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BIOGRAPHY
The singular, compelling artistry of pianist Thomas Labé has been embraced by audiences and critics alike the world over. His 1987 debut at New York's Carnegie Hall (as First Prize winner of the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition) was singled out by The New York Times as "the most interesting among the week's debutantes."

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RECORDINGS
Thomas Labé's growing list of commercially released recordings has garnered exceptional praise in the international press including a "Best of the Year" citation for his debut recording, The Virtuoso Johann Strauss (1992). Click on any of the links below for complete information.

The Virtuoso Johann Strauss (1992)

Transcendental Bach (1994)

Liszt: Works for Violin and Piano (1997)

Howard Hanson: Works for Piano (2000)

Dedication: Music of Robert Schumann (2008)

Visions of Bach (2000) - compilation

Nostalgie: Original German Cast Recording (1992)
VIDEOS
Click here for complete information and links to videos by Thomas Labé ranging from perennial favorites like Claude Debussy's "Clair de lune" to a world-premiere recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's monumental Organ Prelude and Fugue in B Minor in a dazzling piano arrangement.

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THE LATEST
Periodic updates on upcoming performances, recordings,and a list of what's currently on the music stand.

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PUBLICATIONS
As a scholar of the piano repertoire, Thomas Labé has examined manuscripts and other source materials for composers ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach to Lionel Barrymore. His first publication as editor-in-chief, a landmark new edition of Robert Schumann's beloved Piano Concerto in A Minor ...

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RESEARCH
A periodically updated list of current research projects.

RESEARCH
READING LIST
Find out what's on the Maestro's most recent recommended reading list, and what's currently on the nightstand.

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SCHOLAR LINKS
A list of reliable and worthwhile links to libraries, archives, composer resources and more.

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  • GENERAL REFERENCE
  • LIBRARIES & ARCHIVES
  • SPECIAL INTEREST
 
The New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians
The finest English language music reference source. Subscription to the online version has the added benefit of a powerful search engine and musical examples (with sound) along with links to other relevant websites.
Worldwide Internet Music Resources
A project of the William and Gayle Cook Music Library at Indiana University School of Music, it is a repository of thousands of music links organized by subject.
International Music Score Library Project
An enormous repository of downloadable scores by thousands of composers now in the public domain, including such treasures as the entire Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe (1851-99). These are scans of older editions now out of copyright. A nice bonus are the myriad transcriptions found beneath original scores.
The Henselt Library at European-American University
A site with over 2,000 rare scores of nineteenth century piano music, primarily solo piano, arranged alphabetically by composer and containing original compositions and transcriptions.
The Lied and Art Songs Text Page
A massive collection of song texts across many genres, cross-indexed by composer, poet, title, first line, language and supported with numerous translations into other languages.
Library Music Source
Claiming 300,000 pages of music comprising 35,000 scores (and including things like the individual parts for orchestral scores) this is a subscription based website designed primarily for schools and libraries but is also available to individuals.
Indiana University Variations Prototype
Prototype is certainly the word here, as not much, if anything, has been added over the past few years. However the quality of the scans is uniformly high and the scores can be viewed in large, scrollable versions. This is a collection of hit or miss online scores now in the public domain (scans of ageing editions), that traverse the orchestral, operatic, choral, chamber, song and piano literature. Nonetheless, you can find treasures such as all the Beethoven symphonies and all the Lieder of Schubert and Schumann at your fingertips.

Choral Public Domain Library
A large collection of choral music now in the public domain available in PDF format. Far from comprehensive, and certainly not representative of the best critical editions available, there are a lot of scores available here for immediate perusal and download.

Free Scores.com
There are some 12,000 scores available here, but navigating through the site to find what you are looking for can be quite a challenge.
The European Librar y
A free service that offers access to the forty-eight national libraries of Europe. You can search by discpline, medium or country. There are also many digitized documents available for online study (such as music manuscripts).
Scor-Ser
An amazing way to search for free musical scores (MIDI files, etc.) across multiple sites. Search by instrument, composer and genre.

Franz Pazdírek: Universal-Handbuch der Musikliteratur
Remarkably this early twentieth century publication is now completely digitized and available for online perusal. It was the first (and only to date) attempt to publish a comprehensive catalog of all music ever published.

