No, Falmouth does not have Beethoven’s portrait mowed into its fields. But, were you stirred by the Beethoven symphony you just heard on the radio (on Cape Cod’s own 107.5 FM WFCC) and you want to hear it again? Are you getting ready to play a string quartet or learn a choral piece and you want an idea of how it should sound? Will you be attending one of the Cape’s wonderful summer chamber music concerts, but you’d like an audio preview of one or all of the pieces being played? Well then, head over to Falmouth Public Library’s collection of over 600 classical music CDs.
Where are the library’s CDs kept? The CDs are located in the library’s classical music CD section, near the books. Each classical CD is identified by a pink round sticker.
How to find a CD at Falmouth Public Library
- Browse the music CD shelves. Every CD in the classical section is identified by a pink sticker along with its call number. Classical music CDs are generally arranged on the shelf by composer.
- Check the online catalog. You can search for a piece of music using any of these approaches: composer, musical genre, conductor, performer, group, and name of the piece.
For instance, you can search for Bach or cellist Yo-Yo Ma or the piece, Kol Nidre, or Symphony 5
- Ask for Help in person at the Reference/Info Desk, by phone (508/457-2555, ext. 6), by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What is the borrowing period for CDs?
- CDs may be borrowed for 14 days. A CD may be renewed if no one has put a hold on it.
Are there other kinds of music CDs at FPL? YES! Here are the CD music categories at Falmouth Public Library: country & western, folk, holiday, international, jazz, opera, popular, R&R, and Stage (movie and tv scores, musicals).
FPL Classical CD trivia:
The most often borrowed Classical CDs at FPL are Beethoven sonatas (Pathetique, Moonlight and Appassionata), Beethoven’s 9 Symphonies, and the Bach Suites for Unaccompanied Cello!
At least 637 Classical CDs have been borrowed in the past year.
Steppin’ out. Want to hear a live performance of Cape Cod chamber music? Here are some options.
MBL Summer Concert featuring Curtis on Tour. This summer’s program includes a new work, “Forged Sanctuaries” composed by Curtis alumnus Jonathan Bailey Holland, written in inspiration of the Cape Cod National Seashore and in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial. The commissioning and touring of this work is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Ticket order form online.
The Meetinghouse Chamber Music Festival brings well-known musicians to Cape Cod to present concerts in intimate settings and always in collaboration with Cape Cod musicians. It presents concerts in Orleans and Cotuit during June and July. Here is their schedule. Purchase tickets at the venue.
The Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival presents four weeks of intensive chamber music programming in a variety of Cape locations in July and August, as well as several concerts throughout the rest of the year. Click here to find their summer concert schedule. Tickets may be purchased online.
The Buzzards Bay Musicfest sponsors concerts July 13th – 17th, 2016. Staged in Marion, MA at Tabor Academy’s Fireman Center, the series opens and closes with orchestral concerts, with two chamber music concerts and a jazz performance held in-between. A highlight of the festival is the Children’s Open Rehearsal, a unique opportunity for young and aspiring musicians. All concerts are free, but donations are welcome.