New CDs!!

New CDs of various genres have arrived to the library for your enjoyment! Stop by and check them out!

Michael Jackson – Invincible – CD 10532

Michael Jackson – Bad – CD 10534

Michael Jackson – Off The Wall – CD 10536

Michael Jackson – Dangerous – CD 10538

Michael Jackson – History, Past, Present and Future – CD 10533

The Andrews Sisters – 20th Century Masters – CD 10530

The Andrews Sisters – The Vest Best Of – CD 10531

Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes – If You Don’t Know Me By Now – CD 10529

The Mills Brothers – Their Original & Greatest Hits – CD 10540

The Mills Brothers -20th Century Masters – CD 10524

Eddie Fisher – Greatest Hits – CD 10539

Elmore James Jr. and the Broomdusters – Baby Please Set A Date – CD 10522

Al Cook – Mississippi 1930 – CD 10527

School of Rock, The Musical – Original Cast Recording – CD 10519

Freddy King – Let The Good Times Roll – CD 10523

Magic Slim & The Teardrops – Don’t Tell Me About Your Troubles – CD 10528

Be More Chill – Original Cast Recording – CD 10518


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Hidden Gems! Facsimiles of Composer’s Manuscripts

The music library is very lucky to house a collection of facsimiles of composer’s work which are absolutely fascinating. They give you big picture ideas of how the composer worked and their process, but they also give you fun facts, like the type of pens/pencils used, or how the composer signed their names or wrote treble clefs. Most of them have commentary by musicologists. I took a few photos to highlight our collection, but come by the library to check out these incredible pieces of work!

Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier BWV 846-869 

The autograph score contains later revisions and alterations reflecting the composer at work. Christoph Wolff provides a commentary to the work’s genesis and the characteristics of Bach’s handwriting.



Dvorak’s Cello Concerto op 104 pg 45

This Facsimile contains not only the complete manuscript of the full score, but also Dvorák’s own piano reduction which is an important source. Jan Smaczny also comments on the history of the work’s composition and its reception. He also points out particularly interesting parts in the manuscript and discusses performance traditions which developed during the 20th century.


Debussy’s Prelude l’apres midi d’un faune

This is a sketch before it was completely orchestrated into the final version.


Here are some other examples of what we own!

Frederic Chopin’s etude op 10, no 3


Brahms’s symphony N3 op 90


Beethoven’s Piano Sonata op 109




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New CDs & Scores

New scores and cds are now available!


Lightnin’ Slim – Rooster Blues – CD 10514

Nissim Schaul – Flying Forms –  CD 10516

Stanislao Marco Spina – Baroque Marimba – CD 10499

Off Broadway Cast – Daddy Long Legs – CD 10517

Off Broadway Cast – Pageant – CD 10474

Cast Recording – Lady, Be Good – CD 10509 

Cast Recording – Clinton The Musical – CD 10510

Willie Dixon – I Am The Blues – CD 10511

Robert Johnson – King of the Delta Blues Singers – CD 10512

Elmore James – Shake Your Money Maker – CD 10513


Keiko Abe – Michi (for Marimba) – M175.X6 A23 2001

Walter Piston – Quintet for Wind Instruments – M557 .P57 1957

J.S. Bach – Trio Sonata For Two Flutes (Violins) And Continuo, In G Major BWV 1039 – M317 .B117 BWV 1039 1980

Leonard Bernstein – Fanfare for Bima: Brass Ensemble – M457.4.B47 F36 2002

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Concert tonight! “The Music of Morton Subotnick”


A great concert will take place today in the AU Museum in Katzen at 7:30 and we highly recommend going to it. It will feature the music of Morton Subotnick, one of the pioneers of electronic music and collaborators to develop the first synthesizer, and Lillevan, a film maker from Germany. It will be a multi media experience, video and sound, with two world renown artists! The great violinist and pianist, Lina Bahn and Jenny Lin, have been enlisted to play some of the new music along with the composer and filmmaker themselves. I had the opportunity to meet both of them yesterday and I can’t say enough of how exciting and lucky we are to host this group of people!


The event is free and open to the public with parking in the basement of Katzen. Bring your friends and acquaintances for a good night of stimulating art!


For more Information:

Facebook Event Page

Morton’s bio

Lillevan’s Bio


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Hidden Gems! “Source: music of the avant garde”

(All photos from “Source: music of the avant garde”)

This is our first installment of an exciting new blog series where we will be selecting and featuring the most unique items we hold in the music library! Get ready for a mix of some moderately bizarre avant garde pieces along with the hidden gems that not too many people know about!

