Archive for the ‘Eastman School’ Category

A new venture offering print copies of selected scores recently digitized by Sibley Music Library is kicking off! Come see the new site at Eastman Scores Publishing.

The sheet music pamphlets are published by the Eastman School of Music and printed and distributed by Library Commerce, an organization formed with grant support from the Rochester Regional Library Council’s Harold Hacker Fund, to help libraries develop ways to earn income from library services that are worthwhile, but impossible to offer without a sustainable revenue source and do not fit standard commercial formats. In this case, the high quality materials and print preparation developed by Sibley for our in-house preservation reformatting are used to make sturdy, beautiful print editions of sheet music pamphlets available for sale.

On this first day there are 100 scores “in stock” for immediate print on demand, mostly string and piano music, with another 150 scores, many of them organ works, to be added during the coming week, once we know the site is up and running without hitches.  New scores will be added as they are edited.

Dan Lopata, the proprietor of Library Commerce, will be happy to take requests from individuals who would like to be able to purchase a quality printed copy of a score they have seen at the Sibley Music Library digital site in the University of Rochester’s UR Research repository. He can be reached with requests at dlopata@eastmanscorespublishing.com and will respond with an estimate of how much the finished score will cost and how soon the editing can be completed. Once a score is edited he anticipates the normal print-on-demand turnaround time to be 48-72 hours.

To begin with we will only be offering music that can be suitably printed and bound in pamphlet format, which means scores with no more than 48 pages (parts are bound, and therefore counted, separately). We will soon be able to offer trimmed, ready-to-bind copies of longer scores, and we are working on adding availability of adhesive bound copies.

But first come check out the site at Eastman Scores Publishing! We’re very excited that it has all come together, and look forward to finding out what people think.


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Selim Palmgren (1878-1951) was a Finnish composer and pianist. After completing his studies in Finland and Germany, Palmgren embarked on a set of successful European concert tours, as both a performer and conductor. After a 1920 American tour, Palmgren was invited to the newly opened Eastman School of Music to replace Christian Sinding as professor of theory and composition (Sinding having departed after only 1 year of teaching). Palmgren taught at Eastman until 1927, after which he returned to subsequent teaching positions in Helsinki. Though a composer of opera, songs, and orchestral works, Palmgren was best recognized as a composer of piano music, contributing 5 concertos, a sonata, preludes, and numerous other pieces to the repertoire.

Not surprisingly, Sibley holds many works by Palmgren, a number of which are up for digitization. Check out Palmgren’s op. 79 compositions for an example of his writing for the piano.

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David Hochstein (1892-1918) is a musician that has posthumously touched the lives of many Rochester, NY musicians.  David was born into a family of Russian immigrants, and was given his first violin on his fifth birthday.  He progressed very quickly and was provided funding for his musical studies by Emily Sibley Watson.  At age 17, Hochstein graduated from high school and continued his violin studies in Vienna and St. Petersburg.  At the age of 22, David was loaned two violins, a Landolphi and a Stradivarius by the philanthropist George Eastman.   In 1917, David Hochstein joined the army.  At the age of 26, this brilliant musician’s life was cut short at the 1918 Battle of Argonne.  The David Hochstein Music School was opened in 1920 in his memory, providing lessons for all music students, no matter their financial means.

Hochstein composed a number of works and arrangements through the publisher Carl Fisher.  You can find his Ballad for Violin and Piano in our digitized collection.  For more biographical information on David Hochstein, you can read An Unfinished Symphony: The Story of David Hochstein by Grace N. Kraut.

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Leonardo De Lorenzo (1875-1962), was an Italian born flutist, and the first flute instructor at the Eastman School of Music. De Lorenzo began playing the flute at a young age, but spent several years in the Italian military before completing his formal education at the conservatory in Naples. In 1910, he came to America as the principal flutist for the New York Philharmonic. He subsequently played with the Minneapolis Symphony and Los Angeles Symphony before landing in Rochester as a member of the Eastman Theatre Orchestra. In 1924, the Eastman School of Music added orchestral instrument programs, and took in De Lorenzo and other ETO members as the first instructors.

After his retirement in 1935, De Lorenzo focused on his own writings and compositions, publishing his book, My Complete Story of the Flute, in 1951.

Download his Six Easy Pieces for flute and piano

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