Exhibit: Learning to Perform
The exhibit includes examples of materials from the 17th-21st centuries selected from the Claremont Colleges Library Special Collections used by musicians to create historically and culturally informed performances. Located outside the Special Collections Reading Room at the North Entrance.
Learning to perform music using the technology and performance conventions of the time when the music was composed requires finding the sources from that era to create historically informed performances. The exhibit will feature resources from the 17th-21st centuries including: guides to interpret musical notation (Baroque figured bass, shape-note singing, and Shaker letteral notation); period method books for learning instruments (violin, Grand Harmonicon "musical glasses", and Chinese Qin); directions from an early 17th-century keyboard virtuoso on how to perform his music; textbooks and music dictionaries used in late 17th and 18th century; examples of the earliest transcriptions of spirituals and music from the California Maidu Indians; scores with performer's annotations offering insights into premieres of stage works ("Porgy and Bess" and Richard Strauss' "Elektra") and the journal continuing to be published as an open access resource by Claremont Graduate University devoted to music performance practice.