Friday, December 22, 2006

Music Lovers: Can't Get Enough Mozart?

Mozart Catalog Is Now Available Online


VIENNA, Austria Dec 13, 2006 (AP)— Mozart is now just a mouse-click away. Mozart maniacs, enthusiasts, students and scholars can now access the immortal composer's entire catalog through a free online database with some 24,000 pages.

The database available at also contains more than 8,000 pages of critical commentary published since 1954, said Ulrich Leisinger, head of research at the International Mozart Foundation.

The launch of the Web site this week comes as a year commemorating the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth complete with thousands of concerts, opera performances and exhibitions across Austria draws to a close.

The site is aimed at scholars, musicians and all music enthusiasts, Leisinger said, noting he hoped it would be of particular use to students in places such as India, where musical libraries aren't necessarily around the corner.

"It's a big project, there's nothing comparable in the field of music," Leisinger said.

The International Mozart Foundation based in Mozart's birthplace Salzburg also aims to keep updating the database, which was launched with the support of the California-based Packard Humanities Institute.

Next summer, it hopes to make available some 270 letters handwritten by Mozart, some 100 original manuscripts and about 2,000 pages of texts accompanying many of the vocal works such as operas, Leisinger said.

Site users can search for a specific work using key words and a scroll down menu. They also have the option of printing out individual movements.

Since it was launched Monday afternoon, the site has had more than 1 million hits and temporarily experienced technical problems Wednesday due to the strong interest, Leisinger said.

A note on the site indicates that work is under way to increase server capacities.

The contents of the Web site are based on the Neue Mozart Ausgabe, a compilation of Mozart's works and critical commentaries that used to be available solely in paper form and that has been in publication since 1954.

The International Mozart Foundation, in years to come, hopes to take the site one step further and incorporate audio files.

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Museum Passes for CML Patrons

Curtis Library cardholders are entitled to Free Museum Passes (family day-use, passes available at the circulation desk), courtesy of the Friends, come in or call to reserve a date:

Portland Museum of Art's current exhibits feature
American ABC: Childhood in 19th-Century America Through January 7.

Other passes available include:

New Director for Curtis Library

BRUNSWICK. After a several-month national search, the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick has announced that Elisabeth Doucett will take over as Director on January 16, 2007. Ms. Doucett comes to Curtis from the Beebe Memorial Library in Wakefield, Massachusetts.

She received her MLS from Simmons College, where she was elected to the Beta Phi Mu Honor Society. Prior to entering the library profession, Ms. Doucett received an MBA from the J. L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and had an extensive marketing career with several major multinational corporations and consulting groups. Between her graduation from Smith College and management school, she worked in the Harvard University and Boston University development offices.

“It is an understatement to say that we are remarkably fortunate to have attracted Liz to Curtis,” said Library Board President Jamie Kaplan in announcing the Ms. Doucett’s hiring. “She has a perfect skill set to lead Curtis to the next level and into the future. We all truly owe a debt of gratitude to the Search Committee for months of hard work and superb judgment.”

Michael Jones, Chair of the Search Committee, observed that “We received over 60 applications, some from as far away as California and Texas. To the Library’s credit, the talent pool was outstanding. Even so, we were unanimous that Liz stood alone at the top of the group.”

Local residents may attend a reception for Ms. Doucett betwwen 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. on February 1st in the Morrell Meeting Room at the library. For further information, please contact Michael Heath at 725-5242 ext. 236.