Claude V. Palisca Bequeathment
The Queens College Music Library recently received $386,000 from the estate of Claude V. Palisca upon the death of his wife, Elizabeth Keitel. Palisca (1921-2001) earned his bachelor's degree in music from Queens College in 1943 before earning his master's and Ph.D. in musicology from Harvard in 1948 and 1954. Widely recognized as a leading authority on Italian music of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, his monograph on Baroque music (originally published in 1968 and now in its third edition, 1991), remains a standard textbook on Baroque music. The translation of Zarlino's Istitutioni harmoniche (1558) by Guy A. Marco and Palisca remains the most widely used translation of one of the most important treatises on music theory. This generous bequest will facilitate the creation of an endowment to fund acquisitions for the Music Library and will fund minor renovations to the circulation desk.
Many bound periodicals have been moved to storage to make space for the expansion of our reference collection. Please check the CUNY Catalog to see where any periodicals you may need are located. If you need a journal that is in store, please let us know 24 hours in advance so we can ensure it is available for you when you need it.
During the semester, the periodicals that remain in open stacks and the reference section will be rearranged to maximize space and allow for new additions (thanks to the Palisca donation!). We appreciate your patience, and, if you cannot find something, please let us know!
About the Music Library
Supported by both the Aaron Copland School of Music and the Queens College Libraries, the Queens College Music Library has evolved into a first-class research facility and is the largest music collection in the CUNY system. The Music Library is located on two levels in the School of Music building and contains over 35,000 scores, 30,000 books and 20,000 sound recordings. The reference collection, including complete works of composers and monuments of music, is one of the best in the New York City area. Special Collections, in the Benjamin Rosenthal Library, holds the Karol Rathaus Archives and the K. Robert Schwarz Papers.