Entries Tagged as 'Theatre'

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

What’s New: Feuillet Fandango!

The Harvard Theatre Collection has just acquired a splendid Feuillet dance notation treasure, in the rare first edition of El noble arte de danzar a la francesa, y española, printed by Pablo Minguet circa 1760.

Friday, August 1st, 2014

New on OASIS in August

Twelve finding aids for newly cataloged collections have been added to the OASIS database this month, including posters from the May 1968 Paris protests and penmanship specimens from 18th century Boston writing schools. Processed by Susan Wyssen: Claude Farrère Papers, 1896-1957 (MS Fr 590) Marseille Heroin Trafficking Collection, circa 1963-1975 (MS Fr 614)

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

John Lindquist Photographic Negatives Project

For the past six weeks, I have had the distinct pleasure of working in the Theatre Collection at Houghton Library, Harvard University as part of a fellowship with the Dance Heritage Coalition, which is supporting eight fellows through an Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant, providing training and practice in dance-related librarianship. My fellowship […]

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Remembering Eleanor Steber

Eleanor Steber (1914-1990) was a leading soprano at the Metropolitan Opera for over two decades. Today is her 100th birthday. Over the past weeks this blog has featured items drawn from Steber’s papers in the Harvard Theatre Collection that document two significant collaborations with American composer Samuel Barber: Vanessa (1958) and Knoxville: Summer of 1915 […]

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Two Recently Identified Sketches by Edwin Austin Abbey

American painter and illustrator Edwin Austin Abbey offered the following counsel to aspiring young artists: You should be sketching always… Draw the dishes on the table while you are waiting for breakfast. Draw the people in the station while you are waiting for your train… It is all part of your world. You are going […]

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Everything is just a rebus

Advertising was at the heart of Johann Strauss Senior’s Viennese dance empire. Always on the lookout for gimmicks to whet the public appetite for new dances, his grasp of popular culture was brilliant: dance titles made reference to current political, cultural, and scientific events, visiting dignitaries and performers, themes and arias from the most popular […]

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

New on OASIS in July

Two finding aids for newly cataloged collections have been added to the OASIS database this month: the sermons of a Connecticut clergyman at the turn of the 19th century and a collection of portrait prints of theatrical, literary, and historical personalities. Processed by Ashley M. Nary: Portrait Prints of Notable 16th – 19th-Century Personalities, 1720-1914 […]

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Finding Philosophaster

It was anatomy that gained Robert Burton fame, but heredity that made him endure. The clergyman (1577-1640) rose to prominence with the 1621 publication of The Anatomy of Melancholy. His treatment of the subject, broad in scope but humorously wrought, ensured Burton’s admiration by fellow authors. Anatomy’s influence did not ensure, however, that Burton’s other […]

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Steber and Knoxville: Summer of 1915

In April 1948 concertgoers at Symphony Hall in Boston listened as Eleanor Steber sang for them of summer evenings: It has become that time of evening when people sit on their porches, rocking gently and talking gently and watching the street… The words are James Agee’s, excerpted from a portrait of his boyhood in Knoxville […]

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Jullien, Jullien, Jullien!

When I used to think of “classical” music performances in the 19th century, I imagined sedate concerts in hushed concert halls as we enjoy today. Then I got a crash course in reality by working in music libraries.