This weeks edition “Source: music of the avant garde”

We have EVERY issue of this magazine, 11 to be exact, that were released during the 60s and early 70s by teachers and students highlighting a lot of the experimental music and early sound art that was occurring at the time. Each issue was printed only 2000 times so we are one of the few libraries lucky enough to hold the entire collection. Influential composers like John Cage, Steve Reich and Phillip Glass are just examples of the many people featured in this magazine.


img_4043.jpg                Steve Reich and “Phil” Glass performing Reich’s “Four Log Drums”

To give an idea of how experimental this music is, I want to highlight a piece of music by Nelson Howe, included in the 9th issue, entitled “Fur Music” It was written to explore the tactile qualities of fur and to provide a situation where the performer may translate his tactile sensations into patterns of sound.


So here is a picture of the score, included are the pieces of fur and exact instructions on how to touch them. Each symbol and color provide different instructions to the performer on exactly how and when to touch it, and in return, their tactile sensations translate into patterns of sound.

Fur Music III and IV follow different types of instructions to produce different patterns in sound. Each movement ranges in how many figures to use while touching the fur from the whole hand, to two fingers. I can honestly say there is no other piece like it!


There is another work that I want to highlight written by Gerald Shapiro entitled “Breath.” Quoted in this magazine, Gerald said, “I have come to conceive of music as a way of listening rather than the sound which is listened to, and of a piece of music as a process of interaction resulting in the special kind of listening we call music.” With that in mind, he wrote “Breath,” an electronic composition involving microphones, live audio processing, headphones and a group of people.


The score included with additional instruction, calls for the group of people to sit in a circle (in a “darkened room”) and breath together. As they breath, the microphones pick up the audio signal, sends it to a processing station where it gets modified and then returns the signal back to the headsets where the listener/performer hears what the group sounds like. The piece continues until everyone present has had an opportunity to participate!


Just from these two pieces, you can see that this magazine features very unique music and thought. Some are even coupled with records so you can hear performances. They are all incredibly interesting and use all kinds of instruments ranging from acoustic to electric, and even objects that aren’t considered to be instruments like fur.

Come by the library and explore the minds of experimental composers and musicians!



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New Year, New Music!

This is going to be a great year in pop music. Many musicians have already talked about new works that are currently underway and some even have release dates! Here are some of the albums that I’m excited about!

sia17.jpg   Sia – “This Is Acting” Release Date: January 29th

a5b8bbf9c18b80a7dbf3dd30a102e68a.600x600x1.jpg   Kanye West – “Swish” Release Date: February 11th

1035x1035-EltonJohn-WCN-WEB-1500pxl.jpg   Elton John – “Wonderful Crazy Nights” February 5th

pusha_t___king_push_by_kc_covers-d766thx.jpg  Pusha T – “King Push” Release Date: Spring

e734ed0895c7e66b239e75176b0608df.600x600x1.png   Drake – “View From the 6” Release Date: TBA

Rihanna-Anti.jpg   Rihanna – “Anti” Release Date: TBA

Frank Ocean – “Boys Don’t Cry”  Release Date: TBA

U2 – “Songs of Experience” Release Date: TBA

Missy Elliott – Release Date: TBA

Metallica – Release Date: TBA

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Release Date: TBA

Lady Gaga – Release Date: TBA

Bruno Mars – Release Date: TBA

Qwen Stefani – Release Date: TBA

There are SOOO many other bands and musicians preparing their albums that are also set to be released this year as well! Check out this two links below to discover who else has already announced/talked about upcoming albums!


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First CDs of 2016

Come check out our newest CDs that were just added, fresh for 2016!

Etta James – The Chess Box – CD 10497

Andrew Maxfield & Eric Bibb – Celebrating Wendell Berry in Music – CD 10505

Tommy Johnson – Canned Heart Beats – CD 10506

Hamid Bin Hussein Sea Band – Kuwait Sea Songs of the Arabian Gulf – CD 10491

“The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band – Elements – CD 10496

Sly & Robbie and Spicy Chocolate – The Reggae Power 2 – CD 10502

Bukka White – The Complete Bukka White – CD 10504

Shujaat Husain Khan, Katayoun Goudarzi – Ruby – CD 10481

Court and Spark – Joni Mitchell – CD 10508

Robert Cray, Johnny Copeland, Albert Collins – Showdown! – CD 10515

Brian Harnetty – Rawhead & Bloodybones – CD 10503

Gene De Paul – Songs from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – CD 10473

Various – Legends of Old-Time Music – CD 10507

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