More New Scores!

Hey I just met you, and this is crazy, but we actually have more new scores than I told you about this weekend, baby.

Adams – Become Ocean for orchestra – M1045 .A322 B4 2014

Bartok – Sonata for solo violin – M42 .B28 S6 2000z

Bastien – The Older Beginner Piano Course Level 1 – MT225 .B37 O43 1977 (2 copies)

Bloch – Suite no. 1-3 for cello – M52 .B65 S8 1957 no. 1-3

Del Tredici – Facts of Life for solo guitar – M127 .D45 F33 2014

Eccles – Sonata in G minor for string bass and piano – M238 .E4 S6 1951

Grondahl – Concerto for trombone, piano and orchestra – M1033 .G76 C66 1992

Hindemith – Sonate for viola solo – M47 .H56 op.11 no.5 2000z

Hodkinson – Brain Drops; A Serenade for four hands – M25 .H63 B7 2014

Mozart – Concerto No. 1 in G Major for flute and piano – M1021 .M8 k.313 1960

Osborne – Rhapsody for clarinet – M72 .O78 R43 1958

Pasatieri – In the Light of Angels – M2034 .P37 I6 2014

Quantz – Six Duets for two flutes, vol. II – M289 .Q83 D84 1976 v.2

Reynolds – George Washington – M1625 .R49 G46 2013

Schickele – Top o’ The Millennium for two violas – M287 .S323 T67 2014

Shaiman – Bombshell: The New Marylin Musical From Smash – M1503 .S425 B6 2013

Sollberger – New Millennium Memo I for solo flute – M62 .S687 N49 2014

Stockhausen – In Friendship for bassoon – M77 .S864 I5 1983

Stravinsky – Three Pieces for clarinet solo – M72 .S78 P5 1900z

Torke – Winter’s Tale for cello and orchestra – M1016 .T68 W78 2015

Vocal Selections from Peter Pan: the Musical – M1508 .C45 P4 1994

Weber – Concerto and Orchestra F Major for bassoon and piano – M1027 .W4 op. 75 1990

Weber – Grand Duo Concertant for piano and clarinet/violin – M250 .W42 op.48 1900z

Zeitlin – Palestina – M2 .R2375 v. 76

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New Scores!

Just look at all these scores!


Adler – Two Southern Appalachian Folk Songs for violin and piano – M221 .A33 S6 2014

Baksa- Duo Sonata no. 6 for violin and viola – M287 .B296 D883 2014

Bartok – Violin Concerto no. 2 – M1013 .B33 no.2 1990z

Beethoven – Sonatas for Piano and Violin – M219 .B416 B672 1978 v.2

Bennett – Partita study score – M1003 .B466 P37 2014

Boehm – Fantaisie sur des themes ecossais for flute and piano – M242 .B67 F2 2002

Bolcom – Graceful Ghost Rag Concert Variation for viola and piano – M228 .B65 G73 2014

Cage – Sixteen Dances for piano – M30 .C25 D36 2013

Benny Goodman: Composer/Artist – M248 .B46 1980

Dvorak – Violin Concerto in A minor – M1013 .D967 op.53 B3 2013

Haydn – Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra in C major – M1023 .H39 H.VIIg 1900z

Kernis – String Quartet no. 2 (Musica Instrumentalis) – M452 .K39 no.2 2014

Lansky – Book of Memory: Suite for Flute, Viola and Harp – M382 .L298 B66 2014

Mendelssohn – Sonata for Piano and Violincello in B-Flat Major, op. 45 – M231 .M53 op.45 2001

