This week’s new arrivals bring some highlights, including new string music from popular Japanese (not) deaf (not) composer Mamoru Samuragochi* and performances of Britten cello pieces by the illustrious Zuill Bailey, pictured below:
Mamoru Samuragochi: Chaconne- Works for Strings – CD 10237
Zuill Bailey: Benjamin Britten Cello Symphony, Cello Sonata – CD 10238
Allume – CD 10239
Ross Bauer: Heartstrings – CD 10240
Noel Coward Rediscovered – M1507 .C78 N64 2001
Sam Raphling: Concerto No. 1 – M1011 .R25 no.1
The Jerry Herman Songbook – M1507 .H536 M95 1994
*more on that darkly funny revelation here!
Usually we don’t advertise senior recitals here, but this one is being performed by music library regular, enthusiast and alum Robert Sheehan!
Titled “Explorations of a Modern Countertenor,” Robert’s recital will explore pieces by Vivaldi, Bach, Schubert, Ives, and more! That variety alone is exciting.
Bucolic and studly
Robert will also be performing music by a fellow AU student, junior Evan Oliver (a great guy and talented musician). Overall this promises to be a varied and engaging recital.
It’s going down on Sunday (March 2nd) at 2 pm in Katzen. Like all senior recitals, admission is free! Nurse those Sunday blues and come support a Music Library family member!
The event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/482670498522712/
If you’ve ever visited the Music Library (we hope so), you’ve probably noticed our fat stacks of Billboard magazines. These are magazines devoted to keeping up with the mainstream music industry, as measured by radio charts and articles about high-powered musicians and executives.
Now, we’ve begun a subscription to a music mag of an entirely different sort: The Wire. This UK-based magazine is devoted to music that flies more under the radar- experimental music in many genres.
Evolution of The Wire
The Wire began in the early 1980s as a publication devoted to the jazz world. As it grew in fame and influence, it began to branch out into the worlds of hip hop, electronic music, folk, and even rock (albeit the experimental fringes of these genres).
This month’s cover features electronic artist Actress, as well as stories about instrument builder Ellen Fullman, saxophonist Steve Lacy, ambient musician William Basinski, and outsider folkie Jandek (who The Wire seems to love quite a bit). Come check it out, and come back every month for more challenging and exciting music insight, courtesy of The Wire and your very own Music Library!
DISCLAIMER: My boss told me to write about this. I swear I’m not just being a goofy college slacker (well, maybe a little).
So this is what it is. Early Netherlandish master painter Hieronymus Bosch is best known for one overwhelming work: his epic triptych “The Garden of Earthly Delights.” This painting, created circa 1490-1510, is believed to be a depiction of the progression of mankind from purity to damnation. The first panel shows Adam and Eve being introduced by God himself in Eden. The second panel is the largest and most insane, depicting Eden transformed into a garden of earthly delights, in which scores of naked humans gallivant around with deranged hedonism, mating with each other, animals, and plants, and beginning to morph into actual animals and plants as well.
But the third panel, possibly even more disturbing, is where the “Butt Song” comes from. This panel depicts Hell, full of demons torturing humans in various ways while the skies overhead are filled with black smoke. Interestingly, most of hell’s torture methods involve musical instruments! And in the middle-left of the photo, partially buried beneath a large harp/lute sort of thing, is a person’s rear end with a musical score written on it!
And now, a fellow goofy college slacker (Amelia at Oklahoma Christian U) has taken this score and transcribed it. This has been making its rounds of the internet, but just in case you haven’t seen it, the Music Library Blog is here to link it to you. It’s quite strange and random. Do these notes contain a hidden meaning in their melody? Or was Bosch simply drawing random black dots on lines on the butt? Either way, the butt song from Hell can be heard here: http://chaoscontrolled123.tumblr.com/post/76305632587/luke-and-i-were-looking-at-hieronymus-boschs
Sin not, dear readers, lest your bottom become a musical score!
How’s it going, readers? Feeling inspired by our super-awesome pop-up music library? Looking for an awesome AU musical event to feed your need! Well you’re in luck! Our AU Symphony Orchestra will be performing twice this weekend, once on Saturday night and once on Sunday afternoon.
Conducted by DPA professor Yaniv Dinur, the orchestra will be playing three pieces, each one promising to be exciting in its own right. The first is Rautavaara’s Cantus Arcticus, a concerto combining traditional classical orchestration with field recordings of birdsong from northern Finland and the Arctic Circle. Following this will come Lutoslawski’s Preludes and Fugue, which the event page calls “rough and capricious”- oh, baby.
And last but certainly not least, the orchestra will perform Beethoven’s mighty 5th Symphony. DUN DUN DUN DUNNNN. But seriously, other than the classic 4-note motif, this symphony contains about as much agony and ecstasy of musical perfection as any other piece of classical music (or any genre). Sure to be a breathtaking set-closer.
There will be two performances in the Abramson Recital Hall, one on Saturday at 8 PM and one on Sunday at 3 PM. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for AU community members and seniors. RSVPs are required, so don’t forget! It’s going to be an awesome experience!
Hey everyone! This is just a quick post letting y’all know about our super-cool pop-up music library event. It’s happening tomorrow from 3-5 right smack in the middle of the main library!
Our mission for this event is to spread awareness of, well, us. We’re coming armed with hundreds of great CDs, our favorites from genres including pop, rock, jazz, R&B, rap, classical, folk and world music. We’ll even have some musicals!
Up to now, we have served mostly music students, who make use of our thousands of scores for practice and for their classes. However, we want to branch out to the whole student community! We hope that library-bound students will see our “fat stacks” of CDs and begin to use our collection as an opportunity to build their tastes and learn more about music.
Come by and say hey! There will be cool, friendly music library employees manning the desk, right in front of the globe on the library’s main floor. There will be hundreds of awesome CDs. There may even be snacks! (Not a guarantee). Get to know us!
Sup, AU folks? Looking for a Valentine’s weekend activity? Did you catch yesterday’s post about the Concerto Competition? Problem solved!
Unless, of course, you prefer theater. In which case, there’s an entirely different option for you this weekend, which is the topic of today’s post: Four showings of the classic Ben Jonson comedy The Alchemist, directed by the DPA’s own professor Karl Kippola are happening this weekend at the Greenberg Theatre!
The Alchemist was first performed in 1610 by the King’s Men (a troupe which Bill Shakespeare was a member of). A satire of the folly of those with high ego and low ambition (who would hope to be able to turn lead to gold, or get something for nothing), its message still rings true today.
Musical accompaniment for this performance (composed by Handel for the original comedy) will be provided by AU’s Chamber Orchestra, conducted by DPA professor Yaniv Dinur. There will be three 8 PM performances (Thursday the 13th, Valentines’ Eve and Saturday the 15th) and one matinee show on the 15th at 2 pm. The matinee show will be followed by a discussion by two AU professors on the history of alchemy and society!
Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for AU community members and seniors- a great deal for what looks like a funny, entertaining and intriguing night of comedy!