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  1. 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 …

    blogs.unimelb.edu.au/librarycollections/2017/06/23/microtonal-piano-sounds-a-1930s-audio-recording-and-a-unique-score-of-ivan-wyschnegradskys-ainsi-parlait-zarathoustra-in-rare-music

  2. “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” …

    blogs.unimelb.edu.au/librarycollections/2017/05/01/something-with-a-cow-in-it-dairying-in-victorias-western-district-celebrated-in-a-1907-comic-opera

  3. 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 …

    blogs.unimelb.edu.au/librarycollections/2017/03/22/a-lost-eighteenth-century-harp-method-rediscovered-michel-correttes-nouvelle-methode-pour-apprendre-a-jouer-de-la-harpe-1774-a-new-acquisition-for-rare-music

  4. 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 …

    blogs.unimelb.edu.au/librarycollections/2016/12/20/a-not-so-familiar-father-christmas-a-merry-christmas-polka-from-1847

  5. Australian-made piano rolls – a generous donation to Rare Music

    While piano (or pianola) rolls might seem the ultimate in technological obsolescence, rare music was delighted to accept a generous donation of 126 piano rolls (just …

    blogs.unimelb.edu.au/librarycollections/2016/11/15/australian-made-piano-rolls-a-generous-donation-to-rare-music

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