Mozart – Horn Quintet in Eb Major – M562 .M68 K.407 2010

Pärt – Fratres for viola and piano – M226 .P126 F73 2005

Pärt – Spiegel im Spiegel for viola and piano – M228 .P37 S65 2009

Pärt – Summa for string quartet – M454 .P377 S86 2011

Piazzolla – Le Grand Tango for baritone sax and piano – M269 .P534 G73 2014

Quantz – Six Duets for two flutes – M289 .Q83 D84 1976 v.1

Ran – Logan Promenades for two trumpets – M289 .R26 L65 2014

Schubert – Variation on the lied “Trockne Blumen” for flute and piano – M242 .S37 D.802 2004

Schwartz & Zimmer – The Prince of Egypt piano, guitar & vocal score – M1508 .S41 P75 1998

Weber – Clarinet concerto in E# major – M1025 .W37 op.74 1995

Weber – Concerto no. 1 in F minor for clarinet and piano – M1025 .W37 op.73 1958

Williams – Flos Campi study score – M1014 .V28 F5 2014

Williams – Norfolk Rhapsody No. 2 study score – M1045 .V38 N672 no. 2 2014

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Cool DC Events: NPR’s Screening a Punk Doc

The impact of Dischord Records and its surrounding miniverse of hardcore and post-hardcore punk is enormous, and its influence is still felt today in D.C. and everywhere. For alternative music fans living in our nation’s capital, it is nearly a ritual to glorify D.C.’s past as a hotbed for a thriving, groundbreaking punk scene.

The latest artifact of this culture has surfaced in an in-depth documentary on the old scene, entitled “Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90).” Created by Scott Crawford, a zine publisher-turned-documentarian, the 90 minute film combines unique vintage concert footage with current-day interviews.

In a great tip of the hat to the scene of old, NPR Music will be hosting a screening of this documentary in its DC office. According to their blog, Scott Crawford will appear after the screening on a panel along with Jim Saah, the film’s director of photography, as well as veteran DC punk Brian Baker (Minor Threat, Bad Religion) and moderated by Ally Schweitzer of WAMU.

The event is on Tuesday, May 5 at 7pm. Unfortunately, it’s already been fully sold out, but hopefully you know someone who can get you in! Otherwise, don’t fret. The Library has your back. Come by and ask about our great (and still building) collection of DC punk classic CDs and DVDs! You can celebrate the rich punk legacy of our city here with us.

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The Value of Music: Pitchfork weighs in

If you’ve kept up with our blog (I mean why wouldn’t you) you’d know we have a bit of a passing interest in the state of the music industry. With new music streaming platforms revealed every few months or so and the constant specter of declining music sales, the value of music is a mystery, and an ongoing online conversation exists trying to figure out what it really is.

Longtime Pitchfork contributor Marc Hogan has added his voice with an opus of a feature entitled “How Much Is Music Really Worth?“. This piece is essentially a giant economical analysis of the value of music, focused mostly on the shifting value of physical music sales. It includes several interesting infographics such as the one below, analyzing this shift in value.

In addition to his deep analysis of music itself, Hogan also covers topics such as live revenue and music publishing. He does a good job of examining all the facets of music-related income.

However, all of his explication seems to lead him to the inevitable truth that it has become more and more difficult to make a living as a musician. Hogan describes his experience with seeing the band Single Mothers on a tour that wasn’t making them any money, noting that most live revenue goes to a top 1% of performers.

Hogan attempts to end the piece on a positive note, noting that while some may think that music is worthless, worthless is just another word for priceless. He sets the value of music as transcending dollars and cents, which to him is what makes it worth the most. While I agree that music is worth more to me than most things, this seems like a sort of cop out… if the sole value of music is that people enjoy it, how will anybody afford to make it in the future? This is the sort of thing we’ll have to watch play out, I believe.


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AU Musical Events: The Antlers with Boon, 4/18

S-A,T-U-R, D-A-Y, hey! What are you doing this Saturday night, readers? Let me tell you exactly what.

You will, if you know what’s up, be attending WVAU’s spring concert! For those who don’t know, WVAU is American University’s very own student-run radio station. They broadcast from MGC and hold awesome campus events like this one. Also, they are the current holder of CMJ (College Music Journal)’s award for #1 student-run, internet-only radio station. Anyways they put on a decent-size concert every semester, highlighting artists from the world of independent music, in a series called “Capitol Punishment.”

