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Music blog

From classical and pop to world and traditional music

Introduction

We have over 100,000 pieces of manuscript music, 1.6 million items of printed music and about 2 million music recordings! This blog is written by our team of music curators and features news and information about the British Library's rich collections of music and sound recordings. Read more

27 January 2016

PhD placement in music at the British Library

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Applications now open

The British Library is running a series of 3-month (or PT equivalent) PhD Placements, hosted by our specialist curatorial teams and other Library experts. Of the 17 placements currently on offer, this one will be of particular interest to PhD students in musicology:

European print culture in the 16th and 17th centuries

Working with specialist curators in the Music department of the British Library, this 3-month PhD placement offers an exciting opportunity to: use your existing research skills in the identification and description of 16th and 17th century music; gain practical experience of cataloguing early printed editions; and engage with music scholars working in this field.

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Details about the scheme and application guidelines:

http://www.bl.uk/aboutus/highered/phd-placement-scheme

Application deadline: 19 February 2016

Open to all doctoral students (as long as they have the support of their supervisor or graduate tutor) the placement scheme includes a dedicated work plan, plus full supervision and training. All placement students are allocated their own desk and/or workspace, and are fully integrated into the working environment of the team/department in which they are based.

Placements will be held between June 2016 – May 2017. Exact start dates to be agreed with successful candidates.

Contact Research.Development@bl.uk for all queries or to be added to our mailing list.

 

27 October 2015

Curatorial vacancy in the Music Collections

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We recently advertised details of a vacancy that has arisen in the British Library’s music department. The post will have a particular focus for exploring digital opportunities with music materials, but will also involve working with the Library’s rich heritage music collections in manuscript and print format. The post will require a mix of musicological and professional library-based skills and experience, as well as technical knowledge relevant to digital humanities in the field of music. The closing date is 1 November, and interviews are scheduled for 16 November in London. For further details please see the Vacancies section of the Library’s website: http://www.bl.uk/.

26 October 2015

West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song

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The album cover for Fela Kuti’s ‘Sorrow Tears and Blood’, artwork courtesy of Lemi Ghariokwu, 1977
The album cover for Fela Kuti’s ‘Sorrow Tears and Blood’, artwork courtesy of Lemi Ghariokwu, 1977

The British Library's major autumn exhibition, West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song, is now open to the public. It's an exciting show that brings to life, in full colour and sound, the intellectual traditions of literature, music and art from across 17 countries, referencing 1000 years of history right up to the present day, from this dynamic and hugely inspirational region of the world. 

Go to my piece on the British Library's Sound & Vision blog where, in honour of the 10th anniversary of the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, are a few audio tracks from the exhibition for you to listen to.

 

Find out more about the work of the British Libary's Sound Archive and our new Save our Sounds programme

Follow the British Library Sound Archive on Twitter via @soundarchive and tag with #SaveOurSounds

Follow the British Library's World and Traditional Music activities on Twitter via @BL_WorldTrad