Staff Picks Fall 2018

Staff Picks Fall 2018

The AU Music Library is home to a collection of over 10,000 CDs, with many different genres and eras of music to choose from. Throughout the semester, our staff has listened to and enjoyed a wide variety of these albums—here are some of our favorites!


Cameron Betchy

Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

This is easily one of my favorite albums in the music library. Sufjan Stevens has created a delicate, sensitive, and emotionally moving piece of art. His use of instrumentation mixed with haunting lyrics gives this album both an eerie and timeless feeling. Written for his mother and stepfather, each song is heavy with reminiscence and emotion. My personal favorite track is “Fourth of July” which manages to bring me to tears every time I listen to it, even in very crowded places. It is rare for me to find music so impactful and that is why this is my choice. If you want a unique musical and personal experience, this album will be just the thing for you.


Camille Cote

The Last Five Years

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The Last Five Years is quite simply my favorite musical. Truly it allows for a good cry but then the next song brings out a big laugh, and I guess I’m a fan of the true emotional rollercoaster it provides. I find Jason Robert Brown’s music to perfectly match the lyrics and provide insight into the character’s emotional turmoil at any given moment. Some personal favorites include “The Schmuel Song,” “I Can Do Better Than That,” and “A Summer in Ohio.” I’m also a huge fan of “See I’m Smiling” and attribute that song to part of why I’m a musical theatre major (It’s my favorite song I’ve ever performed). Basically, if you haven’t listened to this musical, LISTEN TO THIS MUSICAL. But, buy a pint of Ben and Jerry’s and a pack of tissues first.


Matt Francisco

Bon Iver – 22, A Million

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Bon Iver is easily one of my favorite artists for the way he seamlessly meshes folk with electronically produced elements. I’m a huge fan of both electronic and lighter, acoustic music styles, so it’s very interesting to me when artists create a strong contrast between the two. This album specifically delves deeper into his electronic side, utilizing creative synthesis and vocoder effects to create compelling soundscapes. Additionally, his poetry and lyricism continue to get better and better with every new release. My favorite track from the album is 715 – CR∑∑KS, for its incredible lyrics and original songwriting.


Emily Langlois

Frank Sinatra Conducts Tone Poems of Color

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This album is a beautiful intersection of music and art. It features 8 compositions that were written as accompaniments to poems of different colors. Conducted by the legendary Frank Sinatra, the songs almost perfectly capture emotions that each of the colors emulates. Listening to the piece, reading the poems, and envisioning the colors provide a truly immersive listening experience. My personal favorites are “Yellow, The Laughter” and “Blue, The Dreamer”.


Dan McCahon

The Best of the Andrews Sisters

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The Andrew Sisters are a classic group! Their melodies are timeless and the vocal harmonies between the three sisters are unparalleled. The songs have a very wide appeal and have been featured on many different forms of media for years. This is a great album to listen to when you just want to just sit under an apple tree, or boogie-woogie around with the bugle boy of company b.


Elizabeth McCarren

Snarky Puppy – Family Dinner Volume One

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Snarky Puppy, one of my favorite bands, released this album in 2013, featuring star vocalists on each track.  These high-soaring vocals combined with the band’s jazz electronica vibe make for an incredible album.  The first track “Free Your Dreams” is my favorite and features Chantae Cann.  This song will have you hooked right away and has a smooth transition to the soulful and upbeat “Gone Under” featuring Shayna Steele.  The first time I listened to this album I couldn’t get it out of my head and it remains one of my favorites.
Amanda Steadman

ChicagoChicago Transit Authority

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Over the summer I have the opportunity to explore recordings we might not otherwise play in the Music Library; this past summer that included the Very Best of Chicago album (CD 2070). I do not recommend the Very Best of Chicago. The first 5-6 songs are great, and the rest is really awful 80s ballads. To my ears, Chicago is a band that started out amazing and went downhill sharply over the course of their career. Thus their debut album, self-titled under the band’s original moniker Chicago Transit Authority, is a clear favorite for me. Although there are a few extended solos I sometimes skip, most of this album is full of lush horn arrangements and classic songs. You can clearly hear the jazz influence in the structure of this classic rock. Standout tracks for me are “Does anybody really know what time it is?” and “Beginnings”.


All of these selections are available to check out at the Music Library and are currently featured on our display case! To browse the rest of our collection, check out our web and Pinterest pages.


New Scores! New Scores! Come and get em!

Looking for some fun new scores to push your playing or singing to the next level? Look no further than this month’s new arrivals!

Handle Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Piano and Vocal Score) M 1503 .H135 G64 2005

Johannes Brahms Streichquartette Opus 51 (String Quartet) M452 .B8 OP.51 2007

Johannes Brahms String quartet in B♭ major, op. 67 (String Quartet) M452 .B8 OP.67 2007

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Divertimento K. 563 ; Fragment K. Anh. 66 : for violin, viola and violoncello (Violin, Viola and Violoncello) M350.M69 S4 2011

Bartók Quartet no. 1, opus 7 (Two Violins, Viola, And Cello) M 452 .B29 NO.1 1973

Alberto Ginastera String Quartet No.1 Op. 20 (String Quartet) M 452 .G45 NO.1 2000


More CDs Have Arrived!

Lookin for a new musical to fall in love with? Lookin for some upbeat Jazz and Blues to jam to? Or looking for an upbeat pop album to dance to? Well, look no further than this week’s new arrivals!

Sweet Emma and her Preservation Hall Jazz Band Sweet Emma CD 2994

Clifton Chenier and his Red Hot Louisiana Band in New Orleans Clifton Chenier CD 2724

Home of the Strange Young the Giant CD 3000

1938-42 Recordings Blue Barron and his Orchestra CD 3002

The View Upstairs Original Cast Recording CD 2997

Mother of Blues Box Set Ma Rainey CDs 2996/1-5

(Not pictured) The King Sisters 1937-1938 CD 3003


Thriller Nights: A cultural discussion on Michael Jackson hosted by the AU Library

Thriller Nights: A cultural discussion on Michael Jackson hosted by the AU Library

Darkness falls across the land…

The midnight hour is now at hand…

Calling all creatures of the night, Halloween fanatics, Michael Jackson lovers, and pop-culture connoisseurs! On October 25th, the American University Library will be presenting a cultural reading of Michael Jackson’s best-selling album, Thriller.

Director of American Studies, Dr. Tristan Cabello, will discuss Thriller on a deeper level than the mainstream popularity we’re all familiar with. Despite the fact that the opening synth chords in the album’s title track urge everyone to bust out its’ signature dance moves, the song, music video, and album also had a significant impact on pop-culture moving forward into the next three decades.

American pop has experienced many shifts in its musical evolution, but it has never seen anything quite like Michael Jackson’s influence after the release of Thriller on November 30th, 1982. “From the birth of the music video as an art form, to the participation of ballroom-trained black queer choreographers, to the negotiation of the digital turn in the recording industry,” there is much to learn about his contributions to society both during and after his lifetime.

If you’re interested in attending this event and wish to prepare, feel free to stop by the Music Library to check out our complete Michael Jackson Discography! CDs are available to check out for 1 week or you are more than welcome to use the CD player provided in the library to enjoy.

The discussion will be held in Bender Library Training and Events Room 150, and more information can be found on the University Library’s page:


New CDs and Score just in time for the start of this School Year!

The first batch of new CDs and Scores is here at the Music Library, including three new musical theater recordings as well as some fantastic scores!


In Transit: Broadway’s First A Cappella Musical Original Cast Recording Various Artists CD 2981

Bubble Boy Original Cast Recording Cinco Paul CD 2982

Kurt Vonnegut’s: God Bless You Mr. Rosewater Premier Cast Recording Alan Menken CD 2983



David Eric Davis’s Brooklyn Crush (Piano and Vocal Score) M1503 .D245 B7 2013

Fauré String Quartet Op. 121 M452 .F26 op.121 2010

Wolf Italian Serenade in G major (For Two Violins, Viola and Cello) M452 .W858 I8 1942

Béla Bartok Streichquartett Nr. 4 (String Quartet) M452 .B29 no.4 2012

Antonin Dvorak String Quartet Op. 96 in F Major M452 .D98 B.179 2015

Ravel String Quartet in F major (Paganini Quartet) M452 .R254 1951


Last New CDS and Scores of the Summer!

One last batch of new items before the school year begins, including some interesting new music theatre CDs, guitar repertoire, and some chamber music!


Red Hot: A Memphis Celebration of Sun Records Various Artists CD 2963

Ella: Accentuate the Positive Regina Carter CD 2964

Straight Outta Compton N.W.A. CD 2965

Paul Hindemith: The String Quartets Juilliard String Quartet CD 2966

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical Original Cast Rob Rokicki CD 2967

Bandstand Original Broadway Cast Richard Oberacker CD 2968

Leonard Bernstein: Complete Solo Works for Piano Andrew Cooperstock CD 2969

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Original Broadway Cast Marc Shaiman CD 2971

Dear Mama 2pac CD 2900

Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 Thelonius Monk Quintet CD 2962

Fred Lerdahl Volume Five Various Performers CD 2959

Ma Fleur The Cinematic Orchestra CD 2972

Amélie Original Broadway Cast Daniel Messé CD 2970

Chicago Transit Authority Chicago CD 2977

40 Years of Film Music Jerry Goldsmith CD 2974

The Omen: The Essential Jerry Goldsmith Film Music Collection Jerry Goldsmith CD 2979

Planet of the Apes: Original Film Soundtrack Jerry Goldsmith CD 2973


Frédéric Chopin, Preludes Op. 28, Op. 45 (solo piano) M22 .C545 P78 2012

Anton Webern, Variations op. 27 (solo piano) M27 .W37 op.27 2016

Masters of the Guitar: Andrés Segovia: The Finest Pieces from His Repertoire (solo guitar) M125 .A53 1987

Frederick Noad’s Classical Guitar Treasury (solo guitar) M125 .F74 1998

Frank Koonce, ed., Johann Sebastian Bach: The Solo Lute Works (solo guitar) M128 .B12 K6 2002

Andrew Norman, The Companion Guide to Rome (violin, voila, ‘cello; score + parts) M351 .N67 C66 2016

Johannes Brahms, Piano Quartet in g minor, op. 25 (piano, violin, viola, ‘cello; score + parts) M412 .B8 op.25 K74 2010

Antonín Dvořák, Piano Quartet in E-flat major, op. 87 (piano, violin, viola, ‘cello; score + parts) M412 .D98 op.87 2012

William Bolcom, String Quartet No. 7 (2 violins, viola, ‘cello; score + parts) M452 .B665 no.7 2016

Nathaniel Stookey, String Quartet No. 1 (2 violins, viola, ‘cello; score + parts) M452 .S878 no.1 2016

Nathanial Stookey, String Quartet No. 2 (Musée Mécanique) (2 violins, viola, ‘cello; score + parts) M452 .S878 no.2 2016

Peter Schickele, Percussion Sonata No. 3 “Maverick” (percussion quartet; score + parts) M485 .S35 S63 2016

Paul Lansky, The Long and Short of It (flute, oboe, B-flat clarinet, horn in F, bassoon; score + parts) M557 .L277 L6 2015

Michael Daugherty, Bay of Pigs (classical guitar and strings (2 violins, viola, ‘cello, opt. bass); score + parts) M572 .D28 B3 2016

Ludwig van Beethoven, Concerto in C major for Pianoforte, Violin, Violoncello and Orchestra “Triple Concerto” op. 56 (piano solo, violin, ‘cello parts + piano reduction) M1041 .B4 op.56 2012

Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner, Gigi (vocal selections) M1508 .L82 G53 2008


New Scores 7/19/17

Another new batch of scores has returned from the bindery! Today’s group includes more new musical theatre books and chamber music.

Musical Theatre Books

Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bring It On (vocal selections) M1508 .K58 B7 2013
Barbara Anselmi, It Shoulda Been You (vocal selections) M1508 .A67 I78 2016
Marc Shaiman, Catch Me If You Can (vocal selections) M1508 .S462 C38 2011
Andrew Lippa, Big Fish (vocal selections) M1508 .L547 B54 2014
Christopher Curtis, Chaplin: The Musical (vocal selections) M1508 .C87 C5 2012
Sara Bareilles, Waitress (vocal selections) M1508 .B364 W35 2015

Orchestral Scores

John Adams, Son of Chamber Symphony (for chamber orchestra) M1001 .A337 S66 2011
Aaron Copland, Music for Movies M1003 .C778 M795 1970
Jacob Druckman, Brangle M1045 .D759 B7 1991

Chamber Music

Claude Debussy, Premier Quatuor (2 vln, vla, cello, score + parts) M452 .D281 op.10 2007
Gabriel Faure, Quartet No. 2 (piano, vln, vla, cello parts) M412 .F3 op.45 1950
Cesar Franck, Quintet in F minor (piano + string quartet parts) M512 .F8 Q33 1900z
Charles Ives, String Quartet No. 2 (score + parts) M452 .I97 no.2 2016
Felix Mendelssohn, String Quartets, op. 12 & op. 13 (parts) M452 .M53 op. 12 1989
W.A. Mozart, Quartet in G minor (piano, vln, vla, cello parts) M412 .M69 K.478 F4 1958
W.A. Mozart, Quartet in E-flat major (piano, vln, vla, cello parts) M412 .M69 K.493 F4 1957
W.A. Mozart, String Quintets, v. 2 (2 vlns, 2 vlas, cello parts) M551 .M9 S77 2006
Steve Reich, Eight Lines (Octet) (full score) M985 .R45 E38 1998
Stephen Sondheim, Suite from Invitation to a March (fl (dbl. picc), B-flat cl, hn in F, tpt in B-flat and harp (or pno) score + parts) M1515 .S694 I65 2016

Solo Instruments

William Bolcom, Night Pieces: Five Preludes for Piano M25 .B65 N54 2016
William Bolcom, Fantasy-Sonata and Dream Music No. 1 for solo piano M23 .B687 no.1 2016
Frederic Chopin, Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, op. 60 (piano) M25 .C545 B37 2012
James Curnow, Symphonic Variants (euphonium + piano) M1206 .C87 S96 1998
Alberto Ginastera, Sonata for Guitar Op. 47 M127 .G562 op.47 1978