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  1. Louise Hanson-Dyer’s Literary Ventures

      As learning has become universal so culture has become rare … thus sensitive beauty calls us to pause and be refreshed… writes Louise Dyer in …


  2. Microtonal piano sounds: a 1930s audio recording and a unique score of Ivan Wyschnegradsky’s Ainsi parlait Zarathoustra in Rare Music

    Percy Grainger’s interest in microtones—notes closer together than the semi- (or half-) tone that is standard in western “classical” music—is well known. In order to realise …


  3. “Something with a cow in it”: Dairying in Victoria’s Western District celebrated in a 1907 comic opera.

    In 1914, when playwright Louis Esson exhorted his fellow playwrights to write “authentic” Australian plays, he used the throwaway line “something with a cow in it” …


  4. A lost eighteenth-century harp method rediscovered, Michel Corrette’s Nouvelle méthode pour apprendre à jouer de la harpe (1774): A new acquisition for Rare Music

    Published in Paris in 1774, Michel Corrette’s Nouvelle méthode pour apprendre à jouer de la harpe [New method for learning to play the harp] is an …


  5. A not-so-familiar Father Christmas: A Merry Christmas Polka from 1847

    Looking at Christmas music in the Rare Music collection from Victorian-era Britain, I was surprised to see an unfamiliar Father Christmas-figure—a grinning giant—at the head of …


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