Volume 1 Volume 11
Volume 2 Volume 12
Volume 3 Volume 13
Volume 4 Volume 14
Volume 5 Volume 15
Volume 6 Volume 16
Volume 7 Volume 17
Volume 8 Volume 18
Volume 9 Volume 19
Volume 10

 


 

Sibley Music Library at the Eastman School of Music
(Rochester, New York)
The largest music research library in the United States, you can search its catalog online and peruse the growing digital library of music scores.

Hill Museum and Manuscript Library
(Collegeville, Minnesota)
The world's largest collection of manuscript images (along with printed books and works of art). The HMML currently houses over 100,000 manuscripts in microfilm or digital form.
Digital Scriptorium
Over 5,000 searchable images from medieval and renaissance manuscripts from numerous libraries and archives.
 
Internet Archive
You never know what you'll find here. How about all 50 volumes of the Analecta Hymnica medii aevi for starters?
 
Bach Bibliography
Begun in 1977, this site now references over 26,000 items pertaining to the life and music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Continually updated and searchable, it is one of the most remarkable sites on the internet for music scholarship.
Beethoven-Haus
The house in Bonn, Germany where Ludwig Van Beethoven was born now sports a webcam in the garden behind the house. Don't miss the interactive tour through the house.
The Beethoven Gateway
Formerly the Beethoven Bibliography Database, this gateway provides information an access to a wide variety of bibliographic materials and other digital resources online pertaining to Ludwig van Beethoven.
Chopin Early Editions
A project of the University of Chicago Library, this site offers digitized versions of all of the early editions of Chopin's music. You can browse the scores by genres, titles, or through a search feature. As so many of Chopin's compositions survive in multiple manuscripts (rife with variants and discrepancies) no "definitive" score can ever really be realized, making this site all the more valuable (and interesting) in the study and performance of Chopin's music.
Franz Liszt Musikalische Werke
The "complete" works of Franz Liszt as published by Breitkopf & Härtel between 1907-1936 now available completely online.
Neue Mozart-Ausgabe
Mozart enjoys the distinction of being the first major composer to have his entire output available for study online (at no cost) in the most recent scholarly edition (the Neue Mozart-Ausgabe, 1961-2000). These are urtext, critical editions and do not contain any piano fingering or other editorial suggestions unless they originate with Mozart himself.
Schubert-Autographe
The largest collection of digitized Schubert music manuscripts, letters and other materials (such as diaries, etc.) available anywhere.
Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music
A large project intended to preserve images of medieval polyphonic music of European origin. You can browse by country or take advantage of a search option. To view the images you must register and set up a free (at least for now) account.
Thesaurum Musicarum Latinarum
Imagine virtually the entire corpus of Latin music theory transcribed from virtually all known sources is now available at your fingertips. Perhaps not the most tantalizing proposal, yet the fundamental history of music in the western world (and in particular the evolution of its notational and tuning systems) is thoroughly documented here.
 
RECIPES
Cooking is my favorite form of relaxation and has a lot in common with giving a musical performance - both involve preparation and presentation. Click on the links below to view the ever-expanding body of animated recipes.

RECIPES BY COURSE

RECIPES BY CUISINE

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VIDEOS
From artisan pizza to a Chinese feast, the cooking videos are coming soon!

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KITCHEN GALLERY
Enter the gallery for photographs and information on some of my favorite kitchen gear. I'm not one for gadgets and gimmicks but this collection I find indispensable. Coming soon, cooking videos!

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FAVORITE COOKBOOKS
FOOD LINKS
A periodically updated collection of some of my favorite online haunts, from sources for professional ingredients to exotic, special interest or novelty food items.

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HORSE LIFE
Horses came roaring into my life about eight years ago and they're here to stay! Whether charging over a course of fences, hacking around in the open pasture at sunset, or even grabbing a sandwich, a bag of carrots, and having "lunch" with the herd ...

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GALLERY
Enter the gallery for pictures not only of my horse, but two dogs and a cow as well!

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VIDEOS
Videos of my horse in action.

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HORSE LINKS
Here are links to some of my favorite horse sites, for tack, apparel and more.

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