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CYM Library and Covid-19: Updated 11/8/20

CYM Library staff are now working from home.  Email is our sole means of communication at present and any emails received are dealt with daily.  Please do not leave messages on the CYM Library answerphone as it is not working.  Hornsey Library, where we have our office, is closed and is unlikely to reopen until sometime in August.  We cannot receive music, so please do not send any music back to us for the moment.  We are still accepting reservations and we are able to send music out - our full catalogue is on our website.  We will be in touch as soon as we have any further information.  We send good wishes to all choirs and orchestras/bands and trust you all keep well.  Peter and Ceri.

UK Government Covid-19 quarantine guidelines for printed materials

The safety of our customers and staff is of prime importance.  CYM Library is fully compliant with the government's Covid-19 quarantine guidelines regarding the return of printed materials - this includes music.

"Public Health England has advised that the virus risks on plastic book covers will be negligible after 72 hours, and on paper and card after 24 hours.  Libraries will therefore institute a 72-hour quarantine period for returned books." (Libraries Connected: Library Service Recovery Toolkit.  29/6/20)

Louis Vierne: Messe Solennelle in C sharp minor, Op.16

One of our most popular works at CYM Library is the Messe Solennelle written in 1899 by Louis Vierne.  The work does not include the Credo, thus formally making it a Missa Brevis. It was originally written for choir and two organs and at the premiere in 1901, the organs were played by Widor and the composer. (It was later adapted for a single organ for practical purposes)  This year marks the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth.  Louis Victor Jules Vierne was born in Poitiers, France in 1870.  He was blind at birth, but some of his sight was partially restored by the time he was six. The family moved to Paris when he was ten. There he later studied harmony with Cesar Frank and began organ lessons. He became Widor's assistant at the Paris Conservatoire and continued in that role under Widor's successor Guilmant. He was a fine organist, but suffered very badly with stage fright!  Vierne suffered a fatal heart attack during a recital at Notre Dame in 1937.  Despite mostly being remembered for his large output of organ works, Vierne's Messe Solennelle is one of the highlights of the late Romantic organ masses. (CYM Library have copies for hire of this work)