Welcome back to #OberlinWayBackWednesdays, our weekly series highlighting the awesomeness that is the Conservatory Special Collections.
This week, one of the most important jazz albums of all time, recorded right in here in Oberlin!
Dave Brubeck’s Jazz at Oberlin was a live album recorded by the Dave Brubeck Quartet in Finney Chapel at Oberlin College in March 1953.
Not only is the album considered one of the best early recordings of Dave Brubeck, but the album was instrumental in helping jazz become acceptable music to perform in concert halls.
Wendell Logan, founder of the Oberlin Jazz Studies program said, “The trend of going to a jazz concert [at Oberlin] simply to listen was a novel idea, and the Brubeck concert was a major factor in starting that trend.”
We know this is a big time in your lives. You’ll be feeling all the emotions!
We all know you’re super excited…
We all know you’re super nervous.
We all know you’ll be super awkward.
We know that this week, you won’t get enough sleep.
We know that you won’t understand a lot of what’s said in the various panels and meetings.
And we know that you will be generally overwhelmed.
But one thing that we want YOU to know is that WE ARE HERE FOR YOU! If you have any questions or need any help, JUST ASK!
Remember to take a deep breath and enjoy this wonderful time of your life. Congratulations on the beginning of your new journey!
P.S. This is what all the orchestra concerts are like.
We’re back with another entry in #OberlinWaybackWednesdays, a series highlighting items from the Oberlin Conservatory Special Collections.
Here we have two copies of the December 15, 1945 issue of DownBeat, one of the nation’s premiere jazz magazines. Notice a difference between the two?
The slimmed-down edition on the right was made specifically to distribute free of charge throughout the United States armed forces as a way for the publication to contribute to post-World War II cause. The conservatory owns a number of these “army editions” and they are quite rare! The bottom picture gives us a look inside the magazine.
These copies of Downbeat are part of the Neumann collection, alongside around 100,000 recordings in a various formats, 2,000 books on jazz, periodicals, film posters, autographs, artifacts, and concert programs, among other objects. Special thanks to Jeremy Smith, curator of the Special Collections, for giving us a look inside the vault!
And we’re back with another installment of #OberlinWaybackWednesday featuring items from the Conservatory Special Collections!
This week, a wall signed by Igor Stravinsky!
Igor Stravinsky visited Oberlin in 1963 in conjunction with the Conservatory’s 13th Festival of Contemporary Music. In his short residency, Stravinsky gave a masterclass and was given a concert in his honor. He was so impressed with the quality of student performances that he signed a piece of an orchestra practice room in Warner Hall. Upon Warner’s demolition, the piece of the wall was saved. It reads:
“March 19, 1963, Oberlin, Ohio: I heard here a good performance of my Septet by the young musicians of the school. Thank you. I Stravinsky.”
The first entry in our new series, #OberlinWaybackWednesday, where we take a look into the vault of the special collections at the Oberlin Conservatory!
Heinrich Glarean (Mollis, Switzerland, 1488-1563) was a poet, theologian, mathematician and, most importantly for us, a music theorist. In this text, Dōdekachordon, Glarean theorized the modes as we know them today. Most significantly, Glarean coined the terms “Ioanian” and “Aeolian” or as we commonly know them, the major and minor diatonic modes.
The Dōdekachordon came to Oberlin as part of the Frederic R. Selch Collection. Also included in the collection are 800 instruments and 6-7,ooo rare books and scores.
Check back next week to see what musical treasures we dig up next!
Awesome. Simply awesome. So glad we’re a part of this.
2014 grads Shea Pierre, Dan Pappalardo, and Miles Labat performed a jazz set for alumni at Nancy & Mark Gross ‘79’s home on Saturday night!