This semester’s show features the Antlers, an indie rock band known for their deeply emotional and atmospheric style. Frontman Peter Silberman released solo projects under the name until 2009’s Hospice, the first full-band album by the Antlers, which garnered huge amounts of critical praise and devotion from fans for its intensely sad content and powerful sound. 2011’s sophomore album Burst Apart cooled the emotional jets (just a little) and added some more atmosphere, again very successful. On 2012’s Undersea EP and last year’s third album Familiars, the band have proven themselves to be experts in sonic texture, blending enormous atmospheres of guitar pedals and melancholy brass with beautiful melodies in a sweeping, nearly post-rock style. Their performance is sure to be hypnotic and moving.

Opening for them will be a group of AU students going by Boon (full disclosure: I am in Boon). This four-piece, composed of AU seniors Brendan Principato, Drew Sher, Luke Ramsey and myself, alternates dynamic, energetic tempos with more spacious instrumentals. At least I like to think so. Listen to Boon’s debut EP here!

And with a poster this cool, you know the event is going to rule!

The show begins tomorrow night at 8:30 in the SIS Founder’s room (which surprisingly can sustain a great concert!). It is free with AU ID, closed to the public, so no 30 year-old Tinder dates allowed. But that’s okay, because you will be able to cry out your loneliness in a room filled with feeling friends, all enjoying the beautiful music together in arms. See you there!

P.S. Here’s the facebook event.

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AU Musical Events: The Music of Steve Antosca

Events, events, events! AU’s Dept. of Performing Arts sure knows how to end a semester. This weekend brings several events, which I will further cover this week. The first comes this Friday night: AU Workshop’s Spring Concert. Led by saxophonist and AU musician in residence Noah Getz, AU Workshop is a large ensemble that plays in whatever genre or style they feel like in the moment, often meshing popular music with jazz and avant-garde style.

Titled “The Music of Steve Antosca,” this is the latest in the Workshop’s “Living Composers Series” which highlights, well, living composers. Steve Antosca is a D.C.-based composer who blends live instrumentation with electronic processing to create improvisatory technological soundscapes. According to the facebook page for this event, his work has been described as “spectacular and wonderfully provocative” by the Washington Post. Side note: this guy taught me as an adjunct prof during my first ATEC class here at AU.

Back to the topic at hand, this should be a really exciting event! It’ll be cool to hear the ways that our student musicians adapt to the strange and adventurous compositional style of Antosca’s works.

The event will be this Friday (April 17) at 8pm, in the Abramson Family Recital hall in Katzen. Come to hear the very reverberant walls echo with warped instruments and space sounds!

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AU Musical Events: A Blast of Brass, 4/11-12

Boy, do I love spring in the AU Department of Performing Arts. It seems as if every new day brings a new performance or event, which means fun and easy blog content! But actually, it is great to walk around Katzen knowing I’ll probably run in on some concert or other. It’s an exciting artistic environment!

As you all know, tonight is our AU Jazz Orchestra’s spring concert, sure to be a wild time, but do you think our performing arts students and faculty will take the weekend off afterwards? No way! Instead, AU’s Chamber Singers are partnering up with the Rockville Brass Band to bring you “A Blast of Brass!” on both Saturday and Sunday.

Led, respectively, by our own Dan Abraham and the appropriately-named Nigel Horne, these two ensembles will join in a rendition of John Rutter’s “Gloria,” as well as traditional British Brass Band works by Eric Ball, Peter Graham and Richard Strauss. What a sturdy trio of names.

The events will occur at 8pm tomorrow and 3pm on Sunday afternoon, both in the Abramson Recital Hall in Katzen. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for AU community members and seniors. RSVP for the facebook event, and find tickets here!

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