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Peter Eötvös (1944–), a composer and conductor of international stature, has agreed to deposit his working papers in the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basle. This research archive will thus add another important collection of a Hungarian composer to its rich holdings of manuscripts by Béla Bartók, Sándor Veress, Antal Doráti, György Ligeti, and György Kurtág. Among the documents that Eötvös has already placed at the archive are sketches, drafts, and fair copies of such major compositions as his opera Drei Schwestern (1991–98), zeroPoints for orchestra (1999), and IMA for chorus and orchestra (2001). All of these sources and their associated documentary materials (program booklets, sound, and video recordings, etc.) are now available for scholarly use. Eötvös, who will be honored at an upcoming event at the Basle Academy of Music, will expand his collection over the coming years.

The Informed Librarian Online (http://www.informedlibrarian.com [accessed 22 February 2006]) is pleased to announce the launch of ILOSearch, a powerful new database index of articles from library periodicals designed to help library professionals keep up with their professional reading. The index now contains over 36,600 documents dating back to January 2003, from over 300 different library journals (including Notes), newsletters, magazines and webzines. The indexing is current through the last day of the previous month, which makes it the most up-to-date library periodical index. Searches can be limited to an individual title, a particular subject collection of journals, or a date range. The Informed Librarian Online is committed to bringing all of the library professionals' professional reading to their desktops every month. For more information contact Arlene Eis, Informed Librarian Online at (866) 529-8746.

The Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) Music Library has made its collection of marching band and drill team materials available for public use. Donated by Albert R. Casavant (1917–2002), this special collection has finally been cataloged.

Casavant was a highly acclaimed marching band educator and clinician. In the 1950s, he was the driving force behind the development of precision drill, a style of marching where the band would create intricate [End Page 940] formations using lines and small groups. This style became the standard for marching bands at football game halftime shows. Precision drill was also the immediate precursor to the drum corps style of marching today.

Casavant did extensive research to develop precision drill. His collection contains materials on military tactics, drills, uniforms, and marching. He authored more than 150 instructional books showing band directors how to create precision drills and many of his published works are found in the IUP collection. There are also some rare works not found in any other library, including several dating from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Three of the five Casavant children became university professors or researchers, working in fields that Casavant studied. Albert's son, Charles Casavant, was a professor of music and director of "The Legend," the IUP Marching Band from 1976 to 2001.

The Performing Arts Library of Roosevelt University (Greg MacAyeal, director) has received a gift of $12,000 from the Swiss Benevolent Society of Chicago. The gift will support the digitization and preservation of the university's sound recording archive of the late Dr. Rudolph Ganz (1877–1972). A renowned pianist, composer, conductor, and educator, Dr. Ganz is an important figure in 20th-century music history. He was associated with the Chicago Musical College, and was instrumental in its merger with Roosevelt University in 1956. Trained by the master Ferruccio Busoni in Berlin, Ganz's early recorded performances demonstrate his skills as one of his generation's finest pianists. Ganz was a personal friend of many European composers and introduced American audiences to new, important compositions through premiere performances and recordings. In addition to the many musical recordings, the archive contains recordings of interviews, lectures and panel discussions of which Rudolph Ganz was a part. One recording consists of Ganz joined by Frank Lloyd Wright to discuss Chicago's impact on the world of art.

The collection consists of sixty-two reel-to-reel tapes, thirteen cassette tapes, and eighteen phonographic...

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ISSN
1534-150X
Print ISSN
0027-4380
Pages
pp. 940-943
Launched on MUSE
2006-05-22
Open Access
No
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