Special Collections

“Lend me your ears” writes William Shakespeare (1564-1616) in his play Julius Caesar. This is just one of many catchy phrases penned by the great writer and playwright. Scholars believe Shakespeare moved to London and began working in the theatre by the latter part of the 1580s, and William Shakespeare’s name began to appear in the record as a playwright by the early 1590s. Special Collections & Archives holds hundreds of titles written by and related to Shakespeare.

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Pulling on Pickled Heartstrings

What is the link between a pickled human heart, the rise of the middle class, and the oldest musical instrument? The answer lies in Special Collections & Archives. Housed within the Vahdah Olcott-Bickford Collection is a transcription by Fransisco Tarrega of Chopin’s Prelude Op. 28, No. 15 for the guitar. This is a particularly unique item considering the history of the guitar. 

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Latin American Music Review

Music and oral traditions from the global South are often pushed aside and considered to be unimportant, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Fortunately there have been attempts to remedy this mindset through a measured academic study of the music and culture from the global South. One example specifically covering Latin American music is...

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The Magic of Julian Bream

Legendary classical guitarist Julian Bream passed away at the age of 87 on August 14, 2020. Bream was a lover of all music, and he surrounded himself within the sonic landscapes of every musical era, going back as far as the music of 15-century lutenists. The IGRA Guitar Research Archives Discography Collection contains an immense collection of phonograph recordings. These recordings are a valuable resource for any music researcher, performer, teacher or student looking to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of performed music...

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The C.C. Easley Microfilm Scores

Charles Clarence Easley was born in Utica, Nebraska on September 13, 1885. Clarence, as he was called as an adult, began learning the guitar at age nine. As a young man, he worked as an accountant in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Following World War I, he began working as a court reporter, and in 1920 moved to San Francisco to take a job working in the local courts. Easley had a lifelong fascination with the guitar...

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A History of Classical Guitar Construction

The International Guitar Research Archives consists of many books and periodicals donated from the personal collections of various figures in the guitar community. Much of this material focuses on the history of important players and composers of the instrument. An interesting topic that is sometimes overlooked is the history of the actual instrument itself....

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Method Books and the Classical Guitar in America

During the 18th and early 19th centuries, the guitar was not considered a serious concert instrument in America. Classical music in general was not as popular as the many folk forms that were in vogue, further contributing to the scarcity of the classical guitar. In order to gain insight into the evolution of American style classical guitar, we can examine... 

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The Infinite Forms of Music

Reginald Smith Brindle lived from 1917-2003, and is best known for his compositions for the guitar, but he also composed for a variety of other instruments. He was advocate and supporter of modern music that swept throughout the world in the second half of the twentieth century. This music was characterized by a shift away from formal structure of music to more abstract forms...

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