New Electronic Resource!

June 22nd, 2013

Art and Architecture in Video provides a collection of documentaries and interviews illustrating the history, theory and practice of art, design and architecture. Find it under the E-resources tab from the Baylor Libraries homepage.


Welcome new Music Librarian, Clayton Crenshaw

January 24th, 2013

Please help us welcome our newest addition to CFAL- Clayton Crenshaw. A Baylor alum, he holds the Master of Music degree (Clarinet Performance) and Bachelor of Music Education from the Baylor School of Music. He also holds the Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Texas. Most recently he has served at the University of North Texas Health Science Center as the Web Services Librarian and Access Services Librarian over the past eight years. Prior to that he was at SMU where he served as the circulation manager for the Bridwell Library and Head of Circulation Services for the Hamon Arts Library. He has experience in music and arts festivals and private teaching.

Celebrate 40 Years at the Met with James Levine

September 23rd, 2012

Feel like starting your week with some opera?

Just in at the CFAL–James Levine: Celebrating 40 Years at the Met

The Met has recently celebrated the fortieth anniversary of James Levine’s debut as conductor at the Met. This box set contains 21 DVDs and 32 CDs featuring performances from Levine’s career. Included in this set are such highlights as:

  • The Ghosts of Versailles: available on DVD for the first time, Levine directed the world premiere of this work at the Met to resounding success
  • Lulu: from the 1980 performance starring Julia Megenes as Lulu
  • Wozzeck: from the 2001 revival of this opera, featuring Falk Struckmann in the title role
  • The Bartered Bride: a live 1978 telecast of the comedy’s return to the Met, starring Teresa Stratas
  • Performances by Renee Fleming, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Leontyne Price, and Marilyn Horne

With 22 performances (including 11 full operas and additional concerts) available through DVD and CD, this collection provides you unparallelled access to the legendary career of Levine, and it’s all right here in the library!

You can find the full list of records right here, or come see us in the Crouch Fine Arts Library, and we can help you find these materials.

A little teaser for you:

(don’t you want to see this in better quality in DVD? come check it out today!)


Welcome new CFAL staff!

July 27th, 2012

The CFALibrary welcomes three new staff members this month:

Ben Johansen, Audio and Digital Projects Coordinator

Alison Larson, Fine Arts Weekend Supervisor

Becky Cahlik, Fine Arts Night Supervisor

for more info, visit the Crouch Staff Page

stolen manuscript and Baylor Libraries

July 7th, 2012

now that I have your attention…

the recent recovery of a previously stolen medieval mss in Spain in the news and the Baylor Libraries have an amazing facsimile of this mss. For the scoop, check out this great post by Baylor librarian Eileen Bentsen.

new additions to Classical Music Library

January 11th, 2012

CML just added another 1,409 albums (35,688 tracks) from the EMI label. There are now over 50,000 tracks of EMI content in the collection.

New content comes from EMI Classics, Angel Records, Capitol Catalog, and more.

Highlights include recordings by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Jussi Bjorling, Victoria De Los Angeles, Itzhak Perlman, Renata Scotto, Mstislav Rostropovich, London Symphony Orchestra, Taverner Choir, Maria Callas, Jon Vickers, Melos Ensemble, Pinchas Zuckerman, Borodin Quartet, Christoph Eschenbach, Elly Ameling, Trio Sonnerie, Alban Berg Quartett, Chung Trio, John Ogdon, and more.

Also included in this release are hundreds of full length operas, including:
*Puccini – Turandot (Maria Callas, Teatro alla Scala)
*Puccini – La Bohème (Mirella Freni, Teatro dell’Opera Di Roma)
*Mozart – Don Giovanni (Joan Sutherland, Philharmonia Orchestra)
*Puccini – Tosca (Placido Domingo, Philharmonia Orchestra)
*Mozart – Così fan tutte (Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Philharmonia Orchestra)
*R. Strauss – Elektra (Eva Marton, des Bayerischen Rundfunks)
*Donizetti – Don Pasquale (Beverly Sills, Ambrosian Opera)
*Gounod – Faust (Thomas Allen, National Opera of Paris)
*Bellini – Norma (Maria Callas, Teatro alla Scala)
*Massenet – Manon (Roberto Alagna, La Monnaie)
…and many more.

Other new albums include:
*Walton conducts Walton: Symphony No. 1, Belshazzar’s Feast
*Bela Bartók: Mikrokosmos Books 1-6
*Ireland: Piano Concerto and solo piano works
*Mendelssohn: Elias
*Penderecki: Orchestral Works
*Joyne Hands – English Renaissance Music
*Barry Tuckwell: Horn Concertos
*Simon Rattle Edition: Britten
*Karlheinz Stockhausen: Spiral 1 & Japan
*20th Century Classics: Arvo Pärt

Altogether, CML now includes 134,381 tracks

Music Online, the umbrella interface for all the Alexander Street Press music resources (available to Baylor folks) now includes:
764,751 tracks
100,030 pages text reference
24,977 scores (417,083 pages)
889 hours of video

get busy listening! :-)

Music Treasures Consortium Web Site Launched

February 7th, 2011


The Music Treasures Consortium proudly announces a new Web site giving access to some of the world’s most valued music manuscript and print materials, available at
The site is the creation of several renowned music libraries and archives in the United States and the United Kingdom. The consortium members include the British Library, the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library at Harvard University, the Juilliard School Lila Acheson Wallace Library, the Library of Congress, the Morgan Library and Museum, and the New York Public Library. The site is hosted by the Library of Congress on its Performing Arts Encyclopedia ( ). The aim of the site is to further music scholarship and research by providing access in one place to digital images of primary sources for performance and study of music.

The items digitized include manuscript scores and first and early editions of a work. Seminal composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Richard Wagner, Claude Debussy, Georges Bizet, Arnold Schoenberg, and Igor Stravinsky, among others, are represented on the site through their original handwritten manuscripts and first editions. The online items range from the 16th century to the 20th century in this initial launch. Researchers can search or browse materials, access bibliographic information about each item, and view digital images of the treasure via each custodial archive’s Web site. The site will continue to grow as consortium members add more items.

Initial planning for the consortium was funded by Bruce Kovner. The MTC Advisory Board includes Christoph Wolff, Jeffrey Kallberg, Philip Gossett, and Laurent Pugin.

Music Treasures Consortium Members:

The British Library
Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
The Juilliard School Lila Acheson Wallace Library
The Library of Congress (host)
The Morgan Library and Museum
The New York Public Library

Karen C. Lund
Digital Project Coordinator
Library of Congress

It’s Showtime! Sheet Music from Stage and Screen

February 7th, 2011

New Web Presentation: It’s Showtime! Sheet Music from Stage and Screen

The Music Division of the Library of Congress announces the launch of a new Web presentation entitled It’s Showtime! Sheet Music from Stage and Screen, available at on the Library’s Performing Arts Encyclopedia ( The site contains a database of sheet music for over 18,000 shows and productions dating from the 1690s to the present, listing more than 67,000 songs. The entries are drawn from the Library’s vast holdings of sheet music for dramatic music of all kinds, including operas, musicals and musical revues, and film music. Most of the sheet music contained here is for voice and piano; a significant minority is instrumental. These pieces come from all over the world and cover every conceivable topic, portraying the culture and history of their time and place in unique and valuable ways.

Included in this database are hits and flops by famous Tin Pan Alley songwriters, as well as manuscript and published materials from amateur composers. Rare and special items include early operas; music published in newspapers; lead sheets and other unpublished formats of stage and film music; college and civic productions; and shows produced in Europe between the two World Wars. This dynamic form is still popular in the 21st century, and additions will be made to the Web site as relevant sheet music is acquired by the Library.

The Performing Arts Encyclopedia (PAE) is a guide to performing arts resources at the Library of Congress, providing information about the Library’s unsurpassed collections of scores, sheet music, audio recordings, films, photographs, and other materials. Users can find digitized items from the collections; special Web presentations on topics and collections; articles and biographical essays; finding aids to collections; databases for performing arts resources; information on concerts at the Library; and a special Performing Arts Resource Guide which contains entries for hundreds of Library collections, Web sites, databases and exhibits.

Karen C. Lund
Digital Project Coordinator
Library of Congress

Want to know what’s coming into the library?

January 31st, 2011

For a quick video tutorial on keeping up with new arrivals and how to customize what you see, check out:

Expanding the Classroom and Enhancing the Learning Experience

January 31st, 2011

The Baylor Libraries provide many exciting opportunities to bring together students, faculty, and an amazing array of rare and special collections. The Crouch Fine Arts Library is partnering with a number of instructors and courses this Fall to give students a unique hands-on learning experience with treasures from the library. This month features the convergence of art students from five different courses taught by Professors Virginia Green, Susan Dunkerley Maguire, and Susan Mullally.

Bill Stewart of Vamp and Tramp Booksellers

These professors and their students will meet in the library to explore the library’s collection of artist books. These sessions will be enhanced through guest lecturers Bill and Vicky Stewart, experts and dealers in the field, who will talk about the history of and current trends in book arts.

Dr. Karen Pope, Baylor University Art Department

Art professor Karen Pope enriches the experience of her students as they study the influence of the arts of Japan on the West by examining firsthand, the rich and historical 19th Century journal Le Japon artistique.

Dr. Jann Cosart, Baylor University School of Music

Each Fall the library and music professor Jann Cosart bring together students of medieval music to explore the Jennings Collection of Medieval Music Manuscripts. Here the students come face to face with handwritten documents from as early as the 11th Century.

Throughout their college experience, students learn about significant ideas and the documents or methods that have served to convey them. The Libraries of Baylor University are uniquely positioned to provide distinctive encounters between people and ideas — ideas conveyed through rare and amazing treasures.