Vox Humana Posted July 5, 2011 Share Posted July 5, 2011 I don't know whether to laugh or cry. The city where I live is big enough for the central library to have a separate music department. When I first came here, over a quarter of a century ago, there were two or three shelves of organ music. Many years ago now I stumbled across the staff moving a good deal of it out of sight, down to the stacks. "We just don't have the space to display everything," was the excuse. It's true space is at a premium, but I was left thinking it has just as much to do with priorities. A few months ago there was an internal reorganisation of the whole library and, as a result, the organ music section disappeared from the display shelves entirely. Today when I went in I noticed they were having a grand sale of surplus books and, yes, it didn't take long to find quite a bit of organ music there too, all going at £1.50 an item. I came away with as much as I could carry. It's good stuff too: symphonies by Vierne, Widor and Guilmant, two OUP volumes of Percy Whitlock and one of Mathias, a couple of volumes of Frescobaldi and more. Hell, I even bought two volumes of Reger! Most of it is unmarked and little borrowed, while some of it is in absolutely mint condition with no sign that borrowing slips have ever been attached. I guess when libraries are pushed for space in the lending department you can't blame them for getting rid of items which attract little interest, but I can't help feeling it's a sad state of affairs. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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