We’re back with another entry in #ObieWaybackWednesdays, 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 #WaybackWednesday 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, #WaybackWednesday, 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!
The ninth annual Oberlin Chalk Walk is in one week! On Saturday, June 21, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., local and regional professional artists will create detailed chalk drawings throughout downtown Oberlin. A rain date of Sunday, June 22 (also 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.) has been set in case of inclement weather.
Volunteers will be on hand to provide free materials for visitors of all ages to add their own artwork to the sidewalk gallery. Chalk distribution “hubs” will be set up in front of the New Union Center for the Arts, Ben Franklin’s, Hall Auditorium, and the Main Street entrance to the Oberlin Heritage Center.
The Oberlin Chalk Walk is a collaborative event organized by the Allen Memorial Art Museum, the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts (FAVA), Oberlin Business Partnership, Oberlin Heritage Center, and the Oberlin Public Library.
Returning master artists participating in this year’s event include Dan Cherney, Hector Castellanos, Wendy Mahon,Augusto Bordelois,and Robin Van Lear. Local artists who will again be ‘painting’ the Oberlin Public Library Mural include Laura Dahle, Terry Flores, James Peake, Tony Trunzo, David Baker, Jan Drella, and Claudio Orso; other local artists include, Ian Blewitt, Dana Juliano, Beth Wolosz, Cara Romano, Joshua Chrosniak, and others.