|French composer Hector Berlioz, one of the leading
figures in French Romantic music, was born 200 years ago this
month. Berlioz's orchestral skills - though not wholly appreciated
by his contemporaries in France - earned him international acclaim
and were an influence on other composers, such as Franz
The extensive Berlioz Hopkinson Collection at the National Library of Scotland also has an international reputation, principally for its significant number of first and rare editions and proof copies of Berlioz's music. Editions of his memoirs and critical works also feature, along with letters, photographs, and other associated items.
A small selection of music and documents from our collection will be on temporary display at the Library from 17 December. Also marking the anniversary is a talk by a distinguished Berlioz scholar, Hugh Macdonald of Washington University in St Louis.
11 December 2003
Library's website is highly recommended to schools
A 'highly recommended' rating for a 'superb listing of online resources' has been given to the National Library of Scotland's website by a major educational resources evaluator.
Schoolzone is contracted by the Department for Education and Skills to evaluate digital learning resources for the Government's Curriculum Online project. Evaluations are carried out by independent subject specialists from a panel of 400 teachers, based on classroom use over several weeks. The assessor's detailed report on the resource's educational value is then made available online to Schoolzone's 80,000 registered users and also mailed out to every UK school. Highly recommended websites are those which are of special educational merit, but may not be directly relevant to the UK national curriculum.
Of the Library's site, Schoolzone says: 'The digital library alone is a day's browsing: Churchill, Scottish history, images of war - all manner of fantastic images, documents and other materials.' Both our 'Churchill' and 'Experiences of War' features provide material that ties in particularly with school studies in Scotland.
11 December 2003
Saltire Literary Awards 2003
At a ceremony held at the National Library of Scotland last week, the Saltire Society announced the winners of a new literary award. Novelist Robin Jenkins and poet Edwin Morgan jointly share the Saltire Society/Scottish Arts Council Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature, which was presented on 28 November by Frank McAveety MSP, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport. (Liz Lochhead accepted on behalf of Edwin Morgan.)
The society has been recognising and rewarding outstanding Scottish literary talent since 1982, and its book of the year award has gained respect from both writers and publishers. This year's winning titles are:
- Scottish Book of the Year
Joseph Knight by James Robertson
- Saltire Society/Royal Mail Group First Book of the
Aith-Aithne by Martainn Mac an t-Saoir
- Saltire Society/National Library of Scotland Research
Book of the Year
The Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection, edited by Patrick Shuldham-Shaw, Emily B Lyle and Katherine Campbell
Established in 1998, the Research Book of the Year Award - which was presented by the National Librarian, Martyn Wade - is given for 'a significant body of research which offers new insight or dimension to a subject, and shows knowledge and understanding of Scotland and the Scots'. Commended in that category this year was The Jacobites and Russia 1715-1750 by Rebecca Wills.
5 